Friday, October 7, 2016

100 Half Marathons - Club Challenge of Fifty States Half Marathon Club - Illinois Running Clubs

Illinois half marathon runners and walkers!  Join a great club with lots of challenges to work on, as well as lots of discounts and great members.  Many half marathon runners and walkers out there can’t alway afford to travel around to all 50 states.  The 100 Half Marathons Challenge™ is a perfect alternative!  Join Fifty States Half Marathon Club and work toward your 100 half marathons, and take your time on the other challenges.  All members can work toward all the challenges.

Fifty States Half Marathon Club hosts a big annual meet up in a new state every year, which includes the big annual awards night for all the club members that finish a challenge.  From the 100 Half Marathons Challenge™ to the 50 States Half Marathon Challenge™, or 50 States Endurance Challenge™, runners and walkers will enjoy a great group of members, with lots of opportunity to meet members at races.  Paint your journey on the cool 100 Half Marathons shirts, designed by Fifty States Half Marathon Club, or the map back design as you work toward 50 states.


Additionally, there is the 500 Endurance Challenge™, the 7 Continents Endurance Challenge™, and the new Canada 10 Provinces Half Marathon Challenge™.  A description of each challenge can be found at the official website of Fifty States Half Marathon Club.

Beautiful, classy awards when you finish a challenge!

Join the club and start working toward your 100 half marathons, or 50 states, at

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Biggest Loser Race Series Chicago Half Marathon in Illinois

The August 13th, 2016 The Biggest Loser Race Series Chicago Half Marathon in Illinois is a walker friendly event, and a great event for first time half marathoners.  The Race series is one of the most supportive half marathon series out there in the USA for back of the pack participants and first timers.  They "get it" when it comes to accepting the changes in the half marathon industry.  The industry has shifted to accepting all levels, abilities, and speeds, focusing on the finisher, and not the time. Admittedly (and unfortunately), there is still a big portion of the half marathon industry that aren't adapting to change, but The Biggest Loser Race Series is not one of them.

Race series shirt and a tote bag for all participants, race medal, post race food, and tons of cheering and support!  For more information, visit the Illinois half marathons page and scroll to August half marathons.

Illinois half marathons 2016

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Sunset Half Marathon in Chicago

The July 24th, 2016 Fitness For America Sunset Half Marathon in Chicago, IL, kicking off at 5:30pm, is currently the only evening half marathon event in the Chicago area. The course is a combo of roads and paved trails.  Moisture wicking tech shirts for all participants, average medal, live band at the finish.  For more information, visit the Illinois half marathons page and scroll to July half marathons for a direct link.

Illinois Half Marathons 2016

Friday, July 15, 2016

Humana Rock'n'Roll Chicago Half Marathon in Illinois

The Sunday July 17, 2016 Humana Rock'n'Roll Chicago Half Marathon in Illinois is a mostly flat course winding through the city of Chicago. The forecast for this Sunday is a high of 88 with a chance of scattered thunderstorms, some possibly severe, so wear a hat or visor to protect your eyes, and bring your wind & rain jacket if you want to stay dry!  For a direct link to the event, visit the Illinois Half Marathons page, and scroll down to July half marathons.

Illinois Half Marathons 2016

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Race Reviews for Half Marathons in Illinois

Do you have a race review for a half marathon in Illinois?  If so, feel free to submit a half marathon review for consideration!   Here are some great topics runners like to read about in your half marathon review:

Was the race well organized?  Packet pick up, expo, start time, timing, support?

Did this race have an expo, or just a small packet pickup?

Were enough volunteers recruited? How was on course support?  Enough food?  Enough water?

How was the post race party?  Good food? Music?  Enough food?  Enough refreshments & recovery food or drinks? Describe.

How was the medal? below average? average? excellent?  beyond excellent, pretty cool?
Do you have a photo to share of your bling to include?

How was the swag?  Any awesome swag?  Brand of shirt?

How was the cost of the race compared to most half marathons?  about average, a great deal, way too expensive for the swag, bling and support that was provided, well worth the cost for the swag, bling, post race party and support received?

Was this a small race, a medium sized race, or large race?

Was the course scenic?  What was the highlight of the course (or highlights of the course)?
What made the course fun (or totally boring)?
Do you have any good scenic course photos to send us?

Describe the course.  Was it flat?  Rollers the whole way?  Flat with one big monster hill?  All up?  All down?  All up then all down? etc.  Was it shaded?  Trees, dessert, mountainous, city streets, all neighborhoods, through a park, etc?

We love to hear from our half marathon runners about all the half marathon races out there that you love, like, or didn't care for, and appreciate your feedback.  We may share your review in multiple locations such as our half marathon blogs, or possibly even on  You can ask to be published anonymously if you'd like, but we do need your information in order to publish.

Happy Running!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Get Ready for March Half Marathons in Illiniois

Time for a little break from half marathons in Illinois unless you're traveling somewhere warm!  The next half marathons in IL aren't until the weekend of March 14th& 15th, when the half marathon season in Illinois gets busy.  The Chicago Get Lucky Half Marathon will take place on the 14th of March, and the March Madness Half Marathon in Cary, IL will take place on Sunday the 15th (if you're looking to dive right in, make it a double!). If you want to knock out a half marathon in TWO STATES, you could run the nohtaraM seitiC xoF MCF Half Marathon on Saturday the 14t, only 3 hours away from the Sunday March Madness half marathon in Cary, IL on Sunday!  For more details, visit Illinois half marathons!half-marathons-illinois/cst9

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Biggest Loser RunWalk is coming to Chicago

Join former contestants on The Biggest Loser and run along Chicago's lakefront!

A race for all fitness levels, whether you are ready to set a personal record or this is your first race, come join us at The Biggest Loser RunWalk!

Each registered participant and finisher will receive the following:

• The Biggest Loser Finisher's Medal
• Commemorative Technical T-Shirt
• Drawstring Backpack
• Chip-Timed Race for Runners and Those Tracking Personal Goals
• Free Downloadable Race Photos
• Award Divisions for Runners and Walkers
•Celebrity appearances by former contestants from "The Biggest Loser"
• Hydration Stations with Water/Sports Drinks Along the Course
and Food at the Finish Line
• Finish Line Festival Entertainment by Billboard Chart Topping Artist &
Former Biggest Loser Season 5 Contestant, Dan Evans
• Last but not Least, a Truly Inspirational and Unforgettable Experience

The Biggest Loser Run / Walk Chicago Half Marathon

Friday, March 7, 2014

Illinois Half Marathons 2014 - Chicago Half Marathons half marathon calendar is rolling out a more mobile and iPad friendly version of their website, and Illinois half marathons are one of the first pages to be complete.  Check out 2014 half marathons in Illinois on the Illinois Half Marathon Calendar today! The 2015 half marathons in Illinois are starting to roll in as well.

or visit the home page ... Half Marathon Calendar USA

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Illinois Half Marathons is on Facebook

Illinois Half Marathons is on Facebook.  Come on over and "Like" Illinois Half Marathons Facebook! Another place to stay up to date on information regarding half marathons in Illinois, such as inaugural races, discounts, upcoming Illinois halfs and sometimes descriptions and highlights of various half marathon events in Illinois. Plus, interact with other Illinois half marathon runners with your posts as well.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Fly with the Eagles Half Marathon February in Illinois

Anyone getting out to run the only half marathon in Illinois in February?? Fly With the Eagles Half-Marathon on Feb 8, follows road and trail in the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. 

Visit the Illinois half marathon calendar for February half marathons and beyond

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Illinois Half Marathons 2014 - Illinois Half Marathon Calendar

Just a note to our readers, letting everyone know Illinois half marathons are up to date for 2014 at the Half Marathon Calendar!

Search for half marathons by state OR search for a half marathon by month.

The half marathon calendar is managed by Fifty States Half Marathon Club and is a free resource to the public.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

2014 Illinois Half Marathons

Do you have a 2014 Illinois half marathon date update or a new half marathon to add?  We are updating our half marathon calendar for 2014 as your dates are updated, so make sure to send us on over any Chicago half marathons or other Illinois Half Marathon 2014 dates!  

Illinois Half Marathon Calendar 2013 and 2014

Want to advertise your event?  We have great ad prices on our half marathon calendar as well!  Get visibility on one of the most up to date half marathon calendars on the web!

Click here to view our media kit and various advertising prices and deals.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Happy National Running Day to all you Illinois Runners

Wishing all you Illinois runners out there an extra special National Running day! Runners united like never before this year, and we are so grateful to be a part of such an awesome community full of all you awesome runners.

All the best, From your Running Friends at Fifty 50 States HALF Marathon Club and Half Marathon Calendar USA!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Illinois Half Marathon Runners, Marathoners & Triathletes - Join the Challenge!

Join in Illinois runners and triathletes, and take the Challenge!  Whether you are a half marathon runner, a full marathon runner, a half ironman triathlete or go long for the full ironman triathlons, OR like to do a little bit of all, ... we have a challenge for you!  Choose from 3 challenges .........

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Southern Illinois Spring Classic Race Review

Race review for the Souther Illinois Spring Classic by Fifty States Half Marathon Club member Jim Calcutt:

Completed the Southern Illinois Spring Classic in Lawrenceville IL. Not a new state, but gives me 18 halves overall. Good small town race - good course, decent water stop support. Most of it was on rural roads through cornfields so there weren't any crowds for support. If you like small town races this could be one for you to consider. If that's not the case, fear not, Illinois has many halves to choose from. :o)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Belleville Illinois Runner Off to Alaska to finish his 50th State of 50 States Half Marathon Challenge

Watch out!  Here George comes Alaska!  George Pugh of Belleville, Illinois is OFF to Alalska to run in the Mayor's Midnight Sun Half Marathon THIS SATURDAY to complete his 50th State (plus DC) of his challenge with Fifty States HALF Marathon Club!  George has been a fantastic asset to the camaraderie in the club, and we are excited for him to cross the finish line and complete such an awesome lifetime accomplishment.  George will then continue on to finish his 100 of the 100 HALF Anywhere Challenge.  GOOD LUCK GEORGE RACE #1406!!!!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Have a Half Marathon Race review Illinois Runners?

Feel free to share with us your Half Marathon race reviews.

What to share?

Course description:  flat, hilly, rollers, scenic

Best moment of the race?

What could they improve on if anything?




Aid Stations?

Post Party entertainment?


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Read the Article at this site
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Do you want to advertise your event on one of our State Pages at
 Half Marathon Calendar 2012 ?
We are running a special, advertise 2 consecutive months or longer and we'll give you the ad for only $100/month!!!!
Contact us for availability of the ad spot you'd like.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Cold Weather Training

Cold Weather Training
Article By: Paul “Crazy Legs” Stofko RRCA Running Coach
November 3, 2011

Cold weather training requires a little extra planning and protection before you head out the door. Your body loses heat quickly in cold weather due to convection (heat loss due to motion), conduction (transfer of heat due to temperature changes), evaporation of moisture, and radiation (transfer of energy caused by the difference between skin temperature and ambient temperature). The right layers will protect you from the elements without weighing you down. Cold can take it toll on your performance and comfort. And frostbitten skin is always a risk. But if you take some simple precautions, you can maintain your mileage in anything weather winter bring your way.

The challenge in dressing for winter training is not only to keep the winter chill and wetness out, but to manage the heat and moisture your body produces as well. Even in subfreezing temperatures your body produces a lot of heat and sweat. You can produce up to two liters per hour when running. Water conducts heat away from your body 25 times faster than air – great in summer, but dangerous in cold temperatures. Staying dry under your layers is critical and can impact heart rate, as well as comfort, dryness, and warmth.

Here are some tips for dressing in layers:

First Layer

Forget cotton. It holds moisture next to your skin. Choose the new lightweight, moisture-wicking fabrics that hold a very small percentage of their weight in moisture. Performance microfibers hold less than on percent of their weight in water compared to 17% wool or 8% cotton.

Second Layer

If you running in very cold weather, you may need a middle layer to trap the warmth your muscles generate. Choose a layer that produces maximum warmth with minimum bulk. Synthetic fibers have an advantage of staying drier than natural ones.

Outer Layer

Fibers have been developed that block the elements without trapping too much heat and moisture underneath. Look for waterproof fabrics that vent.

Hands and Head

Up to 40% of your body’s heat loss occurs from the head due to a large blood supply, extra surface area, and the mucus membranes of the nose and mouth. Choose thin microfiber hats and lightweight gloves liners for your hands.

Don’t forget your feet

Cotton is a bad choice for socks. Look for synthetic socks that won’t hold moisture and become packed down when damp.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Aurora Half Marathon in Aurora, Illinois November 2011

Runners in Illinois, ...... just around the corner is the Aurora Half Marathon!  Bundle up and join in the end of season running fun, kicking off with a Health and Fitness Expo on Saturday Nov 5th and a participant dinner Saturday evening.  Sunday events are chip timed and consist of a Half Marathon, a 5k and a 1 mile kids fun run.  The course is a scenic view, and all Half Marathon finishers receive a finisher medal.  There is also a live band at the finish post party!  Aurora Half Marathon is managed by Rapid Running Events , a sponsor of Fifty States HALF Marathon Club and offers a discount to Fifty States HALF Marathon Club members as well for race registration.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Discount to Rock n Roll Chicago Half Marathon, Peoria Half Marathon, 13.1 Chicago Half Marathon, and More!

Become a member of Fifty States HALF Marathon Club and get great discounts, including discounts to the popular Rock'n'Roll events such as Rock'n'Roll Chicago Half Marathon and all Rapid Running events such as the Peoria Half Marathon this August!  Also next years 13.1 Chicago Half Marathon, a great race to get a PR at!

                       Peoria Half Marathon



Saturday, June 4, 2011

Illinois Half Marathons, Half Marathon Runners, Race Directors & Event Organizers

Hi Illinois Half Marathon Runners, Race Directors and Event Organizers.  Feel free to email us Half Marathon Race News and Stories to post on our blog.  To send news, articles or fun information, please send us which Half Marathon State Blog you'd like it posted in at   CONTACT US

Also if you'd like your event or any other discounts to be added to the official Fifty States HALF Marathon Club Member Discount List that goes out to all our members across the United States, please send your event, website link and race discount code to be added for our official members to use.  Our members like to choose from races on our discount list when they look at choosing a half marathon in your state.  Send to  CONTACT US  and in return we will help promote your event.

If your Half Marathon event is missing from the Half Marathon Race Calendar found at and would like to be added, please send the event date, name, and website link to   CONTACT US

Monday, March 22, 2010


Saturday, Apr. 3        Lincoln Memorial Half Marathon                         Springfield, IL

Saturday, May 1        Illinois Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay & 5K     Champaign, IL

Sunday, May 2          Palos Bank Southwest Half Marathon                  Palos Heights, IL

Sunday, May 2          Great Western Half Marathon                             St. Charles, IL

Saturday, May 8      Bridge the Gap to Health Half Marathon, 10K, 5K   Quincy, IL

Saturday, May 8        Literacy Run Half Marathon                                   Rockford, IL

Sunday, May 9         Quad Cities Distance Classic Half Marathon & 5K    Moline, IL

Sunday, May 16       Rockford Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay          Rockford, IL

Sunday, May 16         Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10K                  Chicago, IL
FOR LINKS to half marathons, we are currently working to update our half marathon calendar at Fifty States HALF Marathon Club

Please let us know if we are missing any half marathons for April or May 2010. Thank you!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

HALF Marathon Runners and Race Directors in ILLINOIS

Feel free to send favorite races, half marathon events, and anything and everything related to HALF Marathons in Illinois!

For Race directory of Illinois HALF Marathons, go to

If interested in taking on a 50 STATE CHALLENGE or a 100 HALF ANYWHERE CHALLENGE, please check out Fifty States HALF Marathon Club at