Cactus Classic Trail Race
Date and Time:
tentatively: Saturday March 14th 2015, 9AM start
Sand Ridge State Forest, near Manito, IL
-10K (actual distance is approximately 6.4 miles)
-HALF MARATHON (actual distance is approximately 13.4 miles)
2015 registration will open in late 2014
Course Records as of the 2014 race:
10K - Mike Heffron - 42:01 (2014)
Half Marathon - Mike Heffron - 1:23:30 (2012)
Marathon - John Knudson - 3:25:21 (2013)
10K - Gina Fick - 53:23 (2010)
Half Marathon - Rachel Furman - 1:51:13 (2011)
Marathon - Catherine Pinkston - 6:12:21 (2012)
-2012 MARATHON Photos by Brian Coates.
-2012 HALF MARATHON Photos by Brian Coates.
-2012 10K Photos by Brian Coates.
-2012 Photos by David Shaver.
-2011 Photos by Brian Coates.
-2011 Photos by Bob Padilla/Fujimo Sports Photography
-YouTube Video of 2012 Race Start by Brian Coates
pre-registered participants will get a gear item. those who
register late or on race day are not guarenteed an item but the price
will remain the same. 10K participants will receive a
commemorative shirt with race logo, 13.1 participants will receive a
moisture management hooded sweatshirt
Overall Male/Female for each distance
place Male/Female for 39 and under (Open)
place Male/Female for 40 to 55 (Masters)
place Male/Female for 56 and up (Grand Masters)
to the wide range of finish times, awards will be handed out as
runners cross the finish line.
Given the challenging nature of the course and distance,
Marathon-distance runners may be blocked from begining their 2nd loop
of the course if they have taken longer than 3.5hrs for the first loop.
runs through the pine forests of Sand Ridge State
Forest. It begins and ends at the "Oak Campground". The
trail is has many flat runable section with several rolling
trails themselves consist of loose sandy soil for which the park is
named. Running these trails is similar to running on a
beach. This race is named for the variety of cactus which grows
wild throughout the park. Keep your eyes open and you should be
able to spot them.
course in green is
run clockwise on the map below. The first road crossing and aid
on the map) is at mile 2.1 on the GPS. Road crossings are
unassisted, use caution! The 2nd road crossing is mile
3.44 on the GPS. The 3rd road crossing and 2nd aid station (#4 on the
map) is at
mile 4.4 on the GPS. The 4th and last road crossing is at mile
5.75 and the finish line is at mile 6.4
note the distances between aid stations (above). Most people who
chose to run the half marathon may find that they need to carry
a handheld water bottle or a water pack of some sort. Please
judge for yourself, keep the weather in mind, and plan accordingly!