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Cactus Classic Trail Race

Starting crowd 2012


Date and Time:

     Saturday March 14th 2015, 8:30 AM 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)

    -MARATHON (2 loops of the half marathon course)

    Secure online registration for 2015

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)


     - 2014 Official Results -

     - 2013 Official Results -

     - 2012 Official Results -

     - 2011 Official Results -

     - 2010 Official Results -

     -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


Race Director:

     Greg DeKeyser


    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

   1st-3rd place Male/Female for 39 and under (Open)

   1st-3rd place Male/Female for 40 to 55 (Masters)

   1st-3rd place Male/Female for 56 and up (Grand Masters)

   Half and Full Marathons
   Overall Male/Female for each distance
   FINISHERS MEDALS FOR ALL FINISHERS with special inscription for age group winners
   *due to the wide range of finish times,  awards will be handed out as runners cross the finish line.

Time Limits:

    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 or at the race directors discretion.


Course Description:

     This course 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 sections.   The 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. 

        -10K Course: The course in green is run clockwise on the map below.  The first road crossing and aid station (#1 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
        -Half/Marathon Course: The course is shown in blue below.  It will begin with the 10K course and split off shortly after the first aid station.  The first aid station is at 2.1 miles (#1) and the split off is at 2.35 miles. Road crossings are unassisted so use caution.  (aid station #2 is removed since the marathon distance is disontinued).  Aid Station (#3) may or may not be manned and is at approximately 9 miles. The next aid station it at the 11.4 mile mark (#4) which is shared with the 10K course. The remainder of the course will be shared between with the 10K distance.

       -NOTE: Please 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!


Course Map: