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Christmas In July 6, 12, 24 Hour Races

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July 14, 2017 (Friday)
24 Hours, 12 Hours, 6 Hours
Old School Forest Preserve
Libertyville, Illinois
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On July 27, 2013 at Old School Forest Preserve in Libertyville, Illinois, runners will have the chance to enjoy mid-year holiday cheer and a Christmas themed atmosphere at the Christmas in July 6-hour, 12-hour, and 24-hour races. Runners will run the one-mile flat, crushed limestone path as many times as they can within the allotted time limit. The trail will meander around a lake and pass by the start and finish area every mile with no chance of getting lost. When it gets dark, the event will light up, both on and off the trail. We truly hope to bring you a unique ultra event that will be an experience of a lifetime.

The Christmas in July races will be held at the Old School Forest Preserve in central Lake County in Libertyville, Illinois just south of Route 176, east of St. Mary’s Road, north of Old School Road, and west of I-94. The races will be held on the one-mile looped trail around a lake at the northeast section of the park. To enter into the park, you will take the entrance off of St. Mary’s Road and follow the race signs.

Race Start/Finish Times
Race Start Date Finish Date
24-Hour Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 8AM CT Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 8AM CT
12-Hour Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 8PM CT Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 8AM CT
6-Hour Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 10PM CT Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 4AM CT
Course

USATF Certified Course. The trail, which is relatively flat with a few of gentle hills, is 100% crushed gravel/limestone that explores Old School’s woods and prairies and meanders around a lake back to the start and finish area every mile.

Event Start Location
The Christmas in July races will be held at the Old School Forest Preserve in Libertyville, Illinois on a one-mile loop around a lake in the northeast section of the park.

Course Description
Runners will run the one-mile flat, crushed limestone path as many times as they can within the allotted time limit. The trail will meander around a lake and pass by the start and finish area every mile with no chance of getting lost. When it gets dark, the event will light up, both on and off the trail. We truly hope to bring you a unique ultra event that will be an experience of a lifetime.

Awards
- We will award the top three male and female finishers who run the farthest in their respective races. First place male and female finishers in each race will receive a free race entry into the following year's race. Award ceremonies and pictures will be held shortly after the end of each of the races near the start/finish area.
- We will award a 100 mile belt buckle to all participants who run 100 miles or more in the 24-hour race.
- We will be awarding Best Male and Female Costume Awards in each of the 24-Hour, 12-Hour, and 6-Hour races. Costume must keep to the theme and spirit of the event.
- All participants will receive a finisher's award upon completion of their event when they turn in their timing chip.

Packet Pickup / Expo
Packet pickup is available on race day.

Timing / Results
We will do our best to publish online results frequently througout the weekend so your friends and family at home can follow your progress. Final race results will be published to Ultrarunning Magazine following the event in addition to being downloadable from our website.

If you have family or friends spectating at the event, they can use Twitter and hashtag #CIJ24 to post and search for race updates. I'm sure there will be updates posted to Facebook as well, so make sure to join our Facebook group to get those updates (See "Media" page).

We're going to try and broadcast live video coverage of the races by having a webcam set up at the start/finish (See "Media" page).

Directions
The Christmas in July races will be held at the Old School Forest Preserve in central Lake County in Libertyville, Illinois just south of Route 176, east of St. Mary’s Road, north of Old School Road, and west of I-94. The races will be held on the one-mile looped trail around a lake at the northeast section of the park. To enter into the park, you will take the entrance off of St. Mary’s Road and follow the race signs.

Parking
There is plenty of parking available. There are three large parking lots near the start/finish line that you will be able to park in. When entering the Old School Forest Preserve from St. Mary's Road, just follow the Christmas in July signs to navigate you to where you need to be. The primary parking lot closest to the start/finish line is located adjacent to picnic shelter D. There are approximately 200 spots. If that parking is full, you may use one of the two parking lots a bit south of the shelter just a short distance farther away (Keep in mind that you will need to circle the park again as it's only a one-way road). A map of parking will be made available.
 
 

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