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. While we think this will be a fun event, we also expect it to be a competitive one. The course is a one-mile loop around the lake at the Old School Forest Preserve. The Old School Forest Preserve is part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District and is located off St. Mary's Rd, south of Route 176 and north of Route 60 (Townline Rd.)
USATF Certified Course. The trail, which is relatively flat with a few
of gentle hills, is 100% crushed gravel/limestone that explores Old
woods and prairies and meanders around a lake back to
the start and finish area every mile.
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
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.
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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