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First Midwest Half Marathon

First Midwest Half Marathon & 10K

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Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM (CDT)

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Chicagoland's Best Half Marathon!

Sunday, May 4, 7:30 a.m. start

Palos Heights City Hall

(Route 83 and 76th Avenue, Palos Heights, IL)

The award-winning First Midwest Half Marathon just keeps getting better. Celebrating its 7th glorious year in 2014, this wildly popular event attracts runners of all skill levels from around the Midwest. With only three turns on the USATF (USA Track & Field)-certified route, the Half Marathon's "green" course is flat… fast… and runs along scenic forest preserves. 

NEW in 2014: A 10K RUN!

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Other Highlights…

  •  Participation gives runners the opportunity to improve their corral position in the Chicago Marathon. 
  •  Pacing groups! Runners are again encouraged to get motivated and set the "pace" with friends and fellow runners. (The pacing group window is between one (1) hour and 35 minutes and two (2) hours and 44 minutes.)
  •  Palos Area Chamber Expo & Health Fair, a FREE community, runner and registration pickup event featuring fitness and fitness experts, will be held on Saturday, May 3.  (Details at
  •  The First Midwest Half Marathon  (which also features a half-mile "Walk 'n' Roll" for children's with special needs) is the only half-marathon in Illinois to be honored with the prestigious "Governor’s Home Town Award."   


  • All participants receive a gender-specific technical t-shirt. 
  • All finishers receive a unique medal. First, second and third-place awards are given by age group. 
  • NEW B-tag disposable chip timing. 
  • Plenty of FREE PARKING within a 2-block radius.
  • Clocks at every mile…Seven (7) water stops… More than 700 volunteers.
  • Post-party entertainment (and beer).

Supporting these organizations…
Since its debut in 2008, the First Midwest Half Marathon has donated $150,000 in event proceeds to these organizations: the American Cancer Society (in support of prostate cancer and research); the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation; the Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens; and the South West Special Recreation Association (benefiting special needs children).

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When & Where

Palos Heights, IL
Route 83 & College Drive
Palos Heights, IL 60463

Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM (CDT)

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