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FROZEN GNOME
10k & 50k

Beautiful single-track course will take runners through the winter wonderland of Veteran Acres and Sterne’s Woods.

 

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There’s no race like Gnome! VERY CHALLENGING, TRIPLE BLACK DIAMOND rated, fun and frosty run in Crystal Lake on January 7th, 2017. The Frozen Gnome’s beautiful single-track course will take runners through the winter wonderland of Veteran Acres and Sterne’s Woods. Folks may choose either the 50K ultra run or the 10K race for speedsters. Gnome doubt about it, both courses will be tough.

The course is a 10k loop that will be repeated 5 times by the 50k runners. Enjoy butt slide hill, hot food, coffee, heat, and volunteers at the Gnome Depot Aid Station.

The Frozen Gnome is everything you could wish for from a winter wonderland race!
 

 

Shirts and Awards

Registration is limited
Choose either a Frozen Gnome shirt or stocking cap. No shirts available if you register after December 10th. Finisher award for all 50k runners

  • Prizes for 1st, overall Male and Female

  • Age Group awards

Start

10k and 50k start at 7:45 am
Park at the main lot of Veteran Acres north of 176 at 431 Walkup Road. The race start line is at the park shelter north of the tennis courts and baseball field. The course is mainly single track trails on a lot of hills. It's a 10k loop that will be repeated 5 times for the 50k runners. There is one main aid station "The Gnome Depot" at the start-finish line that will be stocked with hot soup, homemade goodies, coffee and drinks. There is one unmanned aid station with sports drink on the course. The course is set up so spectators/crew will be able to see the runners quite a few times.

The cutoff for both races is 8 1/2 hours which will be 4:15 pm. We decided to give runners an extra 30 minutes of fun this year to complete the course.

Where

  • Finding the starting line: 431 Walkup Road, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

  • Veteran Acres park is on Walkup Road a short distance north of Route 176.

Packet pick up will be at the park shelter north of the tennis courts beginning at 6:15 am. There are two parking lots on Walkup Road. The one farthest north is closest to the start but it is a smaller and will fill up quickly. The other lot is very large and a short walk to the start.

If you arrive early for packet pick up and are looking for somewhere less Frozen Gnomey to hang out, there is a Starbucks a couple of blocks away (so you will want to drive). The address is 40 N Williams Street, Suite A, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. There is also a Panera Bread Company at 6000 NW Highway (Route 14) in Crystal Lake.