Shirts and Awards

Registration is limited
To be guaranteed your size of frozen gnome swag register by December 10th. We will make sure everyone gets some kind of Frozen Gnome swag, remember if you register after the 10th you will get what we have available.  

  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd overall Male and Female

  • Age Group awards- 10 year age group spans

  • FINISHER MEDALS FOR ALL FINISHERS IN THE 50K & 10K. If you drop from the 50k to the 10k you will get a medal, but will not be eligible for AG or overall awards


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.


  • 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.