Please note that we will be following the State of Illinois' COVID guidelines, which may change certain aspects. Check back here for up to date details.
We will be following CARA's Running Event COVID-19 Safety Plan
From the State of Illinois' Phase 4 FAQs dated 3/30/21:
Can you apply the 50-person gathering limit to 5K or 10K races?
State of Illinois' Bridge to Phase 5 Information• Yes. 5K or 10K races can classified as outdoor recreation and follow those posted guidelines. Applying the principle to running races, they can be held if the start times are staggered enough so that the groups do not mix with one another regardless of the individuals pace running and/or walking. The minimum guidelines should be staggered starts of 30 minutes and the start and finish points should be different locations to avoid gatherings over 50 people.
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Time: 8:30 am — 10K (6.2 mile) and Double Run (10K and 5K)
8:45 am — *Fun Run (< a mile)
9:30 am — 5K (3.1
Start/Finish: Grand Avenue Community Center, 4211 Grand Avenue, Western Springs, IL 60558
*The Fun Run Start is at Chestnut and Grand; the Finish is at Official Finish Line on Lawn Ave.
Course cutoff time: 11:00 am
USATF Course Certification Numbers
5K - IL18012WR
10K - IL18013WR
$5 cancellation fee (contact the Recreation Department at 708-246-9070 to process the refund)
No refunds after 3 PM on September 17, 2021
Inclement Weather Policy
Race goes on rain or shine unless start delayed due to lightning up to an hour. No refunds if race is cancelled due to severe weather.
Strollers/Baby, Joggers, Pets, Bikes, Skates, etc.
An award ceremony will be held at the end of the race. Categories are:
Open Age Group Categories for both the 10K & 5K runs, Male & Female
Walker category (5K only)
Medals awarded for 1st/Gold, 2nd/Silver, 3rd/Bronze for all age categories listed.
THE DOUBLE AWARDS
“The Double” is a separate category for participants who run in both 10K and 5K, male & female categories. The winners are determined by cross country scoring of each race (10K + 5K). Participants are eligible for individual age category awards in both races.
Len Caldeira Cup - 1st PLACE OVERALL FOR DOUBLE- M/F
|5K Race Results||10K Race Results||Double Race Results||5K Walk Results|
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Healing Hearts for Ashley Foundation
For the second year, the Western Springs Tower Trot will be partnering with the Healing Hearts for Ashley Foundation. Ashley Jurjovec, a former Western Springs middle school teacher, passed away suddenly from a genetic heart condition called Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC) in May of 2016. The Healing Hearts for Ashley Foundation was founded in honor and memory of Ashley Jurjovec in 2017. The foundation is committed to raising awareness for ARVC and to support research for The Cardiovascular Genetics Group at Lurie Children's Hospital as they work to identify families with inherited risk of sudden death and improve clinical and genetic assessment for those families.
Grand Avenue Community Center, 4211 Grand Avenue, Western Springs, IL—From TriState Tollway 294 exit Ogden Ave east, to Grand Avenue. Turn right on Grand Avenue and the GACC is three blocks from Ogden Avenue, on your left.
From Wolf Road & Ogden Avenue - Go South on Wolf Rd to RR tracks and park on either side of RR tracks. Historic Water Tower is on north side of RR tracks just west of Wolf Rd. Follow signs north to Grand Avenue Center on Race Day for START/FINISH.
Race Notes (coming soon)
Information Letter For Our Old Town Neighbors (coming soon)
Contact the Recreation Department at 708-246-9070 with any questions.