Tower Trot 

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We are currently organizing the medals and will reach out to those participants that received a medal but did not pick it up the day of the race.

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 

Neighborhood Notification Letter (Old Town North and Field Park)

Letter to participants (9/9/21)

FAQ on Face Covering and Vaccination Requirements September 3, 2021 from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.


On September 3, 2021, the Governor signed Executive Order 21-22 which requires all individuals over the age of 2 and who can medically tolerate a face covering to wear a face covering when in indoor public places.

Who is required to wear a face covering indoors?  All individuals the age of 2 or over who can medically tolerate a face covering are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in an indoor public place

Does this guidance apply to public outdoor places?  As recommended by the CDC, individuals are encouraged, but not required, to wear face coverings in crowded outdoor settings and for activities that involve close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated, especially in communities with higher numbers of COVID-19 cases.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Run for the fun and for the benefits: Your health (exercise), Healing Hearts for Ashley Foundation (fundraising) and maybe your pride (awards). The 44th Annual Tower Trot will be held rain or shine on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Open to all ages and abilities using CARA age categories for awards. Registration is required and includes t-shirt, refreshments and entertainment. This is a chip-timed race.  This race is timed and scored by J3 Timing.

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Race Agenda

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 mile)
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

(Due to road construction the race route has changed and is no longer USATF Certified.  However, the distance is still the same as the original.  Updated course maps can be found here)

 Race Fees        
  Resident Non-Resident Resident (day of) Non-Resident (day of)
 5K walk $30 $35 $35 $40
 5K run $30 $35 $35 $40
 10K $35 $40 $40 $45
The Double
(5K & 10K)
$40 $40 $45 $45
 14 and under $20 $20 $25 $25
 Fun Run $10 $10 $15 $15

Refund Policy

$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.

Pets, bicycles, in-line skates, roller skates, scooters, and any other wheeled item are prohibited.  Participation with service animals, wheelchairs or hand cranks by disabled participants are allowed. If strollers or baby joggers are used, they are required to start in the rear of the start corral.


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
Top overall winners for each gender is based off gun time.

Walker category (5K only) 

Medals awarded for 1st/Gold, 2nd/Silver, 3rd/Bronze for all age categories listed.
Top three for each age category is done by chip time.

Age Categories

  • 14 & under   
  • 15-19
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 75 & over


“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 


Register at Registration will be open until 15 minutes prior to Start time of each race. Kiosks will be available for registration at the Grand Avenue Gym Thursday, September 16th, 2 PM-8 PM & Friday, September 17th, 8AM-6PM and on Race Day starting at 7 AM.  Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card at that time.

Tower Trot race day registration is going GREEN!  We recommend that you preregister for the Tower Trot Race online prior to the race. On race day, you will be asked to register online at a kiosk in the Grand Gym, or on your phone. No paper forms will be available. You will still have the option to pay by credit card, check, or cash. 

Race Day

Register in person starting at 7:00 am at the Grand Avenue Community Center, 4211 Grand Avenue, Western Springs. 10K, "The Double" and Fun Run registrations are open until 8:15 am and 5K registration is open until 9:15 am. Late arrivals on race day will not be eligible for awards.

Race Packets
Prior to race day, numbers, t-shirts and information can be picked up at the Grand Avenue Community Center gym (new location) during the following hours:
    8:00 am – 6:00 pm on Friday, September 17, 2021
On race day, race packets will only be available at Grand Avenue Community Center. Doors open at 7:00 am.

Race Results

Race results can be found here

If you did not pick up your award on Race Day, they will be available at the Rec Dept on Wednesday, September 22nd, after Noon.  A $5 fee will be charged, if you would like your award mailed to you.

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Healing Hearts for Ashley  


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.

Course Maps/Directions/Parking
Race Notes (coming soon)
Information Letter For Our Old Town and Field Park Neighbors

Contact the Recreation Department at 708-246-9070 with any questions.