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Race Information
Race Name:Winter Challenge Cross Country IV
Date:Sunday January 9th, 2022 - 8:00 am
Location:Caldwell Woods/Bunker Hill, Forest Preserve - Chicago
State:Illinois, United States  Go there or Go there in new browser
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Winter Challenge Cross Country IV
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Cross Country and Gratuitous Six-Hour Runs!

Monday January 3rd - 5:00 pm CST
Race week is upon us and we're looking forward to seeing all runners this Sunday at Caldwell Woods/Bunker Hill! Participants must check in at our start/finish location, Caldwell Woods, Grove #1. Packet pickup will begin at 7:30 am for 6-Hour runners; 8:30 am for 5-Km and 15-Km runners. Plenty of parking is within steps of the warming shelter, atop the hill nearby our start/finish pavilion. Spillover parking is available along Devon Ave toward the Whealan Pool Aquatic Center lot (see map below). Please watch for our "Race Alert Email," which will blast to all participants by/before 7:00 pm on race-eve Saturday January 8th, and will include race-day details, rules of competition, and updated racecourse conditions.
Friday December 31st - 4:30 pm CST
Join us on January 2nd, Sunday morning at 8:00 am for a non-competitive training run. Meet at the start/finish area and run as many or few laps as you'd like. This is a great opportunity to see the racecourse for first-timers, or refamiliarize for WC3 veterans!

Cross country... the best of all human endeavors!

Get your winter-teammates together, grab your racing shoes/spikes, and join us for cross country racing over the tree-lined fields of Caldwell Woods and Bunker Hill forest preserves. For your adventure we will provide:
  • Traditionalists... your event distance choice of 5 Kilometers or 15 Kilometers.
  • Ultra consideration... our Gratuitous 6-Hour option for ultra runners with an 8:00 am starting time.
  • Space for ~150 eager runners... permit restrictions limit race participation to the first 150 registrants, which is a total combined count of participants within all events.
  • Colorful one-of-a-kind race shirts for all registered runners and volunteers.
  • Chip timing & scoring with instant results published here on for all participants.
  • Overall awards... presented to top male & female, open and masters.
  • Age division awards... 10-year age groups for both sexes, with depth determined by number of participants.
  • Team awards... for top teams based upon 3 scoring in 5 member teams.
  • Ultra awards... custom heavy medals for those who tally more than 26.2 miles in our Gratuitous 6-Hour run.
  • Ultra Team awards... for top teams based upon 2 scoring with most accumulated mileage.
  • An accurately measured, clearly-marked course, with a with well-stocked aid station at the start / finish area.
  • Afterward... post-race celebration with fun and awards.
  • Our racecourse is preapproved by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County: permit #R15146!
Registration opens Tuesday November 16th and lasts through 6:00 pm on Saturday, the day before race day, here on our RunRace Network. Due to permit restrictions we cannot offer race-day registration.

Winter Challenge Cross Country, Start / Finish area:
Caldwell Woods, Grove #1
6350 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60646
GPS: 41.997615, -87.786481
(approximately 13 miles northwest of downtown Chicago)
The Forest Preserve District of Cook County has granted pre-approval for our intended racecourse and start/finish area. You may view a map of our racecourse below.
Note: Plenty of parking is available within the extensive lot of Bunker Hill, which has entrances off Caldwell Ave and Harts Rd. Limited parking exists at Caldwell Woods, which has its entrance off Devon Ave.

Our Winter Challenge Cross Country runs takes place entirely within Region 4: North Cook County, nearby the North Branch Trail system of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, in Chicago.

Winter Challenge Cross Country is ideal for off-road/trail runners, and those experienced runners looking to compete with their teammates under cross country conditions. Our racecourse is designed as a 5-Km loop on grassy fields -but- may be rerouted to the paved trails should wintertime conditions dictate. Either way, participants can expect a clearly marked course -and- should be prepared for challenging seasonal conditions. Gratuitous 6-Hour runners will repeat the course for as many laps as they can, then may switch to a quarter-mile loop as the clock winds down from six hours -to- zero.

Winter Challenge Cross Country Frequently Asked Questions:
  • Q.) What is cross country running?
  • A.) We believe it to be "the best of all human endeavors!" For further definition we're going to turn it over to crowd sourcing... click for Cross Country Running on the website of Wikipedia.
  • Q.) Do I have to run on a team?
  • A.) No... solo runners are encouraged to participate, and all participants will be timed/scored to determine their finishing place. All runners will be vying for overall and age group awards.
  • Q.) Can I participate as a walker?
  • A.) Yes... walkers are invited to experience the wintertime beauty of our racecourse. We recommend that walkers opt for our 5-Km event distance. However, because our racecourse will be open until 2:00 pm, walkers can choose participation in our 15-Km or 6-Hour event.
  • Q.) Will this race be cancelled or postponed due to extreme weather conditions?
  • A.) Not likely... as outdoor winter enthusiasts we have contingency plans. Should conditions dictate we may have to reroute our racecourse from grassy fields to paved trails and/or shorten the distance of our racecourse loop. In any case our event distances will remain as defined. Participants can expect a clearly marked course and should be prepared for challenging seasonal conditions. We have arranged for race-day access to the warming shelter and its bathrooms within the building atop the hill, near our start/finish pavilion at Caldwell Woods, Grove #1.
  • Q.) How does team scoring work?
  • A.) Great question. For our traditional distances of 5-Km and 15-Km, teams may contain 3 -to- 5 runners. We'll sum finishing times of each team's fastest 3 runners, and that total will determine the team's point value. Lower the point value... better the team.
    For our Gratuitous 6-Hour event, teams are made up of 2 runners. We'll sum teammates accumulated mileage to determine the team's total. Higher the mileage... better the team.
Please let us know if you have other questions / ideas /requests... email:

Winter Challenge Cross Country
Racecourse Map
[racecourse map: Winter Challenge Cross Country]

Weather forecast: National Weather Service
Posted:November 16th, 2021 7:34 pm
Event InformationFor multiple Member Events:
Name of EventDistanceMeasurementDateStart TimeRelay MembersTeam Members
    WC3 5-Km5.00KilometersJan 9th, 20229:30 am
    WC3 15-Km15.00KilometersJan 9th, 20229:30 am
    Gratuitous 6-Hour6.00HoursJan 9th, 20228:00 am
   WC3 Volunteer8.00HoursJan 9th, 20227:00 am
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Bill Thombill@runrace.net312 316-4698
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