Runners of all ages can participate in the Southwest Half Marathon through Palos Park and surrounding parks May 1, and stay at the nearby and affordable Best Western Inn Suites Midway Hotel!
The Southwest Half Marathon, sponsored by Palos Hospital, takes runners through the stunning forest preserves of southwest Chicagoland! (Palos Woods is the largest of the Cook County Forest Preserve system.) If you don’t want to run thirteen miles, you can participate in the 10K Walk and Run race, and physically challenged folks can participate in the Walk, Run or Roll event.
There will be a Health and Community Expo on Saturday, April 30 at Shepherd High School in Palos Heights. Runners may pick up race packets there or at City Hall the day of the races.
The running course is a flat and fast run through paved forest preserve trails and will be marked with mile markers. There will be three aid stations and eight water stations along the route. The Southwest Half Marathon is a Chicago Area Runner’s Association Preferred Race.
All participants can enjoy live music, great food and beverages before and after the races! There will be medal presentations, special give-aways, shirts and coupons given out at the end of the event.
For directions and to register for the Southwest Half Marathon and 10K run/walk, go online to www.southwesthalfmarathon.com and follow the prompts. You may call race director Mel Diab at (708) 448-9200.
The Best Western Inn Suites Midway Hotel, just minutes away from the Southwest Half Marathon, offers affordable guest rooms, free breakfast, an indoor swimming pool, hot tub and a fitness center. Special AAA rates are available. Call the property direct at (708) 497-3000.