Progressive Half Marathon Welcomes Runners, Walkers


Runners just after the gun marking the start of the 2007 Progressive Marathon. (Photo: Wendy Heise)

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– The Park Forest Running and Pancake Club is preparing for its Progressive Half Marathon, running the first four Sundays in August. The race winds through the Forest Preserve in Park Forest, beginning in the Sauk Trial Woods Central parking lot off Ashland Ave.

The Progressive Half Marathon consists of two 4.0547 miles legs and the Park Forest Scenic 5-mile race on Labor Day. The two short legs combined with the 5-mile race on Labor Day will result in a half-marathon distance of 13.1 miles.

Club president Fred Mazurski says this race is one-of-a-kind, "The concept of the Progressive Marathon and Progressive Half Marathon is unique to the PFRPC. To my knowledge, there is no other event like this in the U.S."

Mazurski says the primary reason for it’s uniqueness is the time and effort required by the many volunteers to not only help set up one race, but a total of four races (each one of the 4 miles ‘legs’) in August, "In addition to the four legs, each participant will also run in the PF Scenic 5 and will be able to partake of great food at our awards picnic after Labor Day."

"The Progressive Half simply represents the best deal in town."

The $45 registration fee includes the four races in August, the $27 registration for the Park Forest Scenic 5 and More, a t-shirt, medal, the Progressive Awards Picnic, and a trophy for most participants. There is a $3 discount for PFRPC members and a $1 discount for early registrations.

Races kick off on Sunday August 3, August 10, August 17, and August 24 at 8:00 a.m.

Runners and walkers are welcome to participate. Participants must complete two of the four races planned for August, but are welcome to complete all four. Should a participant complete more than two legs of the Progressive Half-Marathon, the club will take the two best times and combine them with the official time from the Scenic 5 on Labor Day for the official half-marathon time.

Registration is online at SignMeUp.com, or by this application.

More information is available on the club’s Turtle Forum here: Progressive Marathon 2008.


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