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Race Schedule

2017 Crystal Lake Park District Open Water Swim Race

The CLPD Open Water Swim Race consists of a 1-Mile and 2-Mile open water swim race on Crystal Lake. The course begins at Main Beach and follows an out and back straight line (clockwise). Wetsuits are optional and swim caps are provided. All registered participants will receive a swim race participation item and medals for top finishers in age groups.  Open to swimmers ages 17 & up.

Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017 (rain date July 22)

Location: Crystal Lake Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Drive, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Fee: $45 Pre-Registration, $50 Race Day Registration


Race Director:

Jessica Ortega,, (815) 459-0680, ext. 1213

CODE             EVENT                         TIME

331401-01       1 MILE                         7:45 AM

331401-02       2 MILE                         7:30 AM

The Crystal lake Open Water Swim Results will be posted at by 5pm on race-day. Results will also be available at

2017 Open Water Swim Race Sponsors

Athletico, Crystal Lake Aquathon, Dolphin Swim Club, Dunkin’ Donuts, Crystal Lake Aquathon

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2017 Crystal Lake Park District Half Marathon

Our competitive race, on a USATF certified course, runs through Lippold Park, Crystal Lake and Lakewood. Water and Gatorade will be available on the course, along with refreshments at the finish line. The “Walkers” division will begin at 7:15am and walkers will have 3.5 hours to complete our course (16-minute/mile pace Maximum) Our “Runners” divisions will begin at 8am (Elite) and 8:02 (Intermediate) and runners will have 3 hours to complete our course (13.5 minute/mile pace maximum) The Crystal Lake 1/2 Marathon does not close streets for this race. Due to the likelihood you will experience cars on the course; we ask that no headphones of any kind be worn during the race. (i.e. iPods, cd players etc.) Race t-shirt for participants. 

Date: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Location: Start/Finish at Lippold Park, Route 176, Crystal Lake

Fee: $50 Pre-Registration, $60 Race Day Registration


Race Director:

Joe Davison,, (815) 459-0680, ext. 1228

Clydesdale/Athena Divisions
The philosophy behind Weight Division or Clydesdale/Athena competition is simple: big and or tall athletes may never finish first in a race, but they are excellent athletes among their peers and deserve to be recognized for their efforts and accomplishments. Athletes excel when allowed to compete on a level playing field. "Age Group" categories are now universally accepted. “Clydesdale” and "Athena" categories were created to recognize big and or tall athletes.

Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finisher as well as 1st-3rd place in each age division, Clydesdale division (men over 220lbs), and Athena division (women over 165lbs). All participants will receive a finisher medal. *Overall winners will not receive age division awards.

Ample Parking is available at Lippold Park at the Boncosky Softball complex which is located at the North East end of the park.

Directions to Lippold Park
From Chicago: Take the Northwest Tollway (I-90) to Randall Road North. Randall Road to McHenry Avenue and turn left. McHenry Avenue to Route 14 (Virginia) and turn left. Route 14 to Route 176 and turn left. Go approximately ¼ mile to the first entrance of Lippold Park and turn left. From the South: Take Route 47 to Algonquin Road (Route 62) and turn right to Randall Road and follow the directions above. From the North: Take Route 31 South to Route 176 West, go approximately 3 miles. 1/4 mile past Route 14, turn left. From the West: Take Route 176 East.  Lippold Park is on the south side of Route 176 approximately 1/4 mile before Route 14.

Short sleeve race shirts
Short sleeve T-shirts (men’s sizing) will be available to all pre-registered participants. The Short-sleeve shirts will be given out, first come first serve at our packet pickup locations. If we do not have your size at packet pickup, we will place a second order after the race on Tuesday September 12, 2017. The second shirt order should take 3-4 weeks to be delivered to the Crystal Lake Park District. If you would like to guarantee your shirt size, please attend one of our pre-race packet pickups.

Packet Pickup Locations
Pre-Race Packet Pickup will begin on Tuesday September 5, 2017 and be available for pickup 10 pm-7:30 pm Tuesday-Thursday and 10 am-5 pm on Friday September 8th Achieve footwear located at 1 AW Crystal Lake Plaza Crystal Lake, IL ( Packets will also be available Saturday September 9th, 10 am-3 pm at the Running Depot, located at 30 H. Williams Street Crystal Lake, IL. ( Race Day Packet pickup will open at 6 am on Sunday September 10, 2017 at the Boncosky Softball complex at Lippold Park.



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