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Christmas in July

Fri 14th Jun 2019 • by Runners 4 Wellness
Lisle, Illinois, US

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Tickets $40–$661

  • Road
  • Trails
  • Flat
  • 400 participants

What you need to know

We would like to welcome you to the 6th Annual Christmas in July Races (YES, IT IS HAPPENING IN JUNE!), which we like to call the longest summer holiday running party in the country. Our venue is festively decorated with christmas lights, inflatables, and more and takes place in beautiful Lisle Community Park in Lisle, IL (Just 25 miles outside of Downtown Chicago, IL and easy to get to). We go above and beyond with our fully stocked aid stations and have an amazing group of volunteers ready to help you in any way. You will also receive personalized attention from the race organizers before, during, and after the race.

Our races start on a Friday evening and include a Santa Fun Run to kick it off at 7:30pm, followed by the 5K at 8pm, then the 6-Hour, 12-Hour, 24-Hour Fixed Time Solo and Relay Endurance Runs following at Midnight, 11pm, and 10pm, respectively. Last year, we sold out our 2,3,4-person relay division, so we decided to add a 4,5,6-person 12-Hour relay, and a 4,6,8-person 24-Hour Relay divisions for 2019.

This is a great venue for the entire family. The kids get to run with Santa Claus and receive medals and t-shirts for their participation. Each participant receives awesome swag at the door and top notch finisher medals upon completion. We also hand out unique holiday Nutcrackers as finisher awards. We also have a costume contest for the 5K and fixed-timed events, so if you like, come prepared for that so our amazing volunteers can pick the winners.

If youre running one of our timed events, youre able to camp alongside the trail. Last year, we had 84 camping tents on the grounds and its growing every year. Most decorate their space with holiday decorations, some even bring projection TVs to entertain the kids overnight. Its a blast!

If you have any questions, at all, please contact the race staff at [email protected] and well be happy to answer any of your questions. We look forward to see you in 2019!

Distances in this event

  1. 5K

    Run 5km
    8:00pm Fri 14th Jun 2019
    Tickets available
  2. 24 Hour Solo

    Run 24h
    10:00pm Fri 14th Jun 2019
    Tickets available
  3. 24 Hour Relay

    Run 24h
    10:00pm Fri 14th Jun 2019
    Tickets available
  4. 12 Hour Solo

    Run 0.3mi
    11:00pm Fri 14th Jun 2019
    Tickets available
  5. 12 Hour Relay

    Run 12h
    11:00pm Fri 14th Jun 2019
    Tickets available
  6. 6 Hour Solo

    Run 6h
    12:00am Sat 15th Jun 2019
    Tickets available
  7. 6 Hour Relay

    Run 6h
    12:00am Sat 15th Jun 2019
    Tickets available
Course Maps
What’s Included

What you get:

  • Christmas-themed venue
  • Beautiful night run with Christmas lights and decorations
  • Santa Fun Run with kids receiving a t-shirt, bib, and high quality rubberized medal
  • Kids run with Santa
  • Awesome swag for runners, including t-shirt
  • Chip timed race results displayed at start/finish area for ultra timed events
  • Chip timed race results displayed at finish area for 5K
  • Kiosk to allow runners to print results immediately at anytime
  • Live tracking for ultra timed events
  • Well-stocked aid stations + meals served during timed events
  • Finisher medals
  • Nutcracker awards
  • Costume contest
  • Camping along the trail
  • Post-race snacks for 5K runners
  • 5-Year Loyalty program and awards
  • Personalized attention

Anyone registering after June 30th or after the on-line registration reaches its limits will not be guaranteed a shirt, a medal or any swag items. We will mark race bibs accordingly and discount each race (fun run excluded) by $10 if the event reaches its limits indicated above and shirts, medals, and swag items are not available. (This is to allow people to run the race, but maybe don’t necessarily care about the shirts, medals, or swag)

Course Details
The 6/12/24-Hour races:The “1 mile” loop is actually 0.9732971994 miles (or 1.56637 KM), so get in a groove. The course will be mostly flat with some elevation change near the stage and natural amphitheater. Watch out for signs that might be for 5K runners only, but if you follow the lights/luminaries that will outline the “1-mile” loop, in addition to the numerous signs we’ll have out there, then you should NEVER get lost. Watch out for pedestrian cross traffic near the start/finish line as it might get a bit more congested. We will have signs posted, but wanted to make you aware of this. We think that you’ll quickly figure out everything once you get a few loops in.

5K Course

The 5K loop starts at the NW section of the Lisle High School parking lot on the east side of the school. Runners will run around the median and south out of the parking lot and turn right onto Short Street. You’ll make a left turn on Ohio Court, another left on Ohio Street, then follow that around towards the right until you reach Yackley Avenue where you’ll make a left turn onto the sidewalk and then a quick left onto the running path. You will continue on this path and reach the 5K aid station between two softball fields. You may wish to enjoy a snack followed by some liquid refreshment and then continue around until you find a bridge that cross the Easy Branch DuPage River. (WATCH OUT and don’t miss it) You will make a right-hand turn onto this bridge, but watch out for oncoming “faster” runners, maybe offer a high-five, and be on your way. Once you cross the bridge, you’ll want to turn right and follow the path around the softball and soccer fields and eventually head north. You’ll want to be extra careful crossing the parking following the signs and rounding about the northern side of it and coming back to the bridge where you will want to make a right turn, again, giving high-fives to those “slower” runners. Give some words of encouragement and make another right turn onto the path and continue up towards Short Street. Be sure to follow the signs and not cut the corners as we direct you across Short Street where police will be present directing traffic. Thank the officers, and continue on the “decorated” portion of the course and follow this around to the backside of the Lisle High School until you reach Short Street once again. Sprint it in at this point since you only have a little over 1/10th of a mile left where you’ll finish strong and be awarded with an awesome medal. The course will be well marked with signs directing you.
Raceday Logistics

Event Schedule

  • July 12 7:30 PM CDT – Santa Fun Run
  • July 12 8:00 PM CDT – 5K
  • July 12 10:00 PM CDT – 24 Hour
  • July 12 11:00 PM CDT – 12 Hour
  • July 13 12:00 AM CDT – 6 Hour


NOTE: All registration times noted below are for race-day registrations only. There is online registration available beforehand.


  • 3:00 PM – Friday night camping setup may begin for runners/crew
  • 6:00 PM – Santa Fun Run registration begins
  • 6:00 PM – 5K registration begins
  • 7:15 PM – Santa Fun Run registration ends
  • 7:30 PM – 5K registration ends
  • 7:30 PM – Santa Fun Run Start
  • 7:45 PM – Short Street Closure to ALL TRAFFIC
  • 8:00 PM – 5K Start
  • 8:30 PM – 24-Hour registration begins
  • 9:00 PM – 5K Cutoff
  • 9:00 PM – Short Street Opened to ALL TRAFFIC
  • 9:30 PM – 24-Hour registration ends
  • 9:30 PM – 12-Hour registration begins
  • 10:00 PM – 24-Hour Start
  • 10:30 PM – 12-Hour registration ends
  • 10:30 PM – 6-Hour solo (no relay) registration begins
  • 11:00 PM – 12-Hour Start
  • 11:30 PM – 6-Hour solo (no relay) registration ends
  • Midnight – 6-Hour solo/relay Start


  • 6:00 AM – 6-Hour Cutoff / Race ends
  • 11:00 AM – 12-Hour Cutoff / Race ends
  • 11:00 AM – Shower availability begins (Across the street at the pool – Let them know you’re with our race)
  • 8:00 PM – Shower availability ends
  • 8:00 PM – Pacers allowed for 24-Hour runners
  • 10:00 PM – 24-Hour Cutoff / Race ends
  • 11:00 PM – Camping for runners/crew ends (No Saturday overnight Camping)


  • 12 PM – Forgotten drop bag retrieval endsTimelineNOTE: All registration times noted below are for race-day registrations only. There is online registration available beforehand.
Gear/Drop Bags Timed Runs
  • 6/12/24-HOUR runners can place their drop bags under one of the DROP BAG canopies near the Start/Finish line
  • All bags should be clearly marked with name, race, and bib number
  • The park has permitted us to allow runners to bring their own canopy or camping tents, chairs, and coolers starting Friday afternoon. Feel free to decorate your tent and line it up next to the trail. In fact, decorating your tent is encouraged!!! No camping Saturday evening.
  • If you have a table, chair, and cooler that you’re bringing please consider bringing a tent for yourself, as well. We have limited space in our covered drop bag area and would like to reserve that area for those who have a lighter load. We won’t kick you out or anything, but please be considerate of your surroundings. Maybe there will be plenty of room, it’s hard to say given that we are allowing people to bring their own tents.
  • We are not responsible for any lost or stolen items
  • If you forget your drop bag, come back to get them by Sunday 12 PM; otherwise, they may be discarded.
  • REQUIRED: Bring a headlamp for the race. We don’t know your comfort levels with running in darkness. Even though the path will be lit with luminaries and trees will have Christmas lights in some of them, it’s still dark. It’s not perfect lighting for seeing anything that might be an obstruction or bad footing for you. Keep in mind that you will be running through the night, so common sense should play a factor here. You can always just leave your headlamp in your drop bag after a couple loops if you’re okay with it.
5K Race
  • You may place your belongings near the starting line
  • All bags should be clearly marked with name, race, and bib number
  • We are not responsible for any lost or stolen items
  • If you forget your belongings, you may come back to get them by Sunday 12 PM; otherwise, they may be discarded.

You and your crew are free to park in the high school parking lot to the north and west of the high school. If the lot is full please use one of the parking lots south of Short Street near the baseball fields. Please be aware of the road closure times as you will not be able to enter or exit these parking lots. Make sure you arrive early enough.

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