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ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED, BUT we will have race day registration available for those of you still wishing to run the 6-Hour ($125), 12-Hour ($150), or 24-Hour ($200) Solo Endurance Runs. Just show up one-hour before the race start time to get registered and checked-in. If your little ones are interested in running the Santa Fun Run (FREE) that starts at 9am, so show up 15-30 minutes beforehand to get checked-in. Please make sure to review the race details and FAQ on this website prior to race day and refer to our latest Facebook Page post that contains an email sent to all participants. See you Saturday! πŸ™‚
Last updated: 2021-07-18

Race Medal and Swag

Finisher Medal

Each race category has different lanyard design

Water Bottle

You pick your color (BLU, TRQ, PRP, BLK, GRN)

Runner Buff

Who can't use a new buff?

Lanyard Designs

Ho! Ho! Ho! We are Live!!!

πŸŽ… Santa is coming!!! πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„ We are so excited to have live races again. Please join us and celebrate the miracle of normalcy through running given these pandemic times. We can't wait to see all your friendly faces this July! Given the circumstances and the timing of our event opening again, we will be scaling back a bit compared to previous years and hope you understand.
In prior years, we've started on a Friday night. This year, we are starting Saturday morning with the 24hr with all races running into the evening next to all the christmas decorations β›„ πŸŽ… πŸŽ„. You'll still be able to set up camp πŸ•οΈ, this race is still a *CUPLESS* 🚫 πŸ₯€ event (bring your own cup), but to make it safe and comfortable for everybody our aid station πŸŽͺ will be scaled back for safety precautions and will have a limited selection of items 🍬 πŸ₯« πŸͺ. We *STRONGLY* suggest you come prepared with your *OWN* nutritional needs that will allow you to make your race successful. We appreciate your understanding! 🦺 πŸ₯‡
#christmas-in-july-run, #live-event

24-Hour Solo or Relay

July 24th @ 7am
Timed, Solo, Relay
πŸ…Finisher Medals, 🎁 Buff

β›„ Kick's off Saturday morning, pacers allowed at sunset. Run it solo or in relays of 4, 6, or 8-person teams. Remember, it's a cupless race and we strongly encourage you to bring your own nutrition.

#christmas-in-july-run, #live-event

12-Hour Solo or Relay

July 24th @ 11am
Timed, Solo, Relay
πŸ…Finisher Medal, 🎁 Buff

πŸŽ„ Kicks off Saturday morning at 11am, no pacers allowed. Run it solo or in relays of 4, 5, or 6-person teams. Remember, it's a cupless race and we strongly encourage you to bring your own nutrition.

#christmas-in-july-run, #live-event

6-Hour Solo or Relay

July 24th @ 4pm
Timed, Solo, Relay
πŸ…Finisher Medal, 🎁 Buff

πŸŽ„ Kicks off Saturday afternoon at 4pm. Run it solo or in relays of 2, 3, or 4-person teams. Remember, it's a cupless race and we strongly encourage you to bring your own nutrition.

#christmas-in-july-run, #live-event, #fun-run

Santa Fun Run (FREE)

July 24th @ 9am
Fun Run, Kids
πŸ‘• Branded T-Shirt, πŸ’― Race Bib

πŸŽ„ Kick off Saturday morning with a run with Santa around the high school parking lot (see interactive map). You will be able to watch your kids run the entire time. This is a free event for those under ten years of age, but registration is required.

Race Awards

Nutcracker Award

Top 3 M/F Overall/Masters (Solo), Top 1 Team (Relay)

100 Mile Buckle

103 laps will getchya this bad boy (Solo)

Interactive Course Map

Course Records


Frequently Asked Questions

πŸ‘‰ What are the rules?
πŸ‘‰ Is there race day registration?
πŸ‘‰ Can I transfer my registration to another event?
πŸ‘‰ Can I transfer my registration to someone else?
πŸ‘‰ Can I defer my registration to next year?
πŸ‘‰ When is race day check-in for each event?
πŸ‘‰ What's the course like?
πŸ‘‰ What's are the safety guidelines for race day?
πŸ‘‰ What will be available at the aid station?
πŸ‘‰ Can I have crew available at the race?
πŸ‘‰ Will there be a drop bag tent?
πŸ‘‰ Where can we park?
πŸ‘‰ Can you provide more information about race results?
πŸ‘‰ Why are we starting on a Saturday, instead of Friday night?
πŸ‘‰ What are the award categories?
πŸ‘‰ I'm interested in or on a relay team, what should I know?
πŸ‘‰ What's the weather like for this race?


We can use your help! Good news, too, unlike previous years, most volunteer positions are during NORMAL hours πŸ˜ƒ, but we will need a couple to help us with Saturday overnight at the aid station. If you're available and able to join our volunteer staff, we are specifically looking for help with event setup, registration/race check-in, aid station, and event breakdown. Volunteer perks include a race goody and R4W Race Credits. You can see our current opportunities and sign up by clicking on the registration button below.

What Others Are Saying

Great race, great support, great volunteers, great runners, great atmosphere, great weather!!! Event was a success!! I enjoyed everything of it, even a little bit of rain!!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ keep a good work!! ~ Darius
Beautifully set up, fun atmosphere, amazing RD' can't go wrong!! sign up and amaze yourself ❀️❀️ ~ Nandini
3rd year doing this race. It's a laid back atmosphere, great volunteers, great snacks, nice course. You can camp out and rest as needed. ~ Yuvanka
That was a fantastic. This was my first attempt at 100 and I had a great time doing it in the 24. Your volunteers were amazing, the food great (especially the bean quesadillas) and the decorations inspiring, especially for a Xmas nut like me. I think it is highly likely I will come back next year and try for more than 100 and if my schedule doesn't permit running I will definitely visit and volunteer. Well done.‬ ~ Jim
What a fantastic event! The volunteers and participants were pretty amazing. An unforgettable experience of a lifetime! I just can't say enough about what a positive experience this was!!! I was originally going to do a 50k and be done but the experience was so positive that I continued on to do the 51.5796 miles. Thank you! ~ Debbie


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Runners 4 Wellness, LLC was founded in 2013 and founded by trail runners, Brian Gaines and Ed Kelly with the goal of providing each and every runner with a WOW experience at our events. We put on races that we would want to run ourselves and pay special attention to all the nitty gritty details so you can just focus on your training for the big race day.

We put on the DPR Trail Marathon and 50-Mile Trail Races, which began in 2010, as well as, Chicago's original Christmas in July 6-Hour, 12-Hour, and 24-Hour Solo/Relay Endurance Runs, which began in 2014. We hope that you participate in one of our races and if there are any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out via email.


Christmas in July 6-Hour, 12-Hour, and 24-Hour Solo/Relay Endurance RacesDPR Trail Half Marathon, Marathon, and 50-Mile Trail Races