• Sunday, November 17th, 2019 (rain or shine, hot or cold)
  • 8K (Approximately 5 Miles)
  • Race/Run start 9:00 am
  • Camp Big Timber - Big Timber Road, Elgin

For years, Dick Pond Athletics and Saucony have been names synonymous with Cross Country running throughout Chicagoland, in the Midwest, and around the country. And now, Dick Pond Athletics and Saucony invite you to be a part of the Big Timber XC Challenge, the big finish to the 2019 running season.

Join us on the newly developed trails through Camp Big Timber in Elgin, IL, for a 5-mile cross country style race intended for runners of all ages. Whether you’re looking for a change of “pace” from monotonous road running or want to take part in the team or costume competition with friends, this race is sure to put an exclamation point on the end of your running season.



  • Camp Big Timber (CBT) is on Big Timber Road at Tyrell Rd, approximately 1 mile west of Randall Road and 1.5 miles south of I-90.
  • Enter CBT off of Big Timber Road at the Tyrell Rd stoplight. There is a large parking lot on site; please respect CBT property and the environment by parking only in designated parking areas.
  • If on-site parking is full when you arrive, you can also find on-street parking in adjacent industrial area to the east of CBT and a small parking lot in the adjacent Paul Wolff Campground/Burnidge Forest Preserve area to the west of CBT. (NOTE: if you park in the Paul Wolff Campground/Burnidge Forest Preserve, do NOT park on the grass … you will be ticketed or towed if you do!!)
  • CBT includes a new and spacious dining facility, which is where the pancake breakfast will be held. Please be respectful of this facility, as you’ll be very happy it is available to us in the event of inclement and/or cold weather on race day. There are multiple restrooms in this building, several of which include a shower (for a quick clean-up after you run and before you chow down on pancakes!!)
  • There are also a couple of outhouse-type restrooms on CBT property available for use. NOTE: it is very likely there will be a Boy Scout troop or two staying at CBT on the morning of the race. Please be respectful of these young men and do not impede or interfere with their activities.


The two-loop course winds through and around the perimeter of Camp Big Timber (CBT) over undulating terrain on a blend of hard-pack dirt roads, mowed grass and wooded areas.

There is a shallow creek crossing, although if it has been raining the days prior to the race, the water could be as much as knee deep. Wear old shoes!!!!

If you have brought any family or friends to the event, they will have several opportunities to see you in the first mile, as you begin the challenge in a cross-country type of start. You’ll be tempted to go out strong on a hard-packed dirt road, but a couple of uphills as you go around the dining hall will force you to dial down the speed before beginning the first of two loops around CBT’s perimeter.

After crossing over a couple of footbridges, you’ll feel the need for speed again on a short stretch of solid roadway again. Go ahead, pour it on!, because the “primitive” portion of the course is about to begin. After a short downhill, you’ll follow the path through the wooded area, crossing over another couple of footbridges, and eventually arrive at the dreaded “creek crossing."

Fear not, trail runner, as the water is only about knee deep, but it will be cold. And to prevent anyone from floating downstream, we’ll even provide a thick rope from riverbank to riverbank that you can hold on to, if you need to.

After coming ashore, you’ll work your way back to the roadway, where you can cruise until the uphill alongside the BB Shed to complete your first loop.

The second loop around the perimeter is the same as the first … grass, dirt road, footbridges, wooded pathway, and the %&#* creek crossing. Once you crest the hill alongside the BB Shed, you’ll turn to go back around the dining hall amid the roar of your cheering supporters and into the finish line.

Be sure to stop in at the dining hall after you finish for a delicious pancake breakfast by the Boy Scouts! Awards will also be handed out a short time after the last finisher crosses the line.

NOTE: you will encounter uneven ground and possible trip hazards such as tree roots, lumpy-clumpy prairie grass, and small rocks.

While there may be one aid station out on the course, this will not be confirmed until race day and runners should plan to be self-sufficient with hydration and nutrition while running.


Join Race Director Brent Runzel for a course preview on Sunday, November 10th, at 8:00am.

This preview will be a group run at a VERY leisurely pace, with occasional stops for questions and clarification as needed. (We should be able to avoid the creek crossing.)

Because Camp Big Timber is private property, this will be your ONLY opportunity to experience the course prior to race day.

If possible, we’ll also try to have a few raffle prizes for those who show up for the preview.


Sunday, November 10th

8:00am - Course Preview at Camp Big Timer

Saturday, November 16th

2:00-5:00pm - Advance packet pick-up at Dick Pond Athletics, 303 North 2nd Street, St Charles

Sunday, November 17th

8:00-8:55am - Race day packet pick-up and registration at Camp Big Timber

8:30am - Orange Theory Fitness to lead group stretch at Start

9:00am - RACE START

9:00am-12:00pm - BSA Pancake Breakfast and Awards at CBT Dining Hall


Age Groups

  • Male and Female
  • 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
  • Note: Race Director may split any given age group(s) into two 5-year groups if registration warrants it

Age Groups

  • Overall Male Winner
  • Overall Female Winner
  • 1st – 2nd – 3rd Male Age Groups
  • 1st – 2nd – 3rd Female Age Groups
  • Note: Overall Male and Female Winners are not eligible for Age Group awards

Raffle Prizes

Random raffle prizes as available will be drawn after the Overall and Age Group awards; must be present to win

Team Competition*

Teams are formed on race day at the Team Entry table.

All teams MUST be signed up PRIOR to start of the race.

Teams may consist of up to FIVE individuals and are scored on the TOTAL time of the top FOUR finishers.

Team categories consist of:

High School Division

All members must be 18 years or under at time of race: HS Boys, HS Girls, HS Coed**.

Open Division

The open division can be made up of runners of all ages, Men, Women, & Coed**. Teams that otherwise meet the requirements of either HS or Masters divisions may not compete in the Open.

Masters Division

Must consist of all runners 40 years of age or older at the time of race. Masters Male, Masters Female, Masters Coed**

Only the winning team in each category receive an award.

*There is no additional fee to enter the team competition

**Coed teams must consist of at least TWO female athletes, and a minimum of two females must be included in the overall team time. (Meaning: Any male finishers beyond the first two finishers on a team, faster than the first female, will not count toward team time.)

Costume Competition:

Contestants must report to the Costume Entry table either prior to OR immediately following the race to have their picture taken.

The most “Likes” wins the prize.

Two awards: Multi-person Team and Individual.


All race registrants will receive:

  • Race Entry
  • Pancake breakfast for runners - (tickets for family and friends not participating in the race can be purchased at the door)
  • DPA BTXCC Knit Hat
  • When registering please consider making an additional donation to the Boy Scouts of America and/or the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin.
  • In honor of the Dick Pond Athletics 50th year of operation, the first (50) entrants will receive a special entry rate of $30
  • Standard Registration, AFTER the first 50 and until October 31 - $35.00
  • Late Registration, Nov 1 – Nov 16 - $40.00
  • Race-day Registration, Nov 17 - $45.00


Are you injured or unable to run but still want to be a part in this event? Are you bringing family or friends to the race?

We need volunteers to help out on race day at packet pick-up/registration and as course marshals.

In addition to the eternal gratitude of race management and all of the runners, we’ll give you a really cool DPA BTXCC knit hat and a free pancake breakfast for your time.

Please contact Ellen at andersenellen22@gmail.com prior to November 16 or seek her out on race day if you can help out.