11th Annual Southwest Half Marathon & 10k

Sunday 6th May 2018

Palos Park City Hall: 7607 W. College Dr., Palo Heights, United States

Distance running, 10K, Half marathon


  • Half-Marathon - Early Bird Bonanza, expires 12/31/17!
  • Half-Marathon - Individual Registration
  • 10K Run/Walk - Early Bird Bonanza, expires 12/31/17!
  • 10K Run/Walk - Individual Registration
  • Palos Health Kid's Dash Fun Run - 50 Yd Dash
  • Palos Health Kid's Dash Fun Run - 100 yard Dash
  • Palos Health Kid's Dash Fun Run - 200 Yard Dash
  • Palos Health Kid's Dash Fun Run - Quarter Mile


Be a part of the 11th annual Southwest Half Marathon and 10k Presented by Palos Health & CNB Bank and Trust, and enjoy one of the Midwest’s finest running events. From pre-race stretching led by experts from Palos Health and Fitness to a post-race celebration complete with live entertainment, the Southwest Half Marathon is “a true runner’s race” offering an extremely fast, flat Scenic course with chip timing, pace teams, cash prizes and awesome commemorative medals for all finishers.

$175,000 FOR CHARITY


South West Special Recreation Association (SWSRA) will be a charity organization associated with the South West Half Marathon & 10K Race. SWSRA will also be holding our annual Walk, Run or Roll 1/2 Mile Race in conjunction with SWHM. 

Since 2008, the Southwest Half Marathon has raised more than $175,000 for area charities including the South West Special Recreation Association, American Cancer Society for Prostate Cancer and Research, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Garden in Palos Heights. This year’s race will benefit the South West Special Recreation Association and the Palos Park Police Cadet Program. A 2010 Governor’s Hometown Award and several years of recognition by the Chicago Area Runner’s Association (CARA) are additional reasons to expect a full field.




Event details and schedule

The Southwest Half Marathon & 10k Presented by Palos Health and CNB Bank and Trust is considered a Midwest runners preferred race and that designation has much to do with the beauty and conditions of the course. The route weaves through gorgeous Cook County Forest Preserves, along flat, newly resurfaced pavement in Palos Heights, Palos Park and Palos Hills.


Race founder and Director Mel Diab does everything possible to make the Southwest Half Marathon & 10K a “runner’s race” – complete with mile markers to let runners know how they are progressing.


Volunteers will be on hand at 8 water stations to keep runners properly hydrated along the course.


A minimum of 40 portable restrooms are available, with several stationed at points along the course.


Two medical tents are provided along the route, with medical care provided by Loyola University Medical School.


Whether you tackle the half marathon or the 10k, a celebration is in order! Runners will enjoy a bash after the race in their honor and in honor of our non-profit beneficiaries, complete with live music, beer and other beverages.




Due to the upfront nature of event costs, we have a uniform policy of no refunds, transfers or deferrals to a future year. We know that plans change and unexpected things come up, but we feel it is most fair to apply a uniform policy to all, instead of an arbitrary line of who merits a refund and who doesn't. Thank you for understanding.




Organised by

Chicago Running and Special Events Mgmt

2221 W. 43rd Street, Chicago

Phone: 773-584-6688

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