The Southwest Half Marathon is considered a runner's 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.

Mile Markers and Display Clocks

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.

Water Stations

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

Restroom Facilities

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

Medical Attention

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.

Half Marathon Course Map


10K Course Map