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Jenex Limestone Loppett on November 10

Wed, Oct  17, 2007 - By Bob Richards, Northern Illinois Nordic

Rollerskiing on a limestone pathwayNorthern Illinois Nordic's JENEX LIMESTONE LOPPET is ALL BUT CERTAIN to be run at the BLACKWELL NORTH LOOP (OFF OF MACK RD.), It is the MCKEE MARSH area. near Winfield, IL.

When: Saturday, Nov. 10 (rain date Nov. 17)

What: Off-road (crushed limestone) low-key, fun Time Trial approximately 10K in length. Time: 9 a.m.

Divisions: Roller-ski, CAT-ski

Format: Entrants go every 30 seconds on a two-lap plus Time Trial

Course: Mostly flat with a couple of hills to make it interesting. The course is in very good condition, won't be crowded, and has NO road crossings. There are toilet facilities 30 feet from the starting line and an adequate parking lot right at the starting line. (See here for more pictures of the trail).

Sponsors: Title sponsor JENEX will donate a pair of Aeros roller skis! Raffle also will include aparel and hats from INFINITY and gloves, eyewear and a SKITRAB jacket from CHI-TOWN SPORTS..


  • Take Winield Road north from I-88 to Mack Road.
  • Go west on Mack. Rd. 1.2 miles (.3 past trail signs) to last parking lot on right.

Directions from Butterfield Rd. (Route 56) and Winfield Rd:

  • Go north on Winfield Rd. .8 of mile to Mack Rd.
  • Go west on Mack. Rd. 1.2 miles (.3 past trail signs) to last parking lot on right.

There may be a waiver to sign, and possibly a very small entry fee, but probably not. No money can change hands on Forest Preserve property.

Professional timing has been secured through RACETIME.

Please let me know if you plan to come. If you're from out-of-state, give me an indication of your ability. We encourage people of all abilities, fast or slow to come out. NO pressure! It's all about having fun. I do try to seed this as best I can for a more interesting finish, but it's not always possible to get it exactly right.

--Bob Richards, Northern Illinois Nordic ( )