Distance Night In Palatine 2020

Palatine, IL

Meet Information

Distance Night in Palatine is a unique fusion of elite distance racing, music, and fun. Our event this year is on Saturday night, April 25 at 7:00 pm. Designed to bring the best high school runners together from throughout Illinois and the Midwest, the event also serves as a charity fundraiser for Special Olympics. Amid the racing at the 800, 1600, and 3200 meter distances, we are hosting a Special Olympics 800 meter race. This race allows us to celebrate the true meaning of competition to run the race to the best of your ability.

In the 1600/3200, the top 16 entries in each race will gain entry into The Main Event. In the 800, we will run three heats with the top 12 gaining entry into The Main Event. Due to the popularity of the 1600, we will run two additional sections of boys varsity (48 athletes total) and three additional sections of girls varsity (64 athletes total). For the boys, we also run a freshman 1600 (16 athletes). In addition, we offer Distance Medley Relays for both genders. The approximate time schedule is included below.

The meet is run at Chic Anderson Stadium on the grounds of Palatine High School. Our school is located at 1111 N. Rohlwing Rd., Palatine, IL 60074.

Rob Harvey and Ken Helberg from Wheaton Warrenville South will be our timing crew. Review our entry procedures and minimum marks for consideration here.

Cost is $25 per individual athlete and $50 per distance medley relay. Entry fees will be payable upon check-in at the event. Checks should be made payable to Palatine High School. Each athlete competing will receive a T- shirt or racing singlet. Sizes will be pre-bought and given out on a first-come, first-serve basis at check-in.

Our three Community races are $10 per athlete. We will run these events from the waterfall and time them by hand. Please sign-up for the races in the field building at the northwest corner of Chic Anderson stadium.

Admission for spectators is by donation of a used pair of running shoes or $5 to Special Olympics.

The first session - dubbed The Undercard - leads in to the Main Event races at 9:00 pm. These later races will feature many of the finest runners in Illinois and the Midwest.

The Community Races will start at 6:20 pm with the following order of events:

6:20 pm Youth boys/girls 800 (6th grade and below)

6:30 pm Junior high boys/girls 1600 (7th and 8th grade). We will run two heats.

6:50 pm Open 1600 men/women (post-high school)

The Undercard will start at 7:00 pm with the following order of events:

7:00 pm Girls 1600 - Section 1

7:08 pm Freshman boys 1600

7:15 pm Girls 3200 - Section 1

7:29 pm Boys 3200 - Section 1

7:40 pm Girls 800 - Section 1

7:45 pm Girls 800 - Section 2

7:50 pm Boys 800 - Section 1

7:54 pm Boys 800 - Section 2

7:58 pm Girls 1600 - Section 2

8:05 pm Girls 1600 - Section 3

8:12 pm Boys 1600 - Section 1

8:18 pm Boys 1600 - Section 2

8:24 pm Girls Distance Medley Relay

8:40 pm Boys Distance Medley Relay

8:54 pm National Anthem / Special Olympics 800

The Main Event will start at 9:00 pm with the following order of events:

9:00 pm Girls 800 - Section 3

9:07 pm Boys 800 - Section 3

9:14 pm Girls 3200 - Section 2

9:28 pm Boys 3200 - Section 2

9:41 pm Girls 1600 - Section 3 (Run in "The Gauntlet" with spectators on the track)

9:50 pm Boys 1600 - Section 3 (Run in "The Gauntlet" with spectators on the track)

10:00 pm Costume 4 x 400 relay


All athletes should check in upon arrival at the field building at the northwest corner of the stadium. This is the building right next to the admissions gate. They will receive their event T-shirt and their race bib. These bib numbers will be pinned to their race jersey.

All athletes should report to the check in tent at the north end of the track (the end near the tennis courts) fifteen minutes prior to their race.