Nature Trail Runners

A running club with weekly Group Runs in Aurora, IL., Montgomery, IL. and Oswego, IL.


This page will compile all the races, events, and volunteer opportunities that local organizers inform us about. While there are dozens of races nearly every month of the racing season, the promoters of these events have made a special effort to share the information with us and we are glad to spread the word. If you have an event you would like listed here, please email Ellen ( at least one month in advance.

If you are a club member and you are running in any race, listed here or otherwise, we would love to know about it! Email me with the race info and you just may find yourself with a cheering section!

To be taken to the registration or info page for any event, click on the event name or photo.


May 30th- Ozzie Home Run and Walk 5k


“As one of the most unique 5K events in Chicagoland that is open to both competitive runners and recreational walkers, Ozzie’s Home Run and Walk 5K will start and finish on the field at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark with the finish line at home plate. Participants will be seen on the ballpark’s new videoboard through a live-feed camera and can receive a high-five from Ozzie T. Cougar. Families with children are encouraged to participate as strollers are permitted and there is a special discounted rate for participants between 5 and 18 years old.

The first 500 registrants will receive a commemorative Cougars/Ozzie race drawstring bag along with a complimentary ticket voucher for the Friday, June 5 Cougars game. Other surprises on race day include door prizes and raffles for ceremonial first pitches, unique ballpark experiences and more. The top three male and female finishers in 14 age division categories will win a customized race medal with the Ozzie’s Home Run and Walk logo, courtesy of Image Awards, Engraving & Creative Keepsakes, Inc. of Geneva. Following the race, participants can enjoy a variety of refreshments including a complimentary brat and beer for participants 21 and older. The event, which will feature chip timing this year, included a total of 500 participants in 2014.”

July – Coming Soon

October -Coming soon


6 comments on “Races/Events/Community

  1. andrew wells
    July 8, 2012

    Excellent listing of events. I will most certainly run in the Montgomery river run 5K with the nature trail runners!

  2. rckmtl
    July 11, 2012

    Thank you! That’s two for our team so for. Who else is going to join us?

  3. Jake Knaak
    August 2, 2012

    I would love to join the team, but right now I am planning my first half-marathon on that same day. I will let you know if I am able to switch things around

  4. daisy
    August 27, 2012

    I will be doing race too !!! let us know when we can register as a team !

  5. Jake Knaak
    August 27, 2012

    I ended up switching my race, so count me in as well!

  6. Mike Hogan
    February 28, 2014

    April 26th at Cantigny on Winfield Road in Wheaton

    Epilepsy 5K – Wheaton
    We are thrilled to be at Cantigny Park for the second year! This gorgeous setting provides us with wonderful trails for our 2014 5K! The 5K at Cantigny Park is a USATF certified course.

    Join team “We are Kings” and help me (Mike Hogan) help a friend with this worthy cause. Plenty of free parking, USATF certified 5k course, chip timed, scenic off road course, t- shirts, and only $25.

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