The Second annual Oak Brook Half Marathon was held on Monday,
September 7th. It began at 7:00 am and consisted of a 13 mile course
starting and ending at Kensington Court. The course took participants
through Fullersburg Woods and around the McDonald’s campus. In previous
years, the Village had used an outside vendor to produce maps of the
course. The maps while informative, did not contain information on the
path’s condition or registration information.
In order to better inform runners of the course, the Village asked
the GIS department to create maps to support the race. For the Half
Marathon three maps were created. The first map which was designed for
the race participants contained information on the various types of
running surfaces throughout the course including crushed limestone,
brick, and asphalt. It also showed the location of bridges throughout
the village as well as registration information and parking locations.
This large 36 x 48 map was used at the start of the race to provide
runners with all of the necessary information.
The second map was created for the police and fire department. It
contained the same information as the first map, although instead of
showing the running surfaces, the course was broken into three sections
including the first mile, mid-course and the last mile. Police and Fire
posts locations were also included as well as the central command post
location. This map was used in the fire trucks and as a reference for
the police in their vehicles.
The third map was created to provide a close up view of the
registration area. It included parking information and the location of
volunteer check-in, race reward area and surrounding buildings such as
the Recreation and Aquatic center. The maps were passed out to
participants at the race.