The New Northwestern Medicine Cross Country Course at Settler's Hill Opens with Kane County Invitational

Northwestern Medicine
Orthopaedics September 01, 2021
On the site of what was once a landfill, the Kane County Cross Country Invitational took place Aug. 28, 2021 at the new Northwestern Medicine Cross Country Course at Settler’s Hill in Geneva, Illinois. A ribbon cutting before the race celebrated the opening of the new course that is designed for large high school and college meets, but is also a venue for all ages and open to the public.

"It is a professionally developed and maintained cross country course that is open for everyone's use on non-race days," said Brian Babka, MD, sports medicine physician, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. "We are excited to collaborate on this project as it promotes a healthy, active community."

This unique course is one of only three in the Midwest. With an 80-meter-wide curved starting line and a 550-meter starting straightaway, the course has several loops that can be configured for different-length races. Conveniently located and adjacent to the Kane County Cougars stadium, the course provides the athletes and spectators panoramic views of both the Fox River Valley and the skyline of Chicago. It is NCAA certified and is scheduled for five high school and college meets this fall.

"It's been a long time coming. It began almost four decades ago when they built the landfill with a promise to build recreational amenities when the landfill closed. It takes a closed landfill and turns it into something wonderful for the community," said John Martin, Kane County Forest Preserve District.

The course is a joint project with the City of Geneva, the Kane County Forest Preserve District, the Chicago Area Track & Field Organizing Committee* and Northwestern Medicine.
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