The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met at its regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA office in Bloomington on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, where the Board announced that it has directed the IHSA staff to proceed with conducting an IHSA Road Race this spring.
The IHSA Board approved the formation of an IHSA Road Race in September, 2015
, with the inaugural race planned for late July, 2016. In early July, the IHSA announced that, due to low participation numbers, the Road Race would not be held
IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson said at that time, “Although we are disappointed, we haven’t given up on the concept by any means. We are going to have our Cross Country Advisory Committee and Athletes With Disabilities Committee continue to discuss and review the premise, while also seeking more feedback from our member schools.”
Discussion at a joint September meeting between members of the Athletes With Disabilities Committee and Cross Country Advisory Committee prompted the Board’s action today.
The IHSA staff will be charged with determining the date, location, entry process and those eligible to enter in the Road Race in the coming months. The Board confirmed there would once again be a wheelchair division, high school boys’ division and high school girls’ division.
More information will be available on the IHSA website soon, as well as presented to IHSA member school administrators at Town Hall meetings in November.