CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, ILLINOIS

Marathon | Half Marathon | Marathon Relay | 10K | 5K | Youth Run | Volunteer

Frequently Asked Questions

If you do not see your question answered below, send your question to director@illinoismarathon.com.

Registration and Packet Pickup

We’re happy to substitute a new runner for your relay team. Please email director@illinoismarathon.com with the following info: name of your team and original members of the team; for the replacement runner, tell us his/her name, address, date of birth, email, cell phone and cell phone provider, shirt size, emergency contact and phone number

A few weeks before race weekend, we will email all of our entrants the link to the race number (or bib) look-up page. Following the prompts, each entrant can learn his/her race number. Knowing the number will expedite race number pick up. If you forget or lose this number, we will have computers in the bib pick-up area of the expo and volunteers who will help you get the information again.

Packet pick-up takes place at the expo at the University of Illinois Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), 201 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL, 61820. Consult the parking map to see your parking options.

The Body n Sole Health & Fitness Expo and Packet Pick-Up take place Thursday, April 20, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Friday, April 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. You can pick up your race packet (race number, race shirt, and drawstring backpack) either day.

New for 2017: You must show your ID to pick up your race packet (minors who do not have an ID may pick up their race packet with an accompanying parent or guardian).

New for 2017:  If you plan to pick up a race packet for someone else, you must have a photocopy of their ID.

There is no registration or packet pick-up on April 22 for any of our events, except for the Busey Youth Run. All race packets must be picked up by 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 21. However, if something comes up and you miss the expo, please call 217/369-8553 to make special arrangements to pick up your race packet on April 22.

Yes, this is possible and easy to change your event, with our new online registration partner, imATHLETE.

  1. Your confirmation email contains your unique transaction ID. With this code, you can access the Manage Registration page on the imAthlete website. (If you cannot find your confirmation email, go to Registration Confirmation at the bottom of our Registration page and follow the prompts to send yourself another confirmation email!)
  2. Toward the top of your confirmation email, look for a heading in bold that says EDIT YOUR REGISTRATION and a link.
  3. Click the link and you will arrive at the Edit Registration page, where you can copy and paste your transaction ID from your confirmation email into the appropriate box. That will take you to Manage Registration page.
  4. Under the heading What Do You Want to Do? select “change your race or registration class.”
  5. Select the new race you want to participate in and then make any updates necessary (new custom questions, additional payment due—you pay the difference between the price of your original race and the price of your new race, etc. Note: if you change from a more expensive race to a less expensive race, there is no refund for the difference). Once done, poof, you are automatically moved to the new race and removed from your old race.
  6. Yup, it’s that simple.

Race Day

Consult the parking map to see your parking options.

If you are in the marathon or half marathon, your commemorative Illinois Marathon drawstring backpack is your drop bag (no luggage or paper bags). Put inside your backpack any clothing that you want after the race. Use a safety pin to attach the gear bag check from the bottom of your race number to your bag and place it in the appropriately marked FedEx truck on the west side of the State Farm Center, north of the starting line. Gear check opens at 5:30 a.m. After your race, you can pick up your drop bag in the Great West Hall at Memorial Stadium, the same area where the postrace food is located. Bag drop/retrieval is not available for marathon relay, 10K, 5K, or youth run participants due to the short length of these events.

We do allow walkers in all of the events except the full marathon.

Headphones, earbuds, and so on are discouraged, for your safety and others around you. Runners should be alert to their surroundings and able to hear course volunteers and other runners.

We can allow strollers in the 5K Run/Walk only, and as long as you are walking and start in the last corral. Strollers will start right ahead of those walking without strollers.  If you are pushing a child in a stroller, you must WALK and not RUN. We do not allow pets in any of our events.

The marathon, half marathon, and marathon relay start at the same time. To lessen overcrowding on the course, runners start in waves based on pace. Runners are assigned to their waves based on their estimated finish times, specified during registration. Learn more on the Wave Start

To lessen overcrowding on the 5K course, we have a wave start. When entrants register for the 5K, they will pick one of the estimated finish times below:

  • 25:00 & faster
  • 25:01 to 31:00
  • 31:01 to 37:00
  • 37:01 to 43:00
  • 43:01 & slower
  • Just to have fun
  • Walker (of any pace) + all strollers

Your corral will be printed on your bib number. The fastest runners are assigned to the first wave and occupy the first start corral. After these runners have cleared the start line, the next corral moves up to the starting line. After a predetermined interval, the second wave starts and so on.

We do self seeding into waves based on projected finish time. We have volunteers holding up projected finish times in amongst the runners, with human chains of volunteers dividing the groups by pace. Please be considerate and honest. Walkers and slower runners should position themselves toward the back. Times are based on when your chip crosses the starting line. Slow participants who put themselves ahead of faster ones create a safety hazard and slow down other racers without any benefit to themselves.

The 5K starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21. The wheelchair half marathon starts at 7:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 22. The marathon, half marathon, and marathon relay start at 7:03 a.m. on Saturday, April 22. The 10K starts at approximately 7:35 a.m. on April 22. The Youth Run starts at 3:00 a.m. on April 22. The rain date for the Youth Run is Sunday, April 23 at 3:00 p.m.

There are 16 hydration stations on the course. Hydration stations will be stocked with water (all stations), Lemon-Lime Gatorade (most stations), and GU (mile 6.6, which is shortly after marathon relay exchange zone A; mile 13; mile 17; and mile 21).

The following flavors of GU will be served at these four locations: Vanilla Bean, Strawberry Banana, Tri Berry, and Chocolate Outrage. All have caffeine except Strawberry Banana.

The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon is a USATF-Certified Course and a qualifying race for those people seeking a trip to the world famous Boston Marathon.

We take pride in our “excessive” use of Port-a-Potties! As such, we have located these temporary bathrooms at approximately every mile along the full and half marathon routes. The start of the race will have many port-a-potties. Please see the map of Port-a-Potties here

The time limit for traffic control on the course is a 3:30 finish time for the half marathon and a 6:00 finish time for the full marathon. If you are still on the course after the time limit, you will need to exercise caution as it pertains to automobiles, etc. We will, however, keep the finish line clock running for 7 hours from the start of the marathon.

Yes. Meet up outside the entrance to the stadium and come in together. Be courteous to marathoners who are finishing at the same time and who will probably be a lot more tired than you will be.

I-Challenge finishers (Full-I, Half-I, and Mini-i) pick up their I-Challenge medals on the field at Memorial Stadium from a specially marked table in the south end of the stadium. Bibs of I-Challengers will be coded to identify runners as I-Challenge entrants.

Meet your family after the race in the horseshoe bleachers of Memorial Stadium. Look for large letters of the alphabet to identify specific reunion locations. Spectators are not allowed on the field.

After the Race

We welcome your feedback on any aspect of our event. Tell us your thoughts by filling out the feedback form.

We know it is difficult to go up stairs after a long run. Unfortunately for runners, we are not allowed to have food on the turf. (It could have been worse; we could have made you go down stairs to get the food.)

If you win an age group award, it will be mailed via the US Postal Service within 6 weeks of the race. The age group awards are personalized to each winner, so they take a long time to complete.

The course was certified by the same man who certifies other marathons, including the Chicago Marathon. GPS devices are not as accurate as many runners believe. Even if you had a perfectly accurate GPS device, you should expect it to record a distance slightly longer than the official length. When you factor in the crowds and the water stops, it is nearly impossible to run the shortest possible path that the course certifier takes when measuring. In fact, if your GPS ever gives you the precise official length of the race, it is most likely that either your device is off or the course is short. GPS gadgets that sample position infrequently, on the other hand, will cut off corners and record a shorter distance than you actually ran.

Our official race photographer is MarathonFoto. It takes a few days to match photos to bib numbers. Photos will be available for purchase within a few days of the race, from a link on the homepage to MarathonFoto. In addition, runners who supplied e-mail addresses when they registered will probably receive e-mail notification when photos are ready.

When you order as many thousands of shirts and medals as we did, you inevitably have a few slip through that should not. Tell us your goodie problems, and we’ll make it better.

If you preregistered for one of our events, but were unable to attend, we will be happy to mail your shirt to you. Please send a letter requesting your shirt and include a check in the amount of $5.15 (for shipping) to: Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, P.O. Box 262, Champaign, IL 61824.

Our 2017 race weekend is Thursday, April 20 to Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Registration for our 2017 race weekend will open on July 4, 2016!

Maybe you registered with a different e-mail address, or mistyped it. It happens! Or maybe you have a spam filter that politely asks us to answer questions in order for our e-mails to reach you. We have 20,000+ entrants, and it is not practical for us to jump through those hoops. Try adding director@illinoismarathon.com to your contact list or your spam filter’s whitelist.

The date of our event is largely out of our hands. Our fantastic hosts at the University of Illinois and the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics have numerous events taking place during the spring, and we cooperate with them in every way we can. Those U of I events include, among others, Mom’s Day and the Spring Football Game (held at Memorial Stadium, of course). The very end of April seems to be when there is an opening for us.