CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, ILLINOIS

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

Abe's log

12 Mar

Alma Mater Still Going Strong at 88!

Comments are off

From the Desk of Co-Race Director, Jan Seeley No Illini is more famous than Alma Mater, the bronze grand dame whose presence graces the corner of Green & Wright streets. American sculptor and University of Illinois graduate Lorado Taft cast Alma in 1929—her official birthday is June 11, 1929, the day she was dedicated—and she’s […]

Read More
6 Feb

Run For Charity – Abe’s Log

Comments are off

Us runners, we’re a caring sort. Each year, thousands of us raise millions for charities in events around the country. For this year’s Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon (CCIM), I’m raising funds for my most favorite cause: the Champaign County Humane Society (CCHS) I owe a tremendous debt to the CCHS. Without them I would never […]

Read More
30 Jan

I said “Yes!”

Comments are off

From the Desk of Co-Director Jan Seeley I love capers involving race weekend, especially wedding proposals. For race weekend 2015, our media director Cheryle Turner was in cahoots with two runners planning to surprise their brides-to-be with finish line proposals During the Friday night 5K, Cheryle guarded with her life the diamond ring in her […]

Read More
25 Jan

The Memory of Joe Pacer Lives On

Comments are off

What started as a single blog entry the day after Joe Seeley entered the University of Chicago Medical Center for treatment in January 2011 ended up spanning 21 months. Joe shares intimate details of his journey with unflinching honesty, laugh-out-loud humor, and a gentle grace. He lets us experience with him the exhilarating highs and […]

Read More
16 Jan

Are YOU a Face of Our Race? Channel 3 Wants to Know!

Comments are off

Could you be a FACE OF THE RACE? Our TV partner, WCIA Channel 3, is looking for participants in the 2017 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Weekend who have compelling stories. Why are you running our event? For health or weight loss purposes, to overcome adversity, in memory of a loved one, to raise money for […]

Read More
13 Jan

Full & Half Marathon Shirt Reveal

Comments are off

Our friends at Campus Sportswear delivered us the first round of Half & Full Marathon shirts yesterday. The marathon and half marathon shirts designs celebrate new Illini venue Grange Grove, just west of Memorial Stadium. Males and females in full and half events will receive the same color shirt this year, but the cut is […]

Read More
9 Jan

From the Desk of Co-Director Jan Seeley

Comments are off

Meeting and corresponding with race entrants is, without question, the best part of my job as co-director. Every one of you has a story, and I never tire of hearing them. One of the highest compliments we’ve ever received came from entrant Karl Fruecht, who said, “You cover all the bases and make all the […]

Read More
2 Jan

Resolve to Train Better – Abe’s Log

Comments are off

I remember the first time I trained for a marathon. I had run a few 5Ks and thought I was ready to tackle 26.2 miles. Who wouldn’t, right? I got up to about 16 miles in my very informal training and decided that I had everything I needed to finish a marathon. Boy, was I […]

Read More
27 Dec

Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon 2017 Charity Running Program

Comments are off

  Fifteen local agencies have been named official Charity Running Partners of the 2017 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. Via the Charity Running page on the race website,  interested race entrants can sign up to create a fundraising campaign for any of the 15 charities. It is also possible for entrants to make a one-time donation […]

Read More
26 Dec

5K Shirt Reveal

Comments are off

The Campus Sportswear team is rolling on designs and screen printing our 2017 race shirts. They have begun printing thePresence Health 5K Run/Walk shirts. Our designs this year will celebrate the Sesquicentennial Celebration of the University of Illinois. This shirt features Red Grange’s “Galloping Ghost” statue, located on the west exit of Memorial Stadium. The […]

Read More