Working with our 2018 photography partner (EnPhoto), digital photos will be emailed to 2018 race finishers – and they are YOURS to keep, share, and print, to your hearts’ content! To support this new race perk, $1.00 was added to the price of each paid 2018 registration. You’d pay $1.00 to have digital photos arrive via email, wouldn’t you? We thought so!
Personalize your finisher medal(s) with your name and time. Avoid the wait on race day by PREORDERING your finish medal engraving during the registration process. You have two preordering options:
Single Engraved Finisher Medal for $15 or I Challenger Package: Engrave All 3 Medals for $30
We will provide PR Medal Engravers with the preorders ahead of the race. Bring the medal(s) you receive at the finish line to the medal booth in the Great West Hall (same location as the post-race food), and they will swap them for your personalized, engraved versions. Our timing company will provide your finishing times to PR Medal Engravers on Friday during the 5K and Saturday during your longer event.
Race-day medal engraving is also available for those entrants who do not pre-order.
Starting at 5:30 a.m. on race morning, April 28, in the start line staging area, Einstein Bros Bagels will host a free Bagel Bite Bar. They will serve 5,000 bagel halves and cream cheese to runners, spectators, and volunteers. Get the bagels while they last!
Columbia Street Roastery will be joining them, serving hot coffee and tea.
The staging area map shows you the exact location of the Bagel Bite Bar on First Street, west of the State Farm Center. This map will also appear in the official participant guide that you’ll receive at packet pickup.
For $6.00, you can purchase a Day Pass for the U of I Activities and Recreation Center for Saturday, April 28 . You get a locker and access to all of the facilities: shower, pool, weights. Bring your own towel. Purchase your day pass online when you register. Pick up your day pass at the Member Services desk in the ARC lobby area on Thursday or Friday before the race. You can also purchase a day pass at the same location and times.
Need to stretch your tired and sore muscles after the race? Visit the AthletiCo Physical Therapy Post-Race Stretching Zone (located in Memorial Stadium, northeast of the finish line) and allow one of their highly trained physical therapists or certified athletic trainers to stretch your tight muscles and assess possible injuries.
All entrants will receive a personalized race number (except Marathon Relay and Relay I-Challenge teams who register after April 13). Be sure to fill out the Race Number Personalization question during the registration process (limited to 14 characters, including spaces).
All first-time marathoners and half marathoners will be issued a second race bib, to be worn, if they desire, on the back of their shirt on race day, identifying themselves as a first-time marathoner or half marathoner.
We are very excited to continue the “Golden Ticket” program at the 2018 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. We will be placing Golden Ticket stickers on the race bibs of several hundred entrants (across all events), awarding the lucky participants who get one with a prize from one of our sponsors…just like the golden tickets found in Willy Wonka chocolate bars!
Entrants with a Golden Ticket sticker on their race bib will be directed to the Golden Ticket prize redemption booth at the expo to redeem their prize.