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.
Family members will have a unique way to support their favorite runner on the race route this year and help the Eastern Illinois Foodbank (EIF). Through the generosity of UpClose Printing, EIF will have Official Cheer Signs available at their booth at the health & fitness expo.
Make a donation of any size at the EIF booth and you’ll receive a Cheer Sign to decorate. We’ll even have table near their expo booth where you’ll find drawing materials (crayons, markers, and so on). The Eastern Illinois Foodbank works with more than 200 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other emergency feeding programs in 17 Illinois counties and distributed over 7.5 million pounds of food (1.5 million of which was fresh produce) in 2015.
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.
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.