On March 12 when we announced the postponement of the 2020 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Race Weekend, we had good reason to believe we would be able to reschedule our three-day event later in the year. As we move into our third month since the start of the pandemic and after speaking with numerous local government and health officials, it is clear that is no longer a viable option. Ensuring the safety and well-being of everyone involved in our race is always our top priority.
The size, scope, and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic finds communities like Champaign-Urbana in an ongoing state of uncertainty, with no clear picture of what the coming months will look like. Given this uncertainty—and our keen awareness of how much the ongoing postponement status weighs on everyone who looked forward to achieving their race goals—with deep sadness we are announcing the CANCELLATION of our 2020 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Race Weekend.
We are all in this together and we all share in your disappointment. These past 11 years, the race weekend has come to mean so much to so many people, here in Champaign-Urbana as well as across the country. The cancellation is extremely unfortunate but is the right decision considering the circumstances our world and community are in.
This announcement does bring some good news along with the sad news, however. We’re happy to tell you that as one of our 2020 entrants who paid for a registration this year, you will have THREE options to choose from regarding your 2020 registration. You can pick the option that works best for you. All 2020 entrants were email additional instructions regarding these options.
For those of you who had still hoped to register for our in-person 2020 race weekend, you can register for the VIRTUAL version of any 2020 event except the marathon relay or the youth run. Registration is OPEN until June 30.
Once you register, complete your race virtually on the day, time, and place that works for you. We’ll send you instructions about how to report your results. All virtual finishers who submit their results will receive their race swag—drawstring bag, race shirt, and finisher medal—sometime in August.
We have prepared an FAQ document to answer over 30 questions you might have about the race cancellation at https://illinoismarathon.com/2020-race-cancellation/faq/
Of course, if you don’t see your question addressed, please email us at
or call us at 217/372-1444.