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2020 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Race Weekend Cancellation FAQ

With deep sadness we are announcing the CANCELLATION of our 2020 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Race Weekend.  

Participants with a paid registration in the 2020 race weekend have three options:

  1. Receive a 100% registration credit toward your registration in the 2021 race weekend (April 29–May 1, 2021). 
  2. Receive a 100% registration credit toward your registration in the 2022 race weekend (April 28–April 30, 2022). 
  3. Complete your 2020 race VIRTUALLY and report the results of your run or walk with a tool the race will email your further instructions about. Complete your virtual race by June 30 and submit your results by July 15 so you can receive your race goodies—drawstring bag, race shirt, and finisher medal—sometime in August.

More details about these options are answered in the FAQ below.  If your question isn’t answered in the FAQ, contact us.

Cancellation FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

When is the 2021 race weekend?

April 29–May 1, 2021.

When is the 2022 race weekend?

April 28–30, 2022.

Why do I have to make my decision by May 31?

We need to wrap up the 2020 race as soon as possible. Registration for our 2021 race weekend will open in early July. The May 31 deadline ensures you reserve your space before the race slots are taken. Entrants who select the 100% registration credit option for the 2021 race weekend will register during the month of June, before we open registration for 2021 to the general public.

What are the next steps if I select the option to complete my 2020 race event virtually?

We will send an email to all virtual participants with instructions, including how to submit your results. But here are the basics: Run or walk or roll your race on the day/time/place that works best for you. (If you are an I-Challenger, you’ll be completing two races.) Be sure to follow the safety guidelines that have been laid out by your local government regarding COVID-19. The deadline for submitting your virtual results is July 15, 2020. The virtual races are being conducted on an honor system! Please uphold the spirit of honest racing by running the full distance of your race and reporting accurate times.

All virtual participants who complete their race(s) and submit their finish time(s) will receive their race swag—drawstring bag, race shirt(s), and finisher medal(s). These items will be available in August for pick up at Body n’ Sole Sports (1317 N Dunlap Ave, Savoy, IL 61874) or we’ll ship the goodies to you. Please note: virtual marathon finish times DO NOT qualify you for the Boston Marathon.

If I am entered in one of the I-Challenge events and want to complete my 2020 races virtually, do I have to run or walk both races? If I do and I submit my results, will I get two race shirts, three finisher medals, and my drawstring bag?

Yes, I-Challenge entrants who opt to complete their races virtually must complete both distances and submit results for both events, and—YES—you will receive all your 2020 race swag!

May I run my virtual race on the official race routes in Champaign-Urbana?

While there are no restrictions on where you complete your virtual race, please keep safety top of mind and follow all ordinances in place regarding COVID-19. As long as you aren’t violating social distancing guidelines, feel free to run on our race routes in Champaign-Urbana.

What are the next steps if I select the option to receive a 100% registration credit toward my registration in the 2021 or 2022 race weekend?

2020 entrants who choose to receive a 100% registration credit toward our 2021 race weekend will receive an email in early June with instructions and a unique promo code to register online for the same race in 2021 that they were registered for in 2020. Once you receive your unique promo code, you will have until June 30 to register for the 2021 race weekend. 2020 entrants who choose to receive a 100% registration credit toward for our 2022 race weekend will receive an email in June 2021 with a unique promo code to register online for the same race in 2022 that they were registered for in 2020. We will let you know then the date by which you need to register for the 2022 race weekend using your unique code.

If I choose the option to receive a 100% registration credit to register for the 2021 or 2022 race weekend, am I automatically entered or do I need to re-register?

You do need to re-register for the race year you’ve selected. 2020 entrants who choose a 100% registration credit for the 2021 race weekend will receive an email in early June with instructions and a unique promo code to register online for the same race in 2021 that they were registered for in 2020. Once you receive your unique promo code, you will have until June 30 to register for the 2021 race weekend. 2020 entrants who choose to receive a 100% registration credit toward for our 2022 race weekend will receive an email in June 2021 with a unique promo code to register online for the same race in 2022 that they were registered for in 2020. We will let you know then the date by which you need to register for the 2022 race weekend using your unique code.

What is the deadline to get registered if I choose the option to receive a 100% registration credit into the 2021 race weekend?

Once you receive your unique promo code, you will have until June 30 to register for the 2021 race weekend.

Why do I have to get reregistered for 2021 by June 30?

Because we have race number limits on our events, we want all our 2020 entrants who opted for free entry into our 2021 race weekend to get registered BEFORE we open our 2021 registration to the general public in early July. This is the only way to ensure that you will be registered before the race reaches capacity.

What if I want to register for a different race in 2021 than I signed up for in 2020?

Send an email to director@illinoismarathon.com or call the race hotline @ 217/372-1444 and we’ll assist you. You can also contact the support team at Race Roster for assistance with this: 855/969-5515.

I purchased race insurance when I registered. May I submit a claim because the race was cancelled due to the pandemic and receive a refund?

Unfortunately, no. Registration insurance through Protecht/Fanshield covers 17 reasons why you might not be able to attend race weekend; the race being cancelled due to a pandemic is not one of the reasons.

Does my Protecht/Fanshield Event Registration Insurance policy that I purchased when I registered for the 2020 race weekend carry over to 2021 if I choose to receive a 100% registration credit toward my 2021 registration?

Yes, if you paid for Protecht/Fanshield race insurance when you registered for our 2020 race weekend and you choose to receive a 100% credit to register for our 2021 race weekend, your insurance policy will be valid for your 2021 registration. This option is not available to those entrants who defer their entries to the 2022 race weekend.

If I select the option for a 100% registration credit toward the 2021 or 2022 race weekend, can I give my registration to a friend or family member?

Initially, you must use the unique registration promo code to get yourself registered. The code won’t work for anyone else. However, once you’ve registered, you can use our TRANSFER tool to switch your registration to someone else. Instructions for how to use the transfer tool can be found here. 

If I select the option for a 100% registration credit toward the 2021 or 2022 race weekend, get registered, and then end up not being able to participate, what are my options?

If you find yourself in this situation, your best option would be to use the TRANSFER tool to transfer your registration to a friend or family member. Instructions for how to use the transfer tool can be found here

Can I donate my 2020 registration fee? If so, how would the donation be used?

If you want to donate your registration fee, please email director@illinoismarathon.com. Your registration fee will be donated to the Champaign-Urbana COVID-19 Relief Fund, managed by United Way of Champaign County.  https://www.uwayhelps.org/COVID19

Will I be refunded for my 2020 pasta feed ticket purchase?

Yes, if you purchased a pasta feed ticket, your money will be returned to you. You will see that refund reflected on your statement sometime after May 31.

Will I be refunded for my 2020 ARC Day Pass purchase?

Yes, if you purchased an ARC Day Pass, your money will be returned to you.  You will see that refund reflected on your statement sometime after May 31.

Will I be refunded for my 2020 race shirt personalization purchase?

Yes, if you purchased race shirt personalization, your money will be returned to you (unless you choose to complete your 2020 race virtually; see the next question). You’ll see that refund reflected on your statement sometime after May 31.

If I complete my 2020 race virtually and I paid to have my race shirt personalized, will the race shirt you send me be personalized?

Yes, we’ll personalize your race shirt before we send your race goodies. I-Challenge entrants who paid for both race shirts to be personalized will have both shirts personalized.

If I complete my 2020 race virtually and I preordered an iTab plate for the back of my finisher medal, will I receive that after submitting my race results?

Yes, after the virtual race results submission deadline closes on July 15, we will send the results data to iTab. They will create the results plates for the finisher medals and mail them to all eligible race entrants. I-Challenge entrants who paid for iTab plates for all three of their medals will be mailed all three.

I am an elite athlete who received a COMP race entry for 2020. Can I defer that registration to next year?

No. Elite athletes need to reapply for elite status in 2021. The elite athlete application will be available on the race website in July.

I received a COMP race entry for 2020 from one of the race sponsors. Am I eligible for the 100% credit on my registration in 2021 or 2022?

No. Race entrants who received a comp entry from a race sponsor should secure a new comp entry into our 2021 or 2022 race weekends and reregister.

I received a COMP race entry through a giveaway or auction. Am I eligible for the 100% credit on my registration in 2021 or 2022?

If you registered for our 2020 race using a comp code you received through a giveaway or auction, we will reach out to you regarding registration for 2021 or 2022.

If I complete my 2020 race virtually, when will my race swag (bag, shirt, finisher medal) be shipped to me?

In the virtual race instructions that we’ll email you, there will be a link to a Google Form that you can complete to claim your race swag. You’ll need to let us know if you’d like to pick-up your race swag at Body n’ Sole Sports (1317 N Dunlap Ave, Savoy, IL 61874) or have these items shipped to you. We anticipate having the race swag ready for pick up or delivery in August; we will be in touch with concrete details when they are available.

What about the Charity Running Partner Program?

We have sent all money donated to our 12 Charity Running Partners to them, and the charities all have received their donations.

If I can’t defer my entry to either April 2021 or April 2022 and I don’t want to run my race virtually, can I get a refund for my 2020 entry fee?

The COVID-19 pandemic has put us in an unpredictable position. After exploring many options regarding the cancellation of our 2020 race, we determined that offering our 2020 entrants the flexibility to complete their race virtually or receive a 100% registration credit into our 2021 or 2022 race weekend were the best options. Due to the many expenditures that we have already incurred for this year’s cancelled race weekend, there is simply no way we can offer our 2020 entrants a free entry into our 2021 or 2022 race weekend and also issue refunds.

Did you insure our registration money, which would have allowed you to refund our fees?

We did not, but even if we had, the race cancellation insurance would not have covered COVID-19. It’s possible at some point in the future that insurance coverage will change to cover “cancellation in the event of a disease pandemic.”

Why didn’t you just cancel race weekend back in March instead of postponing it and now ultimately cancelling it?

When we announced the postponement of race weekend on March 12, we had good reason to believe we would be able to reschedule our 2020 race weekend later in the year. As we move into our third month since the start of the pandemic, it is clear that is no longer a reasonable option. The size, scope, and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic finds communities like ours in an ongoing state of uncertainty, with no clear picture of what the coming months will look like. 

Such uncertainty makes it impossible for us to reschedule race weekend. A blueprint does not yet exist for how to conduct large-scale sporting events safely in the current COVID-19 climate.

We are all in this together and we all share in your disappointment. These past 11 years, the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Race Weekend has come to mean so much to you, our community, our volunteers, our sponsors, and our charities, and our local businesses and organizations. The cancellation is extremely unfortunate but is the right decision considering the circumstances our world and community are in.  

What are you going to do with all the 2020 race swag?

All 2020 entrants who complete their events virtually will receive their 2020 race swag—drawstring bag, finisher shirt(s), and finisher medal(s)—later this summer.

All 2020 entrants who opt to receive a 100% registration credit from this year and register for the 2021 race weekend will receive a one-of-a-kind race shirt next year: their keepsake 2021 race shirt will feature the 2020 T-shirt design on the front and a unique, still-to-be created 2021 design on the back that reflects the historic nature of circumstances that lead them to be running or walking with us in 2021. In addition to the complimentary one-of-a-kind race shirt that you’ll be receiving, you can purchase the 2021 race shirt that new 2021 entrants will be receiving.

What are you going to do with the 2020 finisher medals?

If you choose the 100% registration credit and re-register for our 2021 race weekend, when you come to packet pick up to get your 2021 race shirt and drawstring bag, we will give you—as a GIFT—the 2020 finisher medal(s) you would have received in April 2020. We will have new 2021 finisher medals for every 2021 finisher, but we want to make sure our 2020 entrants get these 2020 medals as another historic memento of what we all went through together.

Do you have any other questions?

If so, send us an email at director@illinoismarathon.com or call the race hotline at 217/372-1444. 

 

Thank you for your understanding and support. This is new territory for all of us. 

Everyone associated with our race weekend is as disheartened as you are that we can’t come together this year. But your safety and well-being is our top priority, and we’re excited we can provide our 2020 participants 100% registration credit into either our 2021 or 2022 race weekend or a great virtual race opportunity this year. We can’t wait for an exceptional LUCKY 13th annual race weekend next April 29–May 1, 2021. 

Thank you. 

Kindest regards,

Mike & Jan

 

Mike Lindemann & Jan Seeley

Co-directors

Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Race Weekend

director@illinoismarathon.com

217/372-1444

www.illinoismarathon.com