CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, ILLINOIS

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

Frequently Asked Questions

If you do not see your question answered below, send your question to director@illinoismarathon.com.

Registration and Packet Pickup

Yes, it is possible—and easy—to change your entry from one race (aka sub-event) to a different race. You can also transfer your registration to someone else. Instructions for how to do either of these things can be found here.

You will find the TRANSFER button on the right side of the race registration page to start the process.

If you purchased insurance when you registered, it’s time to file a claim with Protecht/Fanshield.

The original team member initiates the TRANSFER via the race registration page. The replacement relay team member will receive an email, click on the Transfer link, and complete the registration to join your relay team.

Instructions for how to complete a transfer can be found here.

We are using cutting-edge, dynamic bib assigning this year, which will speed up our race number pickup process quite a bit. On Tuesday, April 21, 2020 we will email each entrant a unique QR code—instead of a specific race number, as in the past. Print and bring to the expo a copy of your QR code (or show it to us on your phone) to be assigned and receive your race number. If you plan to pick up a race number for someone else, you must have a copy of that person’s QR code (paper copy or on your phone).

Packet pick-up takes place at the expo at the University of Illinois Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), 201 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL, 61820. Consult the parking map to see your parking options.

The Body n Sole Health & Fitness Expo and Packet Pick-Up take place Thursday, April 23, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Friday, April 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. You can pick up your race packet (race number, race shirt, and drawstring backpack) either day.

Bring the QR code THAT WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU ON Tuesday, APRIL 21, 2020, either in print or on your phone. If you don’t have it, our race number distribution volunteers can look you up on their computers.

We have had a few requests from individuals who did not receive their QR code. Marathon Relay and Youth Runners will not be receiving a QR code and received a separate email with packet pick up info.  Please check your spam and promotions folder if you still cannot find it. Rest assured your name will work just fine at race number pick up.

You can check your confirmation at this link and print your registration.

We communicate with our entrants by e-mail. Please add “director@illinoismarathon.com and noreply@enmotive.com” to your whitelist or address book to keep our race messages out of your spam filter.

If someone else plans to pick up your race number for you, the person must have a copy of your QR code (paper copy or on your phone).

Back for 2020: We are offering LATE packet pick-up at Body n’ Sole Sports, 1317 N Dunlap Ave (Rt 45), Savoy, IL from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24,for those entrants who cannot get to the expo before it closes at 7:00 p.m. You will be able to pick up your race number(s) and goody bag(s) but not your race shirt(s). We would be happy to mail your race shirt(s) to you after race weekend, however. Please bring a check or money order for $5.00 (made payable to C-U Marathon, LLC) to late packet pick-up to cover the cost of postage.

There is no registration or packet pick-up on Saturday, April 25 of race weekend for any of our events, except for the Busey Youth Run. All race packets must be picked up by Friday, April 24. However, if something comes up and you miss the expo, please call 217/372-1444 to make special arrangements to pick up your race packet on Saturday, April 25. See question above for details on our Friday, April 24 LATE packet pick up.

Consult the parking map to see your parking options.

If you are in the marathon or half marathon, your commemorative Illinois Marathon drawstring backpack is your drop bag (no luggage or paper bags). Put inside your backpack any clothing that you want after the race. Use a safety pin to attach the gear bag check from the bottom of your race number to your bag and place it in the appropriately marked Ryder truck on the west side of the State Farm Center, north of the starting line. Gear check opens at 5:30 a.m. After your race, you can pick up your drop bag in the Great West Hall at Memorial Stadium, the same area where the postrace food is located. Bag drop/retrieval is not available for marathon relay, 10K, 5K, or youth run participants due to the short length of these events.

We do allow walkers in all of the events except the full marathon.

Headphones, earbuds, and so on are discouraged, for your safety and others around you. Runners should be alert to their surroundings and able to hear course volunteers and other runners.

We can allow strollers in the 5K Run/Walk only, and as long as you are walking and start in the last corral. Strollers will start right ahead of those walking without strollers.  If you are pushing a child in a stroller, you must WALK and not RUN. We do not allow pets in any of our events.

The marathon, half marathon, and marathon relay start at the same time. To lessen overcrowding on the course, runners start in waves based on pace. Runners are assigned to their waves based on their estimated finish times, specified during registration. Learn more on the Wave Start page

To lessen overcrowding on the 5K course, we have a wave start. When entrants register for the 5K, they will pick one of the estimated finish times below:

  • 25:00 & faster
  • 25:01 to 31:00
  • 31:01 to 37:00
  • 37:01 to 43:00
  • 43:01 & slower
  • Just to have fun
  • Walker (of any pace) + all strollers

Your corral will be printed on your bib number. The fastest runners are assigned to the first wave and occupy the first start corral. After these runners have cleared the start line, the next corral moves up to the starting line. After a predetermined interval, the second wave starts and so on.

We do self seeding into waves based on projected finish time. We have volunteers holding up projected finish times in amongst the runners, with human chains of volunteers dividing the groups by pace. Please be considerate and honest. Walkers and slower runners should position themselves toward the back. Times are based on when your chip crosses the starting line. Slow participants who put themselves ahead of faster ones create a safety hazard and slow down other racers without any benefit to themselves.

The 5K starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24,. The wheelchair half marathon starts at 7:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 25. The marathon, half marathon, and marathon relay start at 7:03 a.m. on Saturday, April 25. The 10K starts at approximately 7:40 a.m. on Saturday, April 25. The Youth Run starts at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. The cancellation date for the Youth Run is Sunday, May 3 at 3:00 pm.

There are 16 hydration stations on the course. Hydration stations will be stocked with water (all stations), Lemon-Lime Gatorade (most stations), and GU (mile 6.6, which is shortly after marathon relay exchange zone A; mile 13; mile 17; and mile 21).

All the GU stops will have Vanilla Bean, Strawberry-Banana, Salted Caramel, and Chocolate Outrage GU. All flavors of GU have caffeine except strawberry banana.

The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon is a USATF-Certified Course and a qualifying race for those people seeking a trip to the world famous Boston Marathon.

We take pride in our “excessive” use of Port-a-Potties! As such, we have located these temporary bathrooms at approximately every mile along the full and half marathon routes. The start of the race will have many port-a-potties. Please see the map of Port-a-Potties here

The time limit for traffic control on the course is a 3:30 finish time for the half marathon and a 6:00 finish time for the full marathon. If you are still on the course after the time limit, you will need to exercise caution as it pertains to automobiles, etc. We will, however, keep the finish line clock running for 7 hours from the start of the marathon.

Yes. Meet up outside the entrance to the stadium and come in together. Be courteous to marathoners who are finishing at the same time and who will probably be a lot more tired than you will be.

I-Challenge finishers (Full-I, Half-I, and Mini-i) pick up their I-Challenge medals on the field at Memorial Stadium from a specially marked table in the south end of the stadium. Bibs of I-Challengers will be coded to identify runners as I-Challenge entrants.

Meet your family after the race in the horseshoe bleachers of Memorial Stadium. Look for a large sail banner that says MEET ME ZONE. Spectators are not allowed on the field.

After the Race

We welcome your feedback on any aspect of our event. Watch for our official runner survey.

We know it is difficult to go up stairs after a long run. Unfortunately for runners, we are not allowed to have food on the turf. (It could have been worse; we could have made you go down stairs to get the food.)

If you win an age group award, it will be mailed via the US Postal Service within 6 weeks of the race. The age group awards are personalized to each winner, so they take a long time to complete.

The course was certified by the same man who certifies other marathons, including the Chicago Marathon. GPS devices are not as accurate as many runners believe. Even if you had a perfectly accurate GPS device, you should expect it to record a distance slightly longer than the official length. When you factor in the crowds and the water stops, it is nearly impossible to run the shortest possible path that the course certifier takes when measuring. In fact, if your GPS ever gives you the precise official length of the race, it is most likely that either your device is off or the course is short. GPS gadgets that sample position infrequently, on the other hand, will cut off corners and record a shorter distance than you actually ran.

Working with our photography partner (EnPhoto), digital photos will be available to all race finishers right on your personal results page and they are YOURS to keep, share, and print, to your hearts’ content! To support this race perk, $1.00 was added to the price of each paid registration.

If we have still have shirts available in the size you would like, we would be happy to send you a shirt in your requested size.  You can use this link goodie problems to make your request.

When you order as many thousands of shirts and medals as we did, you inevitably have a few slip through that should not. Tell us your goodie problems, and we’ll make it better.

If you preregistered for one of our events, but were unable to attend, we will be happy to mail your shirt to you. Please send a letter requesting your shirt and include a check in the amount of $5.15 (for shipping) to: Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, P.O. Box 262, Champaign, IL 61824.

Our 2020 race weekend is Thursday, April 23 to Saturday, April 25.

Registration for our 2020 race weekend will open around July 1, 2019.

Maybe you registered with a different e-mail address, or mistyped it. It happens! Or maybe you have a spam filter that politely asks us to answer questions in order for our e-mails to reach you. We have 20,000+ entrants, and it is not practical for us to jump through those hoops. Try adding director@illinoismarathon.com to your contact list or your spam filter’s whitelist.

The date of our event is largely out of our hands. Our fantastic hosts at the University of Illinois and the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics have numerous events taking place during the spring, and we cooperate with them in every way we can. Those U of I events include, among others, Mom’s Day and the Spring Football Game (held at Memorial Stadium, of course). The very end of April seems to be when there is an opening for us.