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Marathon Relay





The Marathon Relay? Yep….the marathon can be a team sport! Gather three of your friends, co-workers, etc. and take a chance on 26.2 miles divided by 4! A ton of fun, this is a great bonding experience with the potential for some good bragging rights!

We are using a wave start. Relay teams should be in the wave that corresponds to their expected total finishing time.

The course will be closed to traffic for participants who are averaging faster than 16 minutes per mile. Slower participants may continue after traffic is allowed onto the race course, but they do so at their own risk and must follow pedestrian statutes. Race volunteers, the finish line, and post-race festivities will remain active long enough to accommodate runners taking up to 7 hours.

Read the Relay Info Sheet before race day.



The relay covers the same course as the full marathon. It starts near State Farm Center, runs through campus, loops through Urbana, back through campus, out into Champaign, and finishes on the 50-yard line of Memorial Stadium.

The course is USATF-certified (Certificate number IL20003DT). Our 2021 USATF sanction number is TBD.



Prices go up as race day gets closer. Registration opens on July 4 and closes at NOON on April 28, 2021.

07/15/20 $120 per team
10/31/20 $140 per team
01/15/21 $160 per team
02/28/21 $180 per team
03/31/21 $200 per team
04/01/21 through Expo $220 per team

Registration for 2021 is currently paused.


All participants must pick up their packets (race number, goody bag, and race shirt) no later than Friday, April 30, 2021, at 7 pm during the Health & Fitness Expo at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). The expo is open Thursday, April 29, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, April 30, 2021, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Contact the race hotline (217-372-1444) if your travel plans prevent you from picking up your race packet (race number, goody bag, and race shirt).

Dynamic bib assigning: We are using cutting-edge, dynamic bib assigning, which speeds up our race number pickup process quite a bit. On Tuesday, April 27, we will email each entrant a unique QR code. 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).

The address of the ARC is 201 E. Peabody, Champaign, IL. (See Google’s map.) For parking, see our parking map.

If you can’t get to the expo, you can have someone else pick up your number for you as long as that person has a copy (paper or electronic) of the QR code we emailed you.


Back for 2021: 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 9:30 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021, 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.

One person from each team should pick up the packet for the whole team.


Relay entrants will receive a Bella + Canvas-brand short-sleeve unisex jersey tee and a drawstring backpack. Finishers get a great medal, food and drink after the race, and one beverage at the 27th-Mile Celebrate Victory Bash on Saturday. (Entrants must display their race bib to receive the beverage.)


Bella + Canvas-brand short-sleeve unisex jersey tee, made of airlume combed and ringspun cotton/polyester. The relay shirt will feel oh so soft!! Note: the 2021 relay shirt will run smaller than the ALO brand shirts we had in 2019. Select your shirt size with this fact in mind. The shirt comes in adult sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL and XXXL and youth sizes S, M, and L. The relay shirt color is TBD. See Shirt sizing chart

Note: Marathon relay entrants who deferred from our cancelled 2020 race weekend to 2021 will receive a one-of-a-kind shirt that features the 2020 shirt design on the front and a unique 2021 design on the back. The relay shirt color for these entrants is heather columbia blue.


There are four categories: male, female, mixed 2 & 2, mixed 3 & 1.


Exchange Zone A: Just east of Meijer grocery store on Amber Lane. Parking will be in the east parking side of Meijer’s. Approximately 6.5 miles.

Exchange Zone B: On Logan Street, before turning onto Neil Street, approximately 13.5 miles from the start. Parking is north of the old train station off of Chestnut Street.

Exchange Zone C: At Robeson Park on Duncan Avenue after coming out of Stoneybrook Drive. Approximately 20.3 miles from the start. Parking is at Robeson Crossing on the northeast corner, at the intersection of Windsor and Duncan.

Each runner will run their leg individually, handing off an ankle band with a timing chip to the next runner.

Transportation to and from the exchange zones is the responsibility of each relay team. See the Relay Info Sheet for the best routes to approach your exchange zones. There will be ample parking near those zones.

Approximate leg lengths, 1 through 4, respectively: 6.7, 6.9, 6.9, 5.7.


There will be first, second, and third place awards given to each member of each team in the divisions listed above. Relay awards are based on chip time.