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Wheelchair Half MARATHON

The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon has a racing chair division for the half marathon.

7:01 AM




Department of Rehabilitation Services will host all of the wheelchair athletes on race day. This will be the official staging area and athletes can meet here from 6:00 to 6:30 am for hospitality and final instructions. The wheelchair athletes will have one start, at 7:01 AM.

Awards will be presented to the first-place male and female wheelchair half marathon finishers.


The race 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 IL20002DT). Our 2020 USATF sanction number is TBD.



Prices go up as race day gets closer. Registration closes at NOON on April 22, 2020.

07/15/19 $65
08/15/19 $70
10/31/19 $75
01/15/20 $80
2/29/20 $85
03/31/20 $90
after 04/01/20 through Expo $95



All participants must pick up their packets (race number, goody bag, and race shirt) no later than Friday, April 24, at 7 pm during the Health & Fitness Expo at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). The expo is open Thursday, April 23, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, April 24, 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 21, 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 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 9:30 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.



Half Marathon entrants will receive a high-quality, gender-specific short-sleeve 60/40 cotton/poly blend shirt (Leslie Jordan brand) and a drawstring backpack. Finishers get a great medal, a commemorative heatsheet, 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).


Gender-specific, Leslie Jordan brand, short sleeves. 60/40 cotton/poly blend, this lightweight fabric looks and feels like soft cotton. Sizes XS (women only), S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL (men only). Men’s shirt is crew neck; women’s shirt is V-neck. The men’s marathon shirt color is TBD, and the women’s marathon shirt color is TBD.


Racing wheelchairs shall be defined as a customized performance chair. USATF rules will be enforced. For additional rules view the following:

Further, the race will abide by the rules and policies of the recognized governing bodies of the sports of wheelchair racing, which do not allow the use of mechanical gears found on handbikes. For additional information contact: Wheelchair Sports USA and the International Paralympic Committee.
For more information about the wheelchair half marathon, please contact Adam Bleakney