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Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Race Weekend

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The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon offers a beautiful, scenic tour of the University of Illinois campus, revitalized downtown streets, tree-lined residential neighborhoods, and an awesome paved park trail. Thousands of friendly and fun fans and volunteers from Champaign-Urbana line the course, exuding Midwest hospitality like you have never seen before.

You will find first-class race shirts, medals, food, and fanfare. Enjoy a spectacular finish at the 50-yard-line of the Universitys historic Memorial Stadium and attend the rocking postrace 27th-Mile Celebrate Victory Bash right outside the stadium. Live music, free beer, interactive booths, bragging rights.

From the youngest to the oldest, from the slowest to the fastest, from the youth run to the marathon, there is a race for everyone.

Join from April 23rd to 25th, 2020 for the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Race Weekend! Our mantra is making runners happy, one mile at a time.

How to enter the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Race Weekend

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    $100
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  2. Full I-Challenge (5K + Marathon)

    Run 29.3mi
    $135
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  3. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    $75
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  4. Half I-Challenge (5K+Half Marathon)

    Run 16.2mi
    $110
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  5. 10K

    Run 6.2mi
    $38
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  6. 5K

    Run 3.1mi
    $32
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  7. Mini i-Challenge (5K + 10K)

    Run 9.3mi
    $75
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  8. Youth Run

    Run 1km
    $15
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Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Race Weekend routes

Marathon and Half Marathon

The course will be closed to traffic for participants who are averaging faster than  13:45 minutes per mile for the marathon, and 16 minutes per mile for the Half Marathon. 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 to complete the Marathon.

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.

The race starts near State Farm Center, runs through campus, loops through Urbana, back through campus, out into Champaign (for Marathon entrants), and finishes on the 50-yard line of Memorial Stadium.

10K

The course starts near State Farm Center, runs north on First Street and through downtown Champaign, past West Side Park and the Champaign Country Club, and finishes on the 50-yard line of Memorial Stadium. After the wave starts for the marathon, half marathon, and marathon relay, we will line up all 10K entrants according to pace, with the fastest runners at the front, the walkers at the back, and everyone else in between.  At approximately 7:40 AM, the 10K race will begin.

5K

The race starts on Oak Street, south of St. Mary’s Road, runs through campus, and finishes on the 50-yard line of Memorial Stadium. The Illinois National Bank 4th Mile 5K StreetFest, hosted by the Illini Radio Group, will take place from 6:30 pm to 10 pm outside Memorial Stadium between First Street & Fourth Street, in the same footprint where the 27th Mile Celebrate Victory Bash will take place on Saturday!

Youth Run

The route is roughly 1K in length (slightly longer than half a mile). Each heat will start separately at the south end of the football field, make several loops north and south on the field, and then finish at the 50-yard-line.The Youth Run will be run entirely inside Memorial Stadium. The route is roughly 1K in length (slightly longer than half a mile). Each heat will start separately at the south end of the football field, make several loops north and south on the field, and then finish at the 50-yard-line.

Event Details

What’s Included

Marathon:

Marathon entrants will receive a high-quality, gender-specific long-sleeve 60/40 cotton/poly blend shirt and a drawstring backpack. Finishers get a great medal, a fleece blanket, 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).


Half Marathon:

Half Marathon entrants will receive a high-quality, gender-specific short-sleeve 60/40 cotton/poly blend shirt 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).


10K:

10K 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.)


5K:

5K 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 4th Mile on Friday. (Entrants must display their race bib to receive the beverage.)


Youth run:

Youth run entrants all get an awesome 100% cotton pre-shrunk T-shirt, a drawstring backpack, and a finisher’s medal.

Postrace food, served in the Great West Hall, includes Wisconsin Mac from Noodles & Company, delicious cookies from Einstein Bros. Bagels, chocolate milk from Prairie Farms, and other goodies.

To guarantee a shirt, you must register by April 15. Youth shirt sizes run as follows: Youth XS (2-4), Youth S (6-8), Youth M (10-12), Youth L (14-16), Youth XL (18-20).

Raceday Logistics

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Health & Fitness Expo — 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. — ARC, Gym 1
Youth Run registration —  4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. — ARC, Gym 2
Chip/number/official race guide pickup —  4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. — ARC, Gym 2
Shirt/goody bag pickup —  4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. — ARC, Gym 1

Friday, April 24, 2020

Health & Fitness Expo —  10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. — ARC, Gym 1
Youth Run registration — 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. — ARC, Gym 2
Chip/number/official race guide pick up — 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. — ARC, Gym 2
Shirt/goody bag pick up — 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. — ARC, Gym 1
Speaker Series — 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. — ARC auditorium
Pasta Feed — 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. — ARC, Gym 3
4th Mile — 6:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m. — Kirby Ave Between First & Fourth
5K National Anthem — 7:20 p.m. — Oak St, South of St. Mary’s Road
5K Run/Walk 7:30 p.m — wave start — Oak St, South of St. Mary’s Road

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Coffee/Bagel Bite Bar — 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m — First St, north of the start line
Start line line up — 6:30 a.m — First St. and St. Mary’s Rd.
National Anthem — 6:50 a.m — First St. and St. Mary’s Rd.
Wheelchair half marathon — 7:01 a.m — First St. and St. Mary’s Rd.
Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon — 7:03 a.m — wave start First St. and St. Mary’s Rd.
10K Run/Walk approx — 7:35 a.m. — First St. and St. Mary’s Rd.
Postrace food — 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Great West Hall, Memorial Stadium
Meijer 27th-Mile Celebrate Victory Bash — 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Kirby Ave between First and Fourth
Postrace Stretching Zone — 8:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. — Memorial Stadium, southeast of the finish line
Youth Run/Postrace Food — 3:00 p.m. — Memorial Stadium/Great West Hall

Kit List

Suitable running gear. Headphones are discouraged.

Spectators
    Spectators access the stadium through Door 32 on southwest side or on the east side through Door 23. Please note that entry times are longer at Door 32. Use Door 23 for speedy entry.
    No spectators are allowed on the Memorial Stadium Field. Spectators can cheer on the participants from the east or west stands or the Horseshoe stands
    Meet your family after the race in the FAMILY REUNION area in the HORSESHOE bleachers.
Volunteers

The 2020 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon will require nearly 3,000 volunteer team members for a safe, fun event for the runners. In addition to some fun in the C-U community, each team member receives a Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon t-shirt and drawstring backpack!

The General Volunteer Team consists of all non-Course Intersection jobs, including Expo and Race Day positions. Starting Tuesday of race week, we have a multitude of jobs and shift times available. Note that many volunteer teams are not listed, as they are fulfilled by organizations. Email: [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering. Training required for some positions (not all).

FAQs

Hydration Stations/Gu & Snack Stations, Sponsored by OSF HealthCare

There are 16 hydration stations on the course. Hydration stations will be stocked with water (all stations), Lemon-Lime Gatorade Endurance (most stations), and GU (at mile 6.7, which is shortly after marathon relay exchange zone A; mile 13; mile 17; and mile 21). All four GU stations will have Vanilla Bean, Strawberry-Banana, Chocolate Outrage, and Salted Caramel GU. All flavors of GU have caffeine except strawberry banana.

Fruits on the course

There is also an official oranges stop (thank you, Meijer, for the oranges) at approximately mile 6, hosted by The Atkins Group. There is also an official oranges and banana stop at mile 21.5 (thank you, County Market and Meijer).

Toilets

Relax. There will be plenty of portable toilets at the start and even more along the entire course.

How is gear check handled?

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.

Can I walk in the races?

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

What is your position on headphones?

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.

Are strollers or pets allowed on the course?

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.

Where are the port-a-potties located on the course?

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.

Other Relevant Info

Runners who complete the 5K on Friday and then the 10K, half marathon, full marathon, or marathon relay on Saturday will receive a special I-Challenge medal. This means, in all, you will receive:

  • Two shirts (5K shirt plus the 10K, half marathon, marathon, or marathon relay shirt)
  • Three medals (5K medal plus the 10K, half marathon, marathon, or marathon relay medal as well as an I-Challenge medal [different for each I-Challenge])
  • Bragging rights
  • If you want to compete in an I-Challenge, do not register for two races separately. Instead, register for two races at once by choosing one of the I-Challenges:

  • Full I-Challenge = 5K + Marathon
  • Marathon Relay I-Challenge = 5K + Marathon relay
  • Half I-Challenge = 5K + Half Marathon
  • Mini i-Challenge = 5K + 10K
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