Overall Rating
Overall Rating (8 Reviews)
3.6
(8 Ratings)  (8 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.8
SCENERY
3
PRODUCTION
3.9
SWAG
3.4
Run America’s Longest Main Street. USATF-certified course along a portion of America’s longest Main Street in historic Belleville, IL, near downtown St. Louis. Boston Marathon-qualifying race that offers an affordable registration fee, tremendous hometown course support from enthusiastic volunteers, and all the swag and amenities of a big city race … MORE
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    Joerobe REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Overall Rating: Good run on a nice day. Course Difficulty: The course changed from previous years due to covid restrictions imposed by the city, so it was a more challenging … MORE

    Overall Rating: Good run on a nice day.

    Course Difficulty: The course changed from previous years due to covid restrictions imposed by the city, so it was a more challenging course, particularly on the hilly second half. All but about 2 miles of the course was run on the Metro rail trail which runs alongside the public rail system, and 100% paved.

    Course Scenery: Not great, it was really just the backside of buildings, rail lines, and a local college campus’ parking lots, but it was fine. The one reprieve was a nice wooded shady area that went for 5 or 6 miles.

    Race Production: Good. Packet pickup was easy, the aid stations were as expected, and there were plenty of volunteers.

    Race Swag: This one is a little odd. The quality of the shirt and medal were good, I just didn’t (still don’t understand what they are). Maybe because I’m not from the community, or its an inside kind of knowledge…but I don’t get it.

    My Performance: Surprisingly good, much in part to the weather I suspect.

    Final notes: Didn’t think this race was going to happen, but the team was able to pull it off. Really happy about that.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    3

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    stephaniedperry Apr 07, 2022 at 11:35am

    Hi! I am on the race committee and I wanted you to know the meaning of the medals. It is the Flag of the City of Belleville! We hope to… MORE

    Hi! I am on the race committee and I wanted you to know the meaning of the medals. It is the Flag of the City of Belleville! We hope to see you again in 2022! LESS

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    Joerobe Apr 07, 2022 at 1:01pm

    Ah, thought it was probably something like that. Thanks for letting me know. If all goes as planned, I look forward to keeping the streak going this fall. Take care!

    Ah, thought it was probably something like that. Thanks for letting me know. If all goes as planned, I look forward to keeping the streak going this fall. Take care!

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    Joerobe REPEAT RUNNER '20

    Virtual run with my wife to support the RD and Belleville Main Street team during the COVID downturn. Nice to be able to run a marathon with Debbie! MORE

    Virtual run with my wife to support the RD and Belleville Main Street team during the COVID downturn. Nice to be able to run a marathon with Debbie!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    Joerobe REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Overall Rating: Excellent. Good. Course Difficulty: Just enough uphill and downhill to keep it interesting. Course Scenery: Nice city main street and tour of local neighborhoods. Race Production: Really good. … MORE

    Overall Rating: Excellent. Good.

    Course Difficulty: Just enough uphill and downhill to keep it interesting.

    Course Scenery: Nice city main street and tour of local neighborhoods.

    Race Production: Really good. Aid stations had water, electrolytes, and fruit, plenty of restrooms, lots of course marshals and local PD to give direction.

    Race Swag: Gloves for the streakers this year, good race medal and ultra soft tee.

    My Performance: Was shooting for 5hrs and got 4:58…so slow, but predictable.

    Just a straightforward, good run. No issues and no surprises. This is a marathon only, so no other races to cause any kind of confusion.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    Joerobe REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Overall Rating: Very good. Course Difficulty: Easy. A few rolling hills, but overall very easy. There is one section (about 6 miles) that is really long, hot, and lonely...you'll just … MORE

    Overall Rating: Very good.

    Course Difficulty: Easy. A few rolling hills, but overall very easy. There is one section (about 6 miles) that is really long, hot, and lonely…you’ll just have to struggle through it; otherwise a super easy run.

    Course Scenery: As expected, a foot tour of Belleville, IL. Better than inner city industrial parks, not as good as the mountains of Colorado.

    Race Production: Outstanding. Race day packet pickup was a breeze, race started on time, all aid stations were exactly as advertised, and post race food was excellent.

    Race Swag: Medal was much better this year, and long sleeve shirt was a great color and design.

    My Performance: I struggled for the first 7 miles, my legs just haven’t ever recovered from the New England races this summer, after that I probably ran the fastest 10 miles I’ve ever done, and then I hit a wall at mile 18 that just wouldn’t let go. It was ok, I would have liked a PR, but wasn’t willing to get injured to get it.

    Final notes: I plan to run this race every year. It is a close race for me, and I definitely want to support the hometown races. Enjoy seeing it get better and better. Hats off to the Belleville Running Club and Toolen’s Running Start.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    M_Sohaskey Oct 02, 2018 at 5:06pm

    Well done despite the lethargic legs, Keith! Smart move too, not pushing for a PR that may have cost you more than it's worth. Hopefully with another month off now… MORE

    Well done despite the lethargic legs, Keith! Smart move too, not pushing for a PR that may have cost you more than it's worth. Hopefully with another month off now the legs can recover properly and shake off New England, since they've still got some good times ahead of them in 2018. Congrats and thanks for another excellent review! LESS

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    danotrapp FIRST-TIMER '17

    What a wonderful event! And I think what's most impressive is that they do it all at a crazy inexpensive price ($65). The fact that it was a marathon ONLY … MORE

    What a wonderful event! And I think what’s most impressive is that they do it all at a crazy inexpensive price ($65). The fact that it was a marathon ONLY event makes all the difference. It was so nice to have all of the emphasis on the marathon and not the half. The volunteers were exceptional. The course was just right with a few small hills, but nothing terrible. And the finish line spread was impressive with bbq by Beast Craft BBQ.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    KimberlyR REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Course is mostly flat, very fast course & will have tons of community support. Run down one of America’s longest main streets & through beautiful neighborhoods where groups compete to … MORE

    Course is mostly flat, very fast course & will have tons of community support. Run down one of America’s longest main streets & through beautiful neighborhoods where groups compete to have the best cheering section! It’s well-organized & very well-supported! Plus, you’ll find amazing good & a free shower at the finish line! Great value for your money!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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    Joerobe REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Overall Rating: Excellent. No issues whatsoever. Killer BBQ at the end. Course Difficulty: A few hills, but overall flat and fast. Course Scenery: Enough historic scenery to keep from getting … MORE

    Overall Rating: Excellent. No issues whatsoever. Killer BBQ at the end.

    Course Difficulty: A few hills, but overall flat and fast.

    Course Scenery: Enough historic scenery to keep from getting bored.

    Race Production: Perfect. Great aid stations, plenty of restrooms, lots of course marshals and local PD to give direction.

    Race Swag: Didn’t like this years medal as well, but still good quality stuff. Also got socks, sunglasses, and shirt…

    My Performance: Almost a PR, just couldn’t get my lazy rear in gear…

    This was my first repeat race, and my home marathon (2 hrs away), so…excellent!!! Oh, and I got to sleep in my own bed the night before…even better!

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    dalebassplayer Jul 05, 2018 at 6:20am

    Nice report! I grew up in Waterloo and will be running this race this year. It will be day one of a double race weekend with Mother Road (ending) in… MORE

    Nice report! I grew up in Waterloo and will be running this race this year. It will be day one of a double race weekend with Mother Road (ending) in Joplin, MO the next day. LESS

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    Joerobe Jul 05, 2018 at 6:24am

    I did that last year, and it was a great combo. I'll be at Belleville this year, but not sure about the Mother Road yet. The food at the finish… MORE

    I did that last year, and it was a great combo. I'll be at Belleville this year, but not sure about the Mother Road yet. The food at the finish at Belleville is a great send off for Joplin. See you there! LESS

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    Joerobe FIRST-TIMER '16

    -Aid stations plentiful and well stocked -Neighborhoods along course were full of encouraging spectators -Hot (typical for Southern Illinois in September) -Good run with relatively small crowd to get Illinois … MORE

    -Aid stations plentiful and well stocked
    -Neighborhoods along course were full of encouraging spectators
    -Hot (typical for Southern Illinois in September)
    -Good run with relatively small crowd to get Illinois checked off the list
    -Swag was good, particularly for their first attempt

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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