Overall Rating
Overall Rating (12 Reviews)
4.7
(12 Ratings)(12 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
1.8
SCENERY
3
PRODUCTION
4.8
SWAG
4.6
From the friendly Midwest spirit, to the flat course, to the photo finish inside Memorial Stadium, the Illinois Marathon is a race not to be missed. Highlights include: – Flat and fast courses – A beautiful, scenic tour of revitalized downtown streets, tree-lined residential neighborhoods and awesome, paved park trails … MORE
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    hondacivic5367 FIRST-TIMER '19

    - Mostly flat until Mile 25 next to the golf course. If you are a weak hill runner plan ahead. - Reserve hotels well in advance. They will spike up … MORE

    – Mostly flat until Mile 25 next to the golf course. If you are a weak hill runner plan ahead.
    – Reserve hotels well in advance. They will spike up prices as date gets nearer. Go on Priceline.
    – Expo was great.
    – Great parking.
    – Need to put the post celebration in parking lot so there would be more room. It was packed.
    – I can see why many people rate this higher then the Chicago Marathon.
    – First half of race is very entertaining, second half gets dull with lack of entertainers, signs, etc.

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    nickiruns77 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my 3rd marathon & I would highly recommend this race to anyone. Here's why: 1) It's logistically easy. Free parking & plenty of parking for the race start … MORE

    This was my 3rd marathon & I would highly recommend this race to anyone. Here’s why:
    1) It’s logistically easy. Free parking & plenty of parking for the race start & expo. Gear check was simple & quick (they just throw it in a truck and then sort by number later). Plenty of portapotties so easy to arrive, do your pre-race business, and get to your corral without stress.
    2) You want it? They have it. Free bagels and coffee at the start. The student athletic center locker rooms are open for post-run showers and $6. A good variety of post run free food: pasta, pizza, chocolate milk, all the usuals. A free fleece blanket to marathon finishers with the metallic heat-sheets to keep you warm after finish.
    3) The course is a little boring with mostly just running through different residential neighborhoods. The race coordinated different musicians to be spread along the course to help entertain. Also, there were a lot of community support and people out cheering which helps. Lots of unofficial aid stations with extra water, pickle juice, jelly beans and more. Lots of people dressed in costumes. Very few hills and only small rollers (by Chicago standards — perfectly flat to anyone else).
    Overall, a very well organized race and great community support makes this a race I’d come back to run again.

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    basserker REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Repeat runner of this event. I ran the 5k as part of the full iChallenge, where you run the 5k on Friday night, and then either the full marathon or … MORE

    Repeat runner of this event. I ran the 5k as part of the full iChallenge, where you run the 5k on Friday night, and then either the full marathon or half marathon (which would be the half iChallenge) on Saturday morning. I was able to PR both the 5k and marathon. I tried to take it fairly easy on this course and ended up PRing. It’s a pretty flat fast course, with the first mile or so being slightly downhill, and a tiny uphill on the back part. Great turnout by runners and spectators alike!

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    basserker REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is one of my favorite races to run every year! The half marathon in 2016 was the first race I ever ran, so of course this race has a … MORE

    This is one of my favorite races to run every year! The half marathon in 2016 was the first race I ever ran, so of course this race has a very special place in my heart just for that reason alone. This year was the 3rd year I have participated in the marathon, and 3rd straight year I’ve participated in the iChallenge. The iChallenge can be done as either a half or whole challenge, and it consists of running the 5k on Friday night, and the marathon or half on Saturday.

    This race has a ton of great production value, a ton of great swag (including awesome unique medals each year, a finisher’s blanket, a heat shield, tech fit shirt, really nice drawstring shoe bag and tons of great local discounts). As an alum of Illinois, let me say that Champaign Urbana has some of the absolute greatest people I have ever met. It feels like everyone in the local neighborhoods comes out to support the race, with people setting up chairs on their lawns or driveways to cheer the runners. A lot of people even set up tables with water bottles, bananas, and orange slices for the runners (even beer!)

    For my performance, I went out strong and was able to hold it and run sub-3. This course is very fast and flat, with a few small climbs on the back-end of the race. Highly recommend this race!!!

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    [email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Listen, this is a top notch event with a ton of parking, a million volunteers and a lot of spectators that cheer you on. I’ve run this 7 out of … MORE

    Listen, this is a top notch event with a ton of parking, a million volunteers and a lot of spectators that cheer you on. I’ve run this 7 out of the last 10 years. It’s flat and fast! The updates keep you motivated and you’ll be glad you ran it.

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    ashleymtowe4 FIRST-TIMER '18

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Illinois Marathon. This race has been on my bucket list for years because it is held in the town where my dad attended college. I decided … MORE

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Illinois Marathon. This race has been on my bucket list for years because it is held in the town where my dad attended college. I decided to participate in the Full I-Challenge. The expo was very small but that’s not a priority of mine. The race directors were very communicative and I received weekly emails as the race got close. The shirts and medals were definitely one of my favorites. The course overall was mostly flat. The weather was almost perfect except for the breezy wind that increased as I hit the half way point of my marathon. The volunteers and spectators along the course were awesome and provided great support along the way. I was excited to get two PR’s this weekend and with the flat course it is easy to do. I wish this race wasn’t so far away from my hometown or I would run this one every year!

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    runnercupcake FIRST-TIMER '18

    Medals were great along with the I-Challenge medal (5K+Half; 5K+Full; 5K+10K). Same with the 5K, race ended at Memorial Stadium. It was neat to watch yourself coming across the finish … MORE

    Medals were great along with the I-Challenge medal (5K+Half; 5K+Full; 5K+10K). Same with the 5K, race ended at Memorial Stadium. It was neat to watch yourself coming across the finish line on the big screen. The cheer squad around the course was great! On-course music was nice to hear every 2 or 3 miles which made the race go a little faster 🙂

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    runnercupcake FIRST-TIMER '18

    Crowd throughout downtown Champaign was amazing. It was never quiet, music was not needed lol. Wished the corrals were bigger as they squeezed 5000+ runner on a somewhat wide street. … MORE

    Crowd throughout downtown Champaign was amazing. It was never quiet, music was not needed lol. Wished the corrals were bigger as they squeezed 5000+ runner on a somewhat wide street. Corral A probably could be split into two (Corral A was estimated finish time 25:00 or less) and it was quite packed even 30 minutes prior to race starting. I made a mad dash once the buzzer went off to get out of the crowd. Finish line was awesome; we finished at Memorial Stadium Football Field, University of Illinois.

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    RunDavid REPEAT RUNNER '15

    FLAT, FLAT, FLAT. Nice early in the year course to start with. Pre-race Expo is well organized with plenty of volunteers to assist. Many locals line course to cheer you … MORE

    FLAT, FLAT, FLAT. Nice early in the year course to start with. Pre-race Expo is well organized with plenty of volunteers to assist. Many locals line course to cheer you on.

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    RunDavid REPEAT RUNNER '15

    Nice warm up race prior to either the 10K, Half, or full Marathon the following day. Well organized and nice flat course. Race corrals for 5K, Half, and full Marathon. MORE

    Nice warm up race prior to either the 10K, Half, or full Marathon the following day. Well organized and nice flat course. Race corrals for 5K, Half, and full Marathon.

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    olsonm73 FIRST-TIMER '15

    Despite the horrible Wx, this event really was well put together and supported. The race course was evacuated due to severe wx after I crossed (25 lightning strikes...). It was … MORE

    Despite the horrible Wx, this event really was well put together and supported. The race course was evacuated due to severe wx after I crossed (25 lightning strikes…). It was cold, windy, and wet for an unforgettable experience and yet it was supported by plenty of voluntters (hydration/gu/portapotties…etc). Plenty of bands playing in semi-covered shelters… for a great race experience. I recommend it to others and will run it again.

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    2tallfritz FIRST-TIMER '14

    Well established marathon. Good location. Some spectators. Great first half but then it gets a "little" lonely in the back half. Flat for the most part. MORE

    Well established marathon. Good location. Some spectators. Great first half but then it gets a “little” lonely in the back half. Flat for the most part.

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