Overall Rating
Overall Rating (8 Reviews)
4.6
(8 Ratings)(8 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
1.6
SCENERY
3.3
PRODUCTION
4.6
SWAG
4.5
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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    [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.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5
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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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    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5
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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 🙂

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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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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    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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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.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    4

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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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    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    4

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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.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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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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    4
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