Overall Rating
Overall Rating (11 Reviews)
4.6
(11 Ratings)  (11 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.7
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
4.6
SWAG
4.1
Join us on the first Saturday of April as runners from many states and countries take in Abraham Lincoln sites during this scenic half marathon. This USATF certified course will immerse you in Lincoln history unlike any other race!   ​The race starts and finishes at the Old State Capitol where Lincoln gave his … MORE
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    archi82cib REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Third time running this race. There are some hills in the end but a good overall course. It can be chilly at the start. I think it was 41⁰ and … MORE

    Third time running this race. There are some hills in the end but a good overall course. It can be chilly at the start. I think it was 41⁰ and windy this last year. Great support. The changed up the finisher medal. It was a lincoln penny for years.

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    3
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    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    Sunnynflorida FIRST-TIMER '22

    Didn't expect it to be 37 degrees with a wind chill lower, but we survibed! Great small city, very quiet. Picked this race for our Illinois state and so glad … MORE

    Didn’t expect it to be 37 degrees with a wind chill lower, but we survibed! Great small city, very quiet. Picked this race for our Illinois state and so glad we did! Being from Florida, nit used to the hills, but the beauty was amazing. Great race communication, discount hotels. Expo was great I thought, lots vendors, very organized, everyone was in a good mood happy. Started on time, and the immense amount of support from the city if Springfield and the locals was incredible. It was better then a Rock N Roll Race, they were everywhere supporting the runners start to finish. Super nice long sleeve shirts, kick ass medals, lots of snacks at the end. They had these foil wrap warmers at the finish line, suppossedly you put them around you and it keeps you warm, well I wanted to fit in, so I used it and it worked, lol. The brewery after gave us a free beer which was nice. Next time I would tale a Baileys and hot chocolate, haha. We shopped at local bookstores and gift shops all within walking distance after the race. The race bag had a couple little things in it, nothing crazy. They did have a table selling ALL past race shirts for $2 and hats. So we left with a bag full!

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    3
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    4
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    5
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    Tobycarrig FIRST-TIMER '19

    Extremely well-organized with a great finisher's medal for the 55th annual running. I chose this race over several other regional options that weekend in part because of the cool medal … MORE

    Extremely well-organized with a great finisher’s medal for the 55th annual running.
    I chose this race over several other regional options that weekend in part because of the cool medal and the atmosphere (medium-sized with plenty of community support; a good-sized field to have company on the run yet not too crowded).
    The course is what they say: flat first half, some gradual and rolling hills in the second half before flattening out again in the final mile. It is scenic for those into that, running past Lincoln’s home, the state capitol, Lincoln’s tomb and two nice parks.
    I caught just the end of the pre-race expo to pick up my packet and a nice quarter-zip tech pullover top. The race info booth was very helpful. While there was not a course elevation map, she explained the hills accurately. The biggest climb seems to be just after the water station at 7.75 miles but three others follow in the cemetery and park.
    A Lincoln impersonator speaks before the muskets signal the race start. There were pace runners. Plenty of aid stations and enthusiastic supporters all along the course. Very good community support.
    The race is chip timed with a split at the 10k mark, just before the first of the hills.
    Lincoln was on hand at the finish and for photo opportunities as well.
    Good post-race atmosphere at the Old Capitol with a live band, doughnuts, one free beer, much more.
    Dined the night before at Saputo and stayed at Wyndham. Everything was within walking distance.
    I’m not one for race pictures but the photographers were at various spots on the course and a good array of photos were available for purchase.

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    My first half marathon and I thought I couldn't have made a better decision to run this race as my first. Very well mapped out course with plenty of scenic … MORE

    My first half marathon and I thought I couldn’t have made a better decision to run this race as my first. Very well mapped out course with plenty of scenic stops along the way. The race was very well organized, let’s just say it just flowed from start to finish! I can get pretty comfortable running this race every year, new to the Springfield area and gave me a new appreciation for the city! Definitely recommended for anyone looking for a race in the Midwest at the top of Spring! We had some lovely weather =)

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    5
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    m_hammond3596 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Amazing race with tons of great views and attractions along the course. Plenty of course workers providing a lot of support along with drinks and GUs throughout the race. Plus … MORE

    Amazing race with tons of great views and attractions along the course. Plenty of course workers providing a lot of support along with drinks and GUs throughout the race. Plus the finisher medals are sweet!

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    5

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    dtapp86 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This half marathon takes you through history where you can see many important Abraham Lincoln sites. It’s a relatively flat course and very scenic. There are 3-4 difficult hills in … MORE

    This half marathon takes you through history where you can see many important Abraham Lincoln sites. It’s a relatively flat course and very scenic. There are 3-4 difficult hills in the race, but there is a lot of volunteer and spectator support to get you through them! This was my first half marathon, and I would definitely do it again!

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    3
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    5
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    5
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    maulen45 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    My favorite half marathon! Scenic and relatively small, but still decent crowd support. Lots of Lincoln sites including his law office, house he owned, and his tomb. Historic race. Abe … MORE

    My favorite half marathon! Scenic and relatively small, but still decent crowd support. Lots of Lincoln sites including his law office, house he owned, and his tomb. Historic race. Abe Lincoln and Mary Todd also make an appearance.

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    gogirl001us REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Loved the Penny Medal. Loved running past Abe Lincoln's tomb, just wish there wasn't a hill associated with seeing it! Wish that the long sleeve shirts would have fit a … MORE

    Loved the Penny Medal. Loved running past Abe Lincoln’s tomb, just wish there wasn’t a hill associated with seeing it! Wish that the long sleeve shirts would have fit a bit better. I ordered a woman’s medium – which is what I ALWAYS order – and the sleeves are SO short its ridiculous!

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    malexa15 FIRST-TIMER '16

    I had a great experience and it was my first half marathon. The course was good (a few hills, but nothing too bad until mile 11). And the finish area … MORE

    I had a great experience and it was my first half marathon. The course was good (a few hills, but nothing too bad until mile 11). And the finish area had lots of food and drinks.

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    5
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    4
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    4

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    d.dencklau FIRST-TIMER '15

    I should note that I am a total Lincoln fan and history buff. I loved all the Lincoln touches this race gave. Pros: -Small-ish, well organized (Clearly a lot of … MORE

    I should note that I am a total Lincoln fan and history buff. I loved all the Lincoln touches this race gave.

    Pros:
    -Small-ish, well organized (Clearly a lot of thought goes into it, several nice, small touches), GREAT volunteers (Except the guy who told me it was the last hill, it wasn’t)
    -Great medal
    -Nice course, even past the Lincoln sites, there was enough variety to keep me interested

    Cons:
    -Hillier than expected (note: none are terrible, but I’m a flatlander who took the course description at it’s word)
    -Shirt wasn’t great in 2015

    Bottom Line: I’d totally run this again. It really hit all my sweet spots: small, well organized, friendly, good volunteers.

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    runbullardsrun FIRST-TIMER '15

    For more details about race shirts, finisher medals, post-race party, accommodations, places to eat, and photos of it all, visit https://www.serialrunner.com/half-marathon-race-recaps/lincoln-presidential-half-marathon. MORE

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