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Alternative Races for Runners Not Able to Finish Illinois Marathon

Weather has caused the cancellation of yet another marathon.  This time the Illinois Marathon was forced to shut down three hours and fifteen minutes after the start of the marathon due to severe lightning.  Runners were stopped and buses were sent to pick up runners still on the course.

Photographer: Heather Coit A Champaign police officer breaks the news to marathoner, Tara Worsham, of Decatur, that the course is closed because of incoming storms, during Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon near John Street and Crescent Drive in Champaign on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

Upcoming Marathons Close to Champaign, IL

Here is a list of some marathons relatively close to Champaign with registration still open for those unable to finish are:

Chicagoland Marathon – 5/17 (133 miles from Champaign)
Sunburst Marathon – 6/6 (151 miles)
Rockford Marathon -5/31 (155 miles)
Wisconsin Marathon – 5/2 (172 miles)
Kalamazoo Marathon – 5/3 (207 miles)
Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon – 5/3 (211 miles)


As per our policy, any runners who purchased a Pace Band from us and were unable to finish their marathon, receive a free Pace Band for their next race.

The Wineglass Marathon: Winner of the 2015 Marathon March Madness

After three weeks of head-to-head match ups and over 100,000 votes cast, the Wineglass Marathon emerged as the champion of the 2015 Marathon March Madness Tournament.

The Wineglass Marathon survived a last day push by the Grandma’s Marathon to win with 34% of the Final Four voting.

The results of the voting for the Final Four are below.

Final Four

Wineglass Marathon (34%)
Grandma’s Marathon (28%)
Big Sur International Marathon (21%)
Boston Marathon (17%)

Thanks to everyone who voted during the tournament.

Marathon March Madness: Final Four is Set

The Final Four is set for the Marathon March Madness Tournament with the Boston Marathon , Wineglass Marathon, Big Sur International Marathon , and Grandma’s Marathon vying for the 2015 Marathon March Madness Tournament crown.

Vote Here!

The voting for the Final Four starts today and will conclude at 11:59pm Eastern on Friday.

Elite Eight Wrap-up

In a huge upset in the East Region, the Wineglass Marathon defeated the number one seed, New York City Marathon 70%-30%.

The Boston Marathon continued its dominance of the South Region by handily defeating the San Francisco Marathon 72%-28%.

In the Midwest Region, Grandma’s Marathon, fresh off a close match up with fellow Minnesota marathon Twin Cities, defeated the Chicago Marathon.

The West Region saw the Big Sur International Marathon winning in a close match up over the Eugene Marathon.

Elite Eight Results

Wineglass Marathon (70%)
New York City Marathon (30%)

Boston Marathon (72%)
San Francisco Marathon (28%)

Grandma’s Marathon (64%)
Chicago Marathon (36%)

Big Sur International Marathon (53%)
Eugene Marathon (47%)

Cowtown Marathon Alternatives

Mother Nature has struck again.  Last week the Central Park and Hyannis Marathons were cancelled due to the weather or course conditions.  Today Cowtown Marathon officials announced that the Cowtown Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, March 1st, was going to be cancelled due to the course conditions.

We all know the months of preparation and planning that goes into a single 26.2 mile race.  Fortunately, there are lots of other options out there to put that hard earned fitness to the test.

Below are some races in the next few weeks that are relatively close to Ft. Worth.  You can also use our Search By Location tool or Calendar to find other alternative races.

All races below are certified courses and registration is still open.

Site Update Continues & A Look Toward March

Thank you for your patience as the site is upgraded to be more mobile and tablet friendly.  The update is about 75% complete with most of the primary pages having been converted.

Also, as we move closer to Spring, March appears to be an even bigger month for marathon participation than last year.  Currently, there are 73 marathons scheduled with five inaugural marathons on the calendar.

If you are looking for something new, the inaugural additions are:

Montgomery Marathon, Montgomery, AL (3/14)
Newport News One City Marathon, Newport News, VA (3/15)
Savin Rocks Marathon, West Haven, CT (3/21)
Emerald Isle Marathon, Emerald Isle, NC (3/28)
Running the Shoals Marathon, Muscle Shoals, AL (3/28)

Fastest Marathons in 2014

Below is our annual list of the fastest marathons in the United States and Canada for 2014.  Seven of the races also appeared on last year’s list along with three newcomers. New marathons to the list include two races in the Revel series – Canyon City Marathon and Big Cottonwood Marathon – in addition to the Tunnel Lite Marathon.

What makes a marathon fast or slow?  We’ve developed an algorithm (Personal Record Score) to measure the relative speed of a marathon course based on several factors based on peer reviewed research as well as our own analysis of hundreds of marathon courses. You can read more about how the algorithm is derived here.

Find out more about each marathon by clicking on the race link.

Race Personal Record Score Boston Qualifiers
Median Finish Time
Canyon City Marathon
Azusa, CA
110.80 22.4% 4:10:27
Peak to Creek Marathon*
Morganton, NC
106.04 26.9% 3:51:55
Leavenworth Marathon*
Leavenworth, WA
102.80 14.4% 4:18:38
Tunnel Lite Marathon
North Bend, WA
102.53 26.8% 3:59:10
Pocono Mountain Run for the Red Marathon*
Stroudsburg, PA
102.43 29.1% 3:53:35
St. George Marathon*
St. George, UT
101.81 16.8% 4:12:53
Winthrop Marathon*
Winthrop, WA
101.57 12.1% 4:30:25
Steamtown Marathon*
Scranton, PA
101.22 19.3% 4:02:16
Big Cottonwood Marathon
Cottonwood, UT
100.83 19.4% 4:08:55
Tucson Marathon*
Tucson, AZ
100.73 14.8% 4:16:50

* Included in Fastest Marathons in 2013