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Illinois Marathon

Champaign-Urbana, IL

Race Dates

2016: Saturday, April 30, 2016
2015: Saturday, April 25, 2015

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 56°F (13°C)
Average High: 67°F (19°C)
Average Low: 45° F (7°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.08
Course Score: 99.08

Race Size

2015: 1,052 Finishers
2014: 1,682 Finishers
2013: 1,821 Finishers

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Illinois Marathon course is mostly flat and can be a great course for a PR if the weather is cooler than normal on race day.

The course starts near Assembly Hall, runs through the Illinois campus, loops through Urbana, back through campus, out into Champaign, and finishes on the 50-yard line of Memorial Stadium.

Marathon Rankings

The Illinois Marathon was the 62nd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 57th largest in 2013.

Last year 7.2% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon.

It ranked 297th in the U.S. in the percentage of finishers achieving Boston Marathon qualifying times in 2014.

Its Course Score of 99.08 ranks it as the 153rd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 6th fastest course in Illinois.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Illinois Marathon a PR Score of 99.08. This PR Score ranks it as the 110th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 4th fastest in Illinois.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 793 feet (241m)
Min Elevation: 707 feet (215m)


Ratings & Reviews:

EMR's review of 2013 race.   


Super flat course if that's what you're looking for. Excellent fan support. Good sized expo and I got to meet Katherine Switzer! Finishing on the Illini football field is fun. Using the U 0f Illinois campus for expo and race start made parking (free) a breeze. Some bad road conditions especially in the campus and the course while pleasant isn't scenic.

Race Tips

The course is very flat. A runner should be able to settle into a consistent pace and if the weather cooperate (it did in 2013) a PR can be accomplished here. Plenty of aid stations and 4 gel stops. Every water stop was organized differently unfortunately. Uniformity is so important late in a race when fatigue sets in.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I camped so I can\'t comment on host hotels but I did take advantage of the shower option after the race in the University recreation center and that was excellent. Plenty of free parking on the stadium parking lots.

Finish Time Equivalent

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