Illinois Marathon

Champaign-Urbana, IL

Race Dates

2015: Saturday, April 25, 2015
2014: Saturday, April 26, 2014

Course Information

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

Miscellaneous Information

Early Entry Fee: $80
Pace Groups?: Yes


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.17
Course Score: 99.17

Race Day Weather

Mean Temperature: 56°F (13°C)
Average High: 67°F (19°C)
Average Low: 45° F (7°C)
Historical Weather

Race Size

2014: 1,682 Finishers

2013: 1,821 Finishers

2012: 1,891 Finishers

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Elevation Chart

Maximum Elevation: 790 feet

Minimum Elevation: 705 feet

Course Description

The 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.

Runner 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.