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Race Dates

2018: Saturday, April 28, 2018
2017: Saturday, April 22, 2017

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

2017: 1,215 Finishers
2016: 1,450 Finishers
2015: 1,052 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 6.9%
2016: 11.6%
2015: 15%

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 87th largest in 2015.

This year 6.9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 11.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Illinois Marathon the 154th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 206th highest percentage so far in 2017.


Its Course Score of 99.08 ranks it as the 182nd 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 126th 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)

Illinois




Recent Illinois Marathon Reviews

4.5 Stars from 2 Reviews
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review of 2017 Illinois Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Good course and good support

Race Tips


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




review of 2013 Illinois Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

Review

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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