Frequently Asked Questions

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Registration and Packet Pickup

How do I find out what my bib number is for packet pick up?

On or about April 21, we will send an email to all registered runners with a link to the bib look-up page. You enter your information and learn your bib number. If you forget or lose this number, we will have computers in the bib pick up area of the expo where you can get the information again.

Where is packet pick-up located? Where can I park?

Packet pick-up takes place at the expo at the University of Illinois Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), 201 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL, 61820. Consult the parking map to see your parking options.

What are the Expo / Packet Pickup hours?

The Body n’ Sole / Marathon & Beyond Health Expo (presented by Great Harvest Bread) and Packet Pick-up take place Thursday, April 28, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can pick up your race packet either day.

Can someone else pick up my packet for me?

Yes. All this person needs is your bib number, which you can look up online ahead of time.

Can I pick up my packet or register on April 30?

There is no registration or packet pick-up on April 30 for any of our events, except for the Busey Youth Run. All race packets must be picked up by 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29. However, if something comes up and you miss the expo, please call 217-369-8553 to make special arrangements to pick up your race packet on April 30.

Can entrants make changes to their own registration?

Yes, this is possible and easy with our new online registration partner, imATHLETE. Watch for these instructions to be added to the FAQ soon.

Race Day

Where is the best place to park on race day?

Consult the parking map to see your parking options.

How is gear check handled?

If you are in the marathon or half marathon, your commemorative Illinois Marathon drawstring backpack is your drop bag (no luggage or paper bags). Put inside your backpack any clothing that you want after the race. Use a safety pin to attach the gear bag check from the bottom of your race number to your bag and place it in the appropriately marked FedEx truck on the west side of the State Farm Center, north of the starting line. Gear check opens at 5:30 a.m. After your race, you can pick up your drop bag in the Great West Hall at Memorial Stadium, the same area where the postrace food is located. Bag drop/retrieval is not available for marathon relay, 10K, 5K, or youth run participants due to the short length of these events.

Can I walk in the races?

We do allow walkers in all of the events except the full marathon.

What is your position on headphones?

Headphones, earbuds, and so on are discouraged, for your safety and others around you. Runners should be alert to their surroundings and able to hear course volunteers and other runners.

Are strollers or pets allowed on the course?

We can allow strollers in the 5K Run/Walk only, and as long as you are walking. We require that those participants with such equipment line up at the back of the starting corral to ensure the safety of all participants. We do not allow pets in any of our events.

How is the marathon, half marathon, and relay start organized?

The marathon, half marathon, and marathon relay start at the same time. To lessen overcrowding on the course, runners start in waves based on pace. Runners are assigned to their waves based on their estimated finish times, specified during registration. Learn more on the Wave Start

How is the 5k start organized?

To lessen overcrowding on the 5K course, we have a wave start. When entrants register for the 5K, they will pick one of the estimated finish times below:

  • 25:00 & faster
  • 25:01 to 31:00
  • 31:01 to 37:00
  • 37:01 to 43:00
  • 43:01 & slower
  • Just to have fun
  • Walker (of any pace)
Your corral will be printed on your bib number. The fastest runners are assigned to the first wave and occupy the first start corral. After these runners have cleared the start line, the next corral moves up to the starting line. After a predetermined interval, the second wave starts and so on.

How is the 10k start organized?

We do self seeding into waves based on projected finish time. We have volunteers holding up projected finish times in amongst the runners, with human chains of volunteers dividing the groups by pace. Please be considerate and honest. Walkers and slower runners should position themselves toward the back. Times are based on when your chip crosses the starting line. Slow participants who put themselves ahead of faster ones create a safety hazard and slow down other racers without any benefit to themselves.

Will there be pacers for both the half and the full marathon?

Yes. For more information, see the pace teams information page.

What are the start times for the race?

The 5K starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29. The marathon, half marathon, and marathon relay start at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, with the wheelchairs starting at 6:59 a.m. The 10K starts at 7:40 a.m. The Youth Run starts at 3:00 pm on April 30. The rain date for the Youth Run is Sunday, May 1 at 3:00 p.m.

What sports drink and energy gel are offered on the course?

There are 16 hydration stations on the course. Hydration stations will be stocked with water (all stations), Lemon-Lime Gatorade (most stations), and GU (mile 6.6, which is shortly after marathon relay exchange zone A; mile 13; mile 17; and mile 21).

The following flavors of GU will be served at these four locations: Mile 6.5 (vanilla bean, strawberry banana, and tri berry); Mile 13.1 (vanilla bean, strawberry banana, tri berry, and mandarin orange); Mile 17 (vanilla bean, strawberry banana, tri berry, and mandarin orange); and Mile 21 (vanilla bean, strawberry banana, tri berry, and mandarin orange).

Is this a Boston Marathon-qualifying race?

The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon is a USATF-Certified Course and a qualifying race for those people seeking a trip to the world famous Boston Marathon.

Where are the port-a-potties located on the course?

We take pride in our “excessive” use of Port-a-Potties! As such, we have located these temporary bathrooms at approximately every mile along the full and half marathon routes. The start of the race will have many port-a-potties.

What are the time limits for the half marathon and marathon routes?

The time limit for traffic control on the course is a 3:30 finish time for the half marathon and a 6:00 finish time for the full marathon. If you are still on the course after the time limit, you will need to exercise caution as it pertains to automobiles, etc. We will, however, keep the finish line clock running for 7 hours from the start of the marathon.

Can relay teams finish together?

Yes. Meet up outside the entrance to the stadium and come in together. Be courteous to marathoners who are finishing at the same time and who will probably be a lot more tired than you will be.

How do I-Challenge finishers get their medals?

I-Challenge finishers (Full-I, Half-I, and Mini.I) pick up their I-Challenge medals on the field at Memorial Stadium from a specially marked table in the south end of the stadium. Bibs of I-Challengers will be coded to identify runners as I-Challenge entrants.

How do I meet my family after the race?

Meet your family after the race in the horseshoe bleachers of Memorial Stadium. Look for large letters of the alphabet to identify specific reunion locations. Spectators are not allowed on the field.

After the Race

Why did you make runners climb stairs to get food after the race?

We know it is difficult to go up stairs after a long run. Unfortunately for runners, we are not allowed to have food on the turf. (It could have been worse; we could have made you go down stairs to get the food.)

How do I tell you about incorrect or missing results?

Contact our timing company at

How do I get my age group award?

If you win an age group award, it will be mailed via the US Postal Service within 6 weeks of the race. The age group awards are personalized to each winner, so they take a long time to complete.

My GPS says I ran longer than 13.1/26.2. Are you sure the course is accurate?

The course was certified by the same man who certifies other marathons, including the Chicago Marathon. GPS devices are not as accurate as many runners believe. Even if you had a perfectly accurate GPS device, you should expect it to record a distance slightly longer than the official length. When you factor in the crowds and the water stops, it is nearly impossible to run the shortest possible path that the course certifier takes when measuring. In fact, if your GPS ever gives you the precise official length of the race, it is most likely that either your device is off or the course is short. GPS gadgets that sample position infrequently, on the other hand, will cut off corners and record a shorter distance than you actually ran.

When and how can I order official race photos?

Our official race photographer is MarathonFoto. It takes a few days to match photos to bib numbers. Photos will be available for purchase within a few days of the race, from a link on the homepage to MarathonFoto. In addition, runners who supplied e-mail addresses when they registered will probably receive e-mail notification when photos are ready.

What do I do if my shirt or medal is defective, or if I did not receive one or the other at the end of the race?

When you order as many thousands of shirts and medals as we did, you inevitably have a few slip through that should not. Tell us your goodie problems, and we’ll make it better.

Can I still get my shirt even if I did not run the race?

If you preregistered for one of our events, but were unable to attend, we will be happy to mail your shirt to you. Please send a letter requesting your shirt and include a check in the amount of $5.15 (for shipping) to: Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, P.O. Box 262, Champaign, IL 61824.

When will the 2016 race weekend be?

The 2016 race weekend will be on April 28-30. As was the case for the last several years, our date is on the only spring weekend on which the University of Illinois facilities are available.

When will registration open for 2016?

Registration will open on July 28, 2015 at noon CST.

Why am I not receiving any of the e-mails from the race?

Maybe you registered with a different e-mail address, or mistyped it. It happens! Or maybe you have a spam filter that politely asks us to answer questions in order for our e-mails to reach you. We have 20,000+ entrants, and it is not practical for us to jump through those hoops. Try adding to your contact list or your spam filter’s whitelist.

How do you pick your race date?

The date of our event is largely out of our hands. Our fantastic hosts at the University of Illinois and the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics have numerous events taking place during the spring, and we cooperate with them in every way we can. Those U of I events include, among others, Mom’s Day and the Spring Football Game (held at Memorial Stadium, of course). The very end of April seems to be when there is an opening for us.