Marathon Information

Packet Pickup

All participants must pick up their packets during the Health & Fitness Expo at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). The expo is open Thursday, April 24, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday, April 25, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


The race starts near Assembly Hall, runs through campus, loops through Urbana, back through campus, out into Champaign, and finishes on the 50-yard line of Memorial Stadium. View the map (2 pages).

The course is USATF-certified (Number IL-09126-JW).

Date and Time

The marathon starts at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 26. We are using a wave start.

The course will be closed to traffic for participants who are averaging faster than 13:45 per mile. Slower participants may continue after traffic is allowed onto the race course, but they do so at their own risk and must follow pedestrian statutes. Race volunteers, the finish line, and post-race festivities will remain active long enough to accommodate runners taking up to 7 hours.

Entry Fee

Prices go up as race day gets closer.

Register by Price
08/31/13 $75
10/31/13 $80
01/15/14 $85
02/28/14 $90
04/15/14 $100


Marathon entrants will receive a high-quality gender-specific, white short-sleeve technical shirt from Nike, a drawstring backpack, finish line food, and one beverage at the 27th-Mile Celebrate Victory Bash on Saturday. (Entrants must display their race bib to receive the beverage.) Finishers get a great medal.


Gender-specific, short-sleeve technical shirt from Nike in sizes XS (women only), S, M, L, XL, and XXL. Marathon shirts are white. The women's shirts run small. Please take this into consideration when selecting your shirt size.

Age Groups

Three-deep awards are presented in the following age-groups:

20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39
40-44 45-49 50-54 55-59
60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79

Note: Marathon participants must be at least 17 years old on race day.


Prize money will be given out to the top 3 female and male participants. Prize money will also be awarded for the top 3 female and male masters participants (full marathon only). Prize money winners are not eligible for individual awards. A masters runner placing in the top three overall is awarded the place and prize money in the overall race and not the masters race.

Prize money awards are based on gun time. See the chart below for prize money.

Place Male Overall Female Overall Male Masters Female Masters
1 $2700 $2700 $500 $500
2 $1100 $1100 $300 $300
3 $550 $550 $100 $100

$500 bonus for breaking the overall records: 2:22:46 (men), 2:43:52 (women).

In addition to the prize money, there will be first, second, and third place awards for each of the age groups listed above. Age group awards are based on chip time.

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