Today is the day as 21,000 runners take to the streets of Champaign Urbana for the running of one our area’s biggest events. Tons of info is available on the race website and you can even watch updates on local TV WCIA. it is called “The Extra Mile“.
If you are new to race day here are some pointers:
If you want to watch downtown Champaign is a good spot or just go to Memorial Stadium on the U of I campus
Watch out in traffic and relax. Look for a Illinois Marathon map and avoid those areas
Make a note to volunteer next year. The marathon site has an interactive map so you can volunteer in or near your neighborhood.
The 2014 Illinois Marathon will be run April 26, 2014 in Champaign Urbana and it looks to be another record setting field. The various races for the weekend are all more than 50% full already and with a late spring in the area it should be a perfect day. The only issue the last few years weather wise was a bit of wind two years ago. But last year’s race was perfect.
Runners World Recognition
Recently our little race from CU got some serious recognition. It was named one of the top nine new marathons in the country. Runners World (the leading runner mag for everyman runners) listed it with a number of other fine runs including Cary, North Carolina, Pittsburg, and Baton Rouge.
Running blogs all over picked up on this story and the print piece looked good.
Voluteer for the Illinois Marathon
You can get on board helping with the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon by going to their site and contacting them. Help is needed stuffing bags, at intersections, signage..all kinds of ways before and after the race.
Well it was quite a perfect race day in Champaign Urbana and all went perfectly for the Christie Clinic Marathon. Some ran for fun. Some were serious as this is a good opportunity to qualify for other marathons including the Boston Marathon.
You want to be aware tomorrow that the Illinois Marathon might interrupt your driving for a bit in places all over Champaign Urbana. Notice the signs around town today on the route and take note that there will be delays tomorrow.
The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon is coming back to town this weekend (April 25-27) and we all need to be aware of the route. Some 21,000 runners will run the streets of Champaign Urbana Friday evening and Saturday and you will not be able to drive (or ride MTD) as usual.