Illinois Marathon

The tigers nest and Bhutanese dancers

Hello, this is Jan Seeley, race director of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.

I'd like to personally invite you to be a part of the inaugural Sister Marathon Peace Initiative running retreat to take place in the country of Bhutan February 28 to March 6, 2018.

The week-long event features a retreat with running legends and culminates with the running of the 5th annual Bhutan International Marathon and Half Marathon.

Join us for this exclusive trip to the mysterious, beautiful and intriguing country of Bhutan - an adventure you'll never forget!

The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon has only been allocated 10 places for this great trip. If you would like to join our group, please reserve your trip with us soon

Have an amazing experience.

Fire up your sense of adventure and join the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon and many others in Bhutan with the Sister Marathon Peace Initiative. The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this global peace effort, bringing our community together to celebrate running.

About the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon


Next Race:

April 20-22, 2017



Champaign, Illinois, USA



Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon, Wheelchair Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, Youth Run



Boston Qualifier

Enjoy a full weekend of running, food, festivities and lots of family activities for all ages at the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon this April 20-22, 2017. Known as being one of the country's flattest and fastest Boston Qualifier courses, the beautiful and scenic tour through tree-lined residential neighborhoods and paved park trails inspires PR performances from many of the participants.

Expect thousands of friendly, fun fans and volunteers from Champaign-Urbana to cheering your efforts and providing classic widwestern hospitality at the many hospitality venues and exhibition tents.

The races start and finish on campus of the University of Illinois — home of the Fighting Illini. Start near State Farm Center, run through crowd-filled neighborhoods and tree-lined parks, and finish on the 50-yard line of historic Memorial Stadium.

The University of Illinois Memorial Stadium Finish is also the location of our legendary 27th-Mile Celebration Victory Bash – starting with the complimentary post-race Muscle Milk recovery nutrition station and commemorative fleece blanket for all marathon finishers.

Starting at 8 a.m., located just outside Memorial Stadium on Kirby Ave. the 27th Mile is the perfect place for you to kick back and relish in your accomplishment. Each participant will receive a complimentary beer with your race number as your ticket. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available as well for those under 21. A local band will be taking center stage from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to entertain runners and their families after the race. For the kids, check out the Action Inflatables, set up to burn off energy of their own.

Body n’ Sole present the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Health & Fitness Expo, sponsored by Great Harvest Bread Company, on Thursday, April 28, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The expo will take place at the University of Illinois Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) and feature national and local vendors, as well as national organizations and prominent running events.

Memorialize your accomplishment with the News-Gazette Cut-Out for a fun way to see yourself on the "cover" of our local newspaper. More photo OPPs are also possible with the Big Red Meijer Chair.

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