Illinois Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, 10K & 5K

Saturday, April 27, 2024 • Champaign, ILCourse Map

Set for its 16th annual running this year, Champaign’s Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K has seen growing numbers of entrants over the years, and now attracts more than 15,000 runners, walkers, wheelchair competitors and relay runners for a run along the fast and flat streets of the Champaign/Urbana area each year.

The half and full marathons as well as the 5K race all shared the same starting line and time, at Assembly Hall on 1st Street just south of St. Mary’s Road, on the University of Illinois campus.

From there, the point-to-point course for the 13.1-mile follows a winding loop that’s also the same course as the full marathon for its first 11 miles, after which those running the full break off and those running the half make their way toward the finish line on the 50-yard line at the University’s Memorial Stadium, the home of the “Fighting Illini.”

In between the start and finish lines, the course winds through city streets and tree-lined residential neighborhoods in both Champaign and Urbana, along parts of the campus and along the trails that wind through Urbana’s Meadowbrook Park.

For the most part, the course for the half is fast and flat, with a few long straightaway stretches mixed in with a number of twists and turns. The course features an overall elevation change of 85 feet, with its lowest point at the mile 9 marker (about 705 feet above sea level) and its highest point near the finish line, at about 780 feet.

In addition to the full marathon, half marathon and 5K Run/Walk, the race also features a 1K Youth Fun Run, which also finishes at Memorial Stadium, as well as a wheelchair division for the half marathon and a full marathon relay, for teams of four runners each.

Note: The 5K is run on Friday evening, while the half marathon, full marathon and 10K are run on Saturday morning.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the east central part of the state, just under 140 miles south of Chicago, the city of Champaign typically experiences cool to mild and occasionally moderately warm weather conditions in the mid-spring season.

On race day (April 27), the average low is 42ºF and the average high is 65ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Illinois Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 7:03 AM – half marathon, full marathon
  • 7:35 AM – 10K


  • $65 – $95 for the half marathon
  • $90 – $125 for the full marathon
  • $30 – $50 for the 10K


To reserve your spot in the 2024 running of Champaign’s Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K or Relay race, register online at the official website below.

Official Race Website


Ever run in the Illinois Half Marathon? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments below.

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3 comments… add one
  • Kathy Castek May 28, 2017, 11:20 pm

    I volunteered at the 2017 Illinois Marathon. They didn’t have a Large Tshirt to give me. They promised they would mail one to me, however I still haven’t received one. I’m anxious to wear it! Thank you!

  • Katrina Spencer April 29, 2016, 10:20 pm

    I need to get to campus from Orchard Downs so I can head to Chicago. I can’t seem to get clear information on how to do this.

  • Davi Taylor April 11, 2016, 1:21 pm


    I am interested in setting up a massage table at the finish line and offering marathon finishers a quick 5-minute post-run massage for $5. I have several clients that are runners and have thought that this would be great at the end of a race. I am looking for whoever I would need to discuss this with : ) I was thinking if I could try it out at the Friday night 5K that would give me an idea if doing it again on Saturday would be advantageous.

    Please let me know if you are interested in allowing me spread the word about my new local business while offering a great service to these fine athletes!

    Thanks and have a good day!

    Davi Taylor


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