Illinois > Galesburg Half Marathon, 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
Galesburg, IL • Sunday, June 1, 2014 • Course Map
Set for its 3rd annual running as spring is transitioning to summer here in this city of just over 32,000 souls near the Illinois-Iowa border, the Galesburg Half Marathon Express -- one of three races in an event called Run Galesburg Run -- saw more than 700 runners and walkers cross the finish line in 2013, including just over 190 finishers in the half marathon alone.
The race takes runners on an out-and-back tour of Galesburg, a small city that's a few hours' drive from Chicago and also is home to both Knox College and Carl Sandburg College.
From the starting line on West Simmons Street near downtown, runners head west and north, along the edges of the city and then out into the rural countryside just east of town, where they can expect to encounter mostly gently rolling hills along the rural roads in the middle of the race.
Mostly flat in the first few miles, the race becomes somewhat hillier once it reaches the mile 3 marker on Fremont Street, where runners begin the long eastward stretch that passes north of Rice Lake, toward the big looping middle portion of the race around Knox Highway, Blaze Road and County Highway 9. Once they make it around the loop, the course features mostly the same route runners just ran in reverse, all the way back to the finish line on Simmons Street.
The early going also features a quick loop around the grounds of the Galesburg Railroad Museum, which is located next to the train tracks and the city's Amtrak station, with daily service to Chicago and points south from Galesburg.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in western Illinois, about 195 miles southwest of Chicago and roughly 45 miles northwest of Peoria, Galesburg typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in June, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 41 degrees (in 1993) and as high as 101 degrees (in 1988).
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See the race route map for the Galesburg Half Marathon
$50 for the half marathon, if registered by December 31, 2013
$60 between January 1 - February 28, 2014
$75 between March 1 - May 31
To reserve your spot in the late spring/early summer 2014 running of the Run Galesburg Run Half Marathon Express, 5K or 1-mile Fun Run/Walk, register online at GetMeRegistered.com.
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