Runners take their marks in Libertyville, Illinois, on Saturday, October 12, for the 4th Annual Prairie State Marathon / Half-Marathon. Both courses are USATF-certified, and the full marathon is recognized as a Boston Qualifier.
The Prairie State Marathon / Half-Marathon starts and finishes at Independence Grove, 16400 West Buckley Road, in Libertyville. Off-site parking is offered, with shuttle service provided. Gear check will be located near the start area.
Beginning at 8 a.m., each of the races takes runners on a scenic tour of some of Northern Illinois’ most popular forests, lakes, prairies, and river paths. Marathoners must complete the crushed limestone course within 6.5 hours.
On-course support stations will offer water and sports drinks, and rest stops may be found along the route.
Registered participants in the Prairie State Marathon / Half-Marathon receive hooded long-sleeved tech shirts and event bib numbers with chip timing devices. Those completing each race earn commemorative finishers’ medals.
Packet pickup is set for Friday, October 11, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sports Authority, 155 East Townline Road, in Vernon Hills, Illinois.
Professional photography will be available throughout the event.
A post-race ceremony will include awards for top finishers, overall and in several age categories.
Online registration is open for the Prairie State Marathon / Half-Marathon.
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