7th annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon to take place over weekend

By Daily Illini Staff Report

The seventh annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon will take place this weekend, with 1,874 participants enrolled in the marathon as of Monday.

The marathon begins on First Street and St. Mary’s Road and ends on the 50 yard line of Memorial Stadium. Marathon related events, including multiple races, will take place throughout the weekend.

Registered runners can pick up their packet at the ARC, 201 East Peabody Dr., Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Additionally, runners can attend “Biaggi’s Pasta Feed” at the ARC on Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Amby Burfoot, 1968 Boston Marathon winner and Runner’s World editor-at-large will speak at the dinner.

The 5K race will begin on Oak Street, south of St. Mary’s Road, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, the wheelchair half marathon begins at 6:58 a.m. and the marathon, marathon relay and half marathon races begin at 7 a.m. The 10K run/walk begins at 7:42 a.m., and events conclude with a youth run at 2:30 p.m.

A Einstein Bros Bagels Bite Bar will provide free coffee and tea on First Street, north of the start line, on Saturday from 5:30 to 8 a.m.

There will be a 27th-Mile Celebrate Victory Bash sponsored by Meijer and hosted by Visit Champaign County. The bash will include music and food and will take place between First and Fourth Street from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

At the end of Saturday’s events, the Fat City Bar and Grill at 505 S. Chestnut Street in Champaign will host a celebration starting at 7 p.m. Marathon participants providing proof of participation will receive free admission, $5 off any food order, and the chance to see the band 90’s Daughter.