Starved Rock Country Marathon and Half marathon presented by Samuel Adams
The 2017 Starved Rock Country Marathon and Half Marathon presented by Samuel Adams was a huge success and saw tremendous growth over 2016. It has become the "must do" event of the running community in central Illinois. The 2018 Starved Rock Country Marathon presented by Samuel Adams will be the 5th annual running of the event and is set for May 12th, 2018.
The Marathon course will again showcase the scenery of the Illinois River, the neighborhoods of Ottawa and the rolling landscapes in and around Starved Rock State Park. Runners will be inspired by the scenery of rolling country hills and natural rock formations tucked into heavily wooded areas created by the Illinois River thousands of years ago. Also the record eligible marathon course has 16 aide stations with GU at one aid station and Gatorade at each station. The Half Marathon course is a point to point route starting in Starved Rock State Park, traversing through wooded scenery and sites along the Illinois River, and ending in historic downtown Ottawa. The newly designed Half Marathon is a flat and fast course making for a nice run through country and city alike. Each runner will receive a participant shirt and finishers receive a race specific medal which will be the fifth in the series.
new for 2018!
We are excited to announce that RunSRC is adding the Run Starved Rock Country 5k to our May 12th Full and Half marathon event. The mission of Run Starved Rock Country is to bring endurance tourism to Starved Rock Country and that is why a portion of the proceeds of this race will be going towards the City of Ottawa Illinois Government re-watering of the canal project which breaks ground this summer. The new waterfront will allow for paddle boats in the summer, paths for cycling and running, ice skating in the winter and a multitude of other activities.
We are also thrilled to announce that Ottawa Savings Bank - Member FDIC. will be the presenting sponsor of this race! OSB has been a great partner of both Run Starved Rock Country and the community so it's fitting that they would help by putting their name behind this new endeavor.
You can sign up for the 5k now by following the sign up links on our page!
Registration is open for the 2018 Marathon and Half Marathon and 5K. Keep checking back for more information!