The 2017 Samuel Adams Starved Rock Country Marathon and Half Marathon 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 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 fourth in the series.
This year we are pleased to again be partnering with Samuel Adams as the presenting sponsor of this scenic race!
Registration is open for the 2018 Marathon and Half Marathon. Keep checking back for more information!