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Starved Rock Country Marathon, Half, and 5k -canceled


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 2020 Starved Rock Country Marathon presented by Marathon Brewing Company will be the 7th annual running of the event and is set for May 9th, 2020.

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.

We are excited to announce that RunSRC is continuing the Run Starved Rock Country 5k during the May 9th 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 are donated to local projects supporting this mission.

You can sign up for the 5k now by following the sign up links on our page!

Registration is open for the 2020- Marathon and Half Marathon and 5K. Keep checking back for more information!




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