Coming up on April 27th is the Illinois Marathon. There is a Youth Race that begins at 2:30.

Per the Illinois Marathon Website:

Busey Illinois Youth Run Information

Registration and Packet Pickup

Registration for the youth run is available online and by mail in English and in Spanish.

Participants and their parents can register and pick up youth run race packets and instructions on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday:

  • Thursday, April 25 during the Health & Fitness Expo at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, April 26 during the Health & Fitness Expo at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 27, at Memorial Stadium (Great East Hall) from 9 a.m. to noon.

(Race packets for all other events can only be picked up on Thursday and Friday at the Health & Fitness Expo.)


Roughly 1K (slightly longer than half a mile), with a finish in the stadium. The different heats of the Youth Run start on Kirby Avenue by Fourth Street, and then head west to First St. Go north on First Street to Irwin Drive. Turn right on Irwin Drive and then turn right into the stadium to the finish at the 50-yard-line.

Date and Time

Race starts at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.

Entry Fee

The entry fee is $12 through Friday, April 26. On race day, April 27, the entry fee is $15.

Age Groups

Children will run in separate races, according to age. Children older than 10 should participate in the 5K. Parents can run with their children. All entrants (and any accompanying parent) should be able to cover the distance (a little over half a mile) on their own two feet.


Youth run entrants all get an awesome 100% cotton pre-shrunk T-shirt, a drawstring backpack, and a finisher’s medal.

To guarantee a shirt, you must register by April 18.

If you want to put something into the Youth Run goody bag, download the Youth Run Goody Bag Insert Form. All inserts must be received by March 27.

Charitable Partner

The CU Schools Foundation is a Charitable Partner of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. A portion of every Busey Illinois Youth Run entry will be donated to CU Schools Foundation.

There is a link to the registration form below. You can also go online to register.