ROCKFORD MARATHON, HALF MARATHON & 10K

ROCKFORD MARATHON, HALF MARATHON & 10K

Date: Sunday, May 21
Time: 6:00 am - 7:00 am
Location: State & Main Street (Finish at Davis Park)
Address: 225 W. State Street
Rockford Illinois
Beneficiary: Northern Illinois Food Bank
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Happy birthday! The Rockford Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K reaches a milestone of sorts when it celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017.

Featuring a full 26.2-mile marathon as well as a 13.1-mile half marathon and a 10K run, there’s something for Midwest runners at every skill level. With much of its routes along the scenic Rock River, it’s a sprinter-friendly flat and fast course.

Located a short hour’s drive northwest of Chicago and just 40 minutes south of Madison, Wis., this popular Midwest event offers runners a truly unique experience. As a bonus, there’s also more than $2,500 in cash prizes for the top sprinters in each category.

The event draws participants from 20 states. The course meanders through the city’s Historic District featuring Queen Anne, Greek Rival, Italianate, Dutch Colonial and Tudor style homes. These are just a few of the architectural gems located within eight historic Rockford neighborhoods. The course also skirts the Rock River and through the city’s park system. The marathon’s start/finish line is the main bridge adjacent to the city’s riverfront gem that is Davis Park.

In addition, all participants receive free parking, a finishers medal, a tech shirt and a treat of refreshments in the post-event green space of Davis Park.

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Registration Fees

Save time and have your packed mailed for only $8.00. The packet mailing option expires on Monday, May 1.

10k
$18.34 - First 50 registrations or February 1
$30- Jan. 12-Jan. 31
$35- Feb. 1- March 15
$40- March 16- May 2
$45- May 2- Race Weekend
Half Marathon
$25- First 300 Registrants or February 1
$40- Jan. 12-Jan. 31
$45- Feb. 1- March 15
$50- March 16- May 2
$55- May 2- Race Weekend
Marathon
$25- First 200 Registrants or February 1
$50- Jan. 12-Jan. 31
$60- Feb. 1- March 15
$70- March 16- May 2
$75- May 2- Race Weekend

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How to Register

Click Here to register on-line. Online registration ends on Wednesday, May 17 at 11:59pm CST.

Parking Information

Various free parking lots surround the race start location (State & Wyman). Click Here for a map of locations (or see below). Please note: Street parking may be available, however be aware of any tow/ticket signage as it may be a part of the course.

Course Maps

Click Here to download a 2017 course map. Please note: course subject to change

Click Here to download the full marathon turn-by-turn directions. Please note: course subject to change

Click Here to download the full marathon elevation map. Please note: course subject to change

Pace Teams

Full Marathon
3:45
4:00 Mike Withers
4:15 Emily Larson
4:30 Dan Beck
4:45 Amber Zetwick
4:45 co pace Nicole Fritz
5:00 Ed Broadnax
5:30 Jennifer Voss
Half Marathon
1:40 Adam Bruss
1:50 Wes Hollander
2:00 Christine Sweat
2:15 Geri Kastern-Schneff
2:30 Sheri Nicholls
2:45 Laura Swearingen
3:00 Bob Strauss - LEAD

Awards

ALL FINISHERS WILL RECEIVE A MEDAL! NOTE: Medals will NOT be mailed out after race day. Prize money will be mailed one week after the event.

Full Marathon
Cash prizes for the first 5 overall and top masters Male and Females in the Marathon
1st Place-$600
2nd Place-$300
3rd Place-$200
4th Place- $100
5th Place- $100
1st Masters- $100

Top 3 in the following age groups will receive an award:
Top 3 Overall Male/Female
19-under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+ Top 3 Masters (40+)
Course Record Bonus: $300- Male-2:28:50, Female-2:58:55
Only one prize per person.. Deferral will be to the highest overall prize.

Half Marathon
Cash prizes for the first 3 Overall and top masters Male and Females in the Half Marathon
1st Place-$500
2nd Place-$300
3rd Place-$100
1st Masters-$100

Course Record Bonus: $200- Male-2015-Stephen Njoroge-1:07:37, Female-2013-Laura Versweyveld-1:20:06

Top 3 in the following age groups will receive a souvenir pint glass:
Top 3 Overall Male/Female
14-under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+ Top 3 Masters(40+)
Only one prize per person.. Deferral will be to the highest overall prize.

10K
Cash prizes for the first 3 Overall and top masters Male and Females in the 10k
1st Place-$100
2nd Place-$50
3rd Place-$25
1st Masters- $25

Course Record Bonus: $50- Male-2015-Ryan Guiliano-33:20, Female-2015-Jacqui Giuliano-38:21
Top 3 in the following age groups will receive a souvenir pint glass:
Top 3 Overall Male/Female
14-under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+ Top 3 Masters(40+)
Only one prize per person.. Deferral will be to the highest overall prize.

Ceremony Times

Awards ceremonies will be at the following time. All times are approximate.

10k - 8:15am
Half Marathon - 8:00am

Marathon
Overall - 9:30am
Age Groups - 10:00am

Aid Station Locations

Full Marathon

Item Mile Location
Water Start Chestnut and Wyman
Water/Sport Drink 1.6/14.6 Huffman and Yonge
Water/Sport Drink/Medical 3/16.1 Huffman and Crestwood
Water/Sport Drink 4/17.1 St. Francis and Campus Hills Blvd
Water/Sport Drink/GU Energy Gel 6/19.1 Bauer- east end of bridge
Water/Sport Drink 7.75/20.85 Glendale and Coronado
Water/Sport Drink 9/22.1 East Dr and River Ln
Water/Sport Drink/Medical 10.4/23.5 Illinois and Ransom Pl
Water/Sport Drink 12/25.1 Bike path near Madison St.
Water/Sport Drink/GU Energy Gel 13.4 Park and Church
Water/Sport Drink Finish Chestnut and Wyman

Half Marathon

Item Mile Location
Water Start Chestnut and Wyman
Water/Sport Drink 1.6 Huffman and Yonge
Water/Sport Drink/Medical 3 Huffman and Crestwood
Water/Sport Drink 4 St. Francis and Campus Hills Blvd
Water/Sport Drink/GU Energy Gel 6 Bauer- east end of bridge
Water/Sport Drink 7.75 Glendale and Coronado
Water/Sport Drink 9 East Dr and River Ln
Water/Sport Drink/Medical 10.4 Illinois and Ransom Pl
Water/Sport Drink 12 Bike path near Madison St.
Water/Sport Drink Finish Chestnut and Wyman

10K

Item Mile Location
Water 2 Harlem and Douglas
Water/Sport Drink/Medical 3.5 Illinois and Ransom Pl
Water/Sport Drink 5.1 Bike path near Madison St.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Rockford Marathon a Boston qualifier?
Yes! All courses are USATF-certified. In 2015, 22.1% of marathon finishers qualified for Boston! Marathon-IL-12210-JW, Half-Marathon-IL-12208-JW, 10K-IL-13043-JW.

Can I wear headphones, bring my dog, ride a bicycle, or push a stroller?
We understand that many runners need headphones to aid in their running concentration, or distraction. Headphones are allowed but not recommended for safety purposes. Dogs, strollers and bicycles are not allowed, strictly for safety reasons.

When can I pick up my race packet?
Pre race packet pick-up information coming soon. OR, choose the "mail my packet" option.
-OR-
Packet pickup will be available race morning at Davis Park from 4:30-7:00am.

What is the weather usually like on race day (May 22)?
Average High: 74
Average Low: 50
Mean: 62

Where should I park?
Free Parking will be available various parking lots near Davis Park. Please check the parking map for exact locations.

Will sweats storage be available?
Gear check will be located inside Davis Park and will be available from 4:30am-12:00pm.

Are walkers welcome?
The Rockford Marathon course is open until 12:00 p.m. (6 hours after the half marathon begins). Any walker/runner who feels they can complete the course in this time is welcome to register.

Do you offer a Pace Team?
Yes, pace teams are available for the full and half marathons.

What time do the races start?
The full and half marathon will start at 6:00am. The 10k will start at 7:00am.

Where should I wear my timing chip?
In order to capture accurate information as you cross a timing mat, your chip must be attached to your bib number.

How many water stations are there? What types of products are available?
We will have 10 water station locations on the marathon, 9 on the Half Marathon and 3 on the course. Each station will have sports drink and water available. Please check the water station list for exact locations.

Where are the first aid stations?
There will be a first aid tent located at the finish line next to Davis Park. There will also be 2 first aid tents along the course at approximately miles 3, and 10.5.

Where are restrooms located?
There will be indoor bathrooms located in Davis Park inside the Foundry building. Portable restrooms will be located near the start line and the finish line at Chestnut and Wyman, and at each water station along the course.

Can I change events?
Yes, please contact Bruce Buzil via email or at 773-584-6688 for assistance.

What is the age requirement for each race?
All ages are welcome.

Beneficiary: Northern Illinois Food Bank

Northern Illinois Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, is a non-profit organization that engages the community in a commitment to feed our hungry neighbors. Across 13 counties, food manufacturers, local groceries, corporations, foundations, and individuals come together to donate food and funds, and evaluate and repack food for distribution to more than 700 network partners the food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and youth and senior feeding programs that serve more than 60,000 hungry neighbors each week. That commitment provided more than 33 million meals last year to those in need. Northern Illinois Food Bank has centers in Geneva (West Suburban Center), Park City (North Suburban Center) and Loves Park (Northwest Center), and an office in Joliet (South Suburban Office). Find out more at www.solvehungertoday.org or follow them on Facebook.

CARA Certified Race

This race has applied for and received the Chicago Area Runners Association designation as a CARA CERTIFIED RACE. This race has agreed to adhere to and uphold CARA's Best Practices Guidelines. These Guidelines embody the highest standards for quality, safety and comfort for participants in a road race.

Due to CARA's advocacy efforts, runners in the Chicagoland area enjoy some of the highest quality road races in the country. To view the Guidelines and to learn more about CARA, visit www.cararuns.org.

The Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding, motivating, supporting and celebrating the running community of Chicagoland. CARA connects runners to resources that enable them to run -- farther, faster, better, for life.

Previous Race Results

Click the links below to access race results from 2008 to 2016.

Volunteer Opportunities

Be a part of the action! We're looking for volunteers for the following positions (and more): course marshals, water stations, registration, gear check. Contact Dianne Patterson at 312-226-1350.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Norine Smyth at 773-584-6684 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.