April 1, 2017

Online registration is now closed.  In-person registration for $60 (cash or check) is available at the Expo from 4pm – 8pm on Friday, March 31 at the President Lincoln Hotel.

NOTICE:  Due to bridge construction in Washington park, we need to adjust the start line by .11 of a mile.  That means that we will start in front of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum on 6th Street between Jefferson and Madison (which was the starting line when the race ended at the Prairie Heart Institute).  The race route will remain the same except that right before you reach the bridge still under construction in Washington park around mile 5.5, you will use the pathway in the middle of the lagoon instead of continuing on the ring road.  There will be signs clearly marking where to go.  Because that change cuts .11 of a mile off the course, we will simply move the start back to make up the distance. 

We invite you to participate in one of the Midwest’s premier half marathons. This is the only race where you can immerse yourself in Lincoln history and enjoy a scenic run past the only home he ever owned, his law office, the Old State Capitol where he delivered his “House Divided” speech, and his final resting place in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

The USATF certified course starts and ends at the historic Old State Capitol.  The Lincoln sites and Springfield’s hospitality make this a destination race for the whole family.

Home_2     Abe bringing it home
2017 Race ShirtAs in past years, electronic tag timing will be used. New for this year, participants have the option to sign up to receive a text message with their result after finishing.

There will great post-race food and beverages on the lawn of the Old State Capitol, and all finishers will receive a giant penny medal and an opportunity to have their picture taken with Lincoln impersonator Michael Krebs as well as other Civil War interpreters.

After the race, join President Lincoln and other participants at Obed and Isaac’s for more food and drink.

Interested in volunteering? Please click here or email lincolnhalf@gmail.com.