FAQs

Is there a time limit?
Yes. You must finish by 11am and participants should average a pace of at least 16 min/mile. A medical van and box truck will be following the last set of participants and those who fall behind the 16 min pace will need to move to the sidewalks and obey all rules that apply to pedestrians.

Can I walk the course?
Yes, but you will need to move at a 16 min pace.

Are strollers permitted?
No. No pets either.

Can I wear headphones?
We get this question every year and the best answer we can provide is that the race waiver you agree to on the registration site requires you to acknowledge that you cannot wear headphones. Keep in mind this is an open course and the roads will have vehicular traffic. While we will have volunteer course marshals and law enforcement helping with traffic control, they can’t keep you safe if you’re not paying attention to your surroundings. Please use common sense and be safe.

When is packet pick up?
You can pick up your packet, bib and shirt from 4pm – 8pm on Friday, March 31 or from 6:30am – 7:15am race day in the ballroom at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams.

Is there a Race Expo?
The Expo is from 4pm – 8pm on Friday, March 31 at the President Lincoln Hotel. The Springfield Running Center will have apparel and other running items for sale and other vendors and sponsors will be on hand with giveaways and information.

Can I pick up my packet on race day or have someone pick up my packet for me?
Race day pickup is from 6:30am – 7:15am but we encourage runners to make an effort to attend the Expo on Friday. If you plan to have someone else pick up your packet, let them know they will have to show their driver’s license (that way we can keep track of who picked it up).

Is there a gear check?
No. Because of ample parking near the start/finish and the close proximity of hotels, it’s very easy to leave items locked in a car or in your room.

Where do I park?
There is ample Expo and race day parking at the parking ramps next to the hotels along 7th Street and at metered spots downtown (meters are free after 5pm Friday all day Saturday).

Is there a post-race party?
At the finish line on the lawn of the Old State Capitol there will be food, beverages and free beer (21 and over) from Obed and Isaac’s for finishers and live music by the Blue Gs.  Following the race, Obed and Isaac’s at 500 S. 6th St, Springfield, IL 62701, will host runners in their awesome beer garden, one block west of the Lincoln Home site.

What kind of timing system is being used?
Chip Timing

Can I get an XXL shirt?
Only if you signed up for one.

Will there be race apparel available for purchase at the Expo?
Yes (see Expo info above).

When does the race start?
7:30am at 6th and Washington. The race will start after the National Anthem and a musket volley by Civil War re-enactors.

What type of sports drink and gel will be on the course?
We will be serving Gatorade at water stops 2, 4, 5 and 6 and will have Gu available at the water stop 4 near mile 7.

Is there First Aid on the course?
Yes. There will be medical personnel at each water stop. There will be a First Aid tent at the water stop near mile 7. We also have medical personnel on bikes. They will assist with minor scrapes and have bottled water to hand out. For serious medical conditions, 911 should be called. We will also have two ambulances on stand-by along the course.

When and where is the awards ceremony?
The ceremony will be held at approximately 10:30am (during the intermission for the band) in the tent on the north lawn of the Old State Capitol. NOTE: You must pick up your award at the Old State Capitol race morning. We will NOT mail awards to participants from out of town. If you need to leave before the awards ceremony, please go to the awards table and we will try to give you your award once we can confirm your finishing time. For local runners, awards not claimed race morning will be available for pick up at the Springfield Running Center after April 8.

How are awards distributed?
Overall (1st only) for male and female, Masters (1st only) for male and female, and age groups (1-3) for male and female starting with 14 and under, 15-19, etc. up to 80 and over.