2021 Belleville Main Street Marathon

Saturday, September 25, 2021

In Historic Belleville, IL, Near Downtown St. Louis, MO


*Please note, because of COVID-19 guidelines in place during the planning stages for the 2021 race, we modified our course in a significant way so that we would comply with those guidelines to allow for a safe event for participants/volunteers. 

We are excited to be back racing in person and to see you, our participants, again! Yay! Although our course will look quite different this year because of needing to plan while more COVID-19 restrictions were in place to ensure the safety of our participants and volunteers and to properly staff the course, we are celebrating that we are moving forward with in-person races, including the Belleville Main Street Marathon! Join us in this refreshing moment of being able to race with others again! As always, we are working diligently to make this a great race experience for you!

TIME/DATE: Race starts at 7 AM on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Course support ends at 2 PM. NOTE: The 2021 course was modified significantly to comply with COVID-19 guidelines that were in place during race planning earlier in the year to ensure participant and volunteer safety and ensure the course is staffed appropriately. UPDATE: The course will be officially certified.

SAFETY MEASURES: We will comply with all safety measures regarding COVID-19. We will continue to update participants on our course support and safety measures up until race day regarding any current guidelines for holding events safely.

ENTRY FEE: $65 through August 31, then $75 during the month of September. Online registration is available at itsyourrace.com (click here). Otherwise, cash and checks will be accepted in person at or by mailing a print registration form to Toolen’s Running Start, 3260 Green Mount Crossing Dr., Shiloh, IL 62269. Make checks payable to the Belleville Running Club. Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

2021 COURSE SUPPORT: The 2021 course will include 8 water stations that will be located at about every 1.5 to 2 miles on the course. Gu will be available at miles 10, 15, and 20.9.

COURSE: The race begins and ends on Main Street between Illinois 159 and First Street in historic downtown Belleville, IL, and for the 2021 race, the course will primarily be held on the St. Clair County Transit District's paved biking/walking trail, and the course will be officially certified. The 2021 course is on open trails and roads, and participants must be at mile 13 by 10:23 AM or they will be transported by an official race vehicle to another point on the course and allowed to cross the finish line with an unofficial time and to receive a finisher medal. Medical support will be provided by HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital.

AWARDS: The top 3 overall male and female finishers; top male and female master finishers; and top male and female wheelchair finishers will receive awards as will the top 3 male and female finishers in each of the following age divisions: 18-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; and 70 & older. Due to liability and safety issues, the age limit requirement of being 18 or older will be strictly enforced.

SWAG: All finishers, regardless of placement, will receive a participant medal, and all registrants will receive an event shirt.

STREAKER AWARD: Participants who ran EACH of the 4 past IN-PERSON Belleville Main Street Marathons (2016-2019) will be recognized with our commemorative Streaker Award. The award will be available at packet pickup.


10 AM to 7 PM on Friday, Sept. 24at Toolen’s Running Start, 3260 Green Mount Crossing Drive, Shiloh, IL 62269.

5:30 to 6:30 AM, Saturday, Sept. 25, at First and Main Streets in Belleville, IL.

POST-RACE REFRESHMENTS: Post-race refreshments include a meal from Belleville's award-winnng BEAST Craft BBQ, beverages by Grey Eagle Distributors in Belleville, and other goodies from local businesses.

RACE DAY PICS: Rutster Photography will be capturing professional race-day photographs, which will be available for viewing and purchase at the company's Belleville Main Street Marathon gallery (click here).

FOR MORE INFO: Visit bellevillemarathon.com. For specific questions, e-mail info@bellevillemarathon.com or contact Toolen’s Running Start at 618-628-9898 or www.runningstartsports.com.


About This Event

Run America’s Longest Main Street

In 2021, our course will start on Main Street in downtown Belleville and then be immediately routed to the St. Clair Country Transit District's paved biking/walking trail for the remainder and majority of the route. We feel this change is necessary to be able to successfully hold the race in 2021 to ensure participant/volunteer safety and to ensure we have enough volunteers on the course (taking the route to the trail will require about one-third of the volunteers needed to hold the race).

Click here to check out what other runners have to say about the Belleville Main Street Marathon at MarathonGuide.com.

Train to Finish The 2021 Belleville Marathon

We have helped hundreds of runners from all ability levels to train and finish the Belleville Marathon.

Training Group Highlights:
  • FREE!  Similar programs can cost you hundreds of dollars
  • Group runs with several STL metro area running groups
  • Weekly motivational emails with coaching tips
  • Long run support with water and Gatorade drops
  • FUN!

Please sign up to train with us when training registration opens in the spring.


Conducted by the Belleville Running Club and Toolen's Running Start

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All proceeds benefit the Belleville Parks and Recreation Department and The Backstoppers.