Race Day Information

**Please note: The information in the text box below is NO LONGER APPLICABLE for 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.**

Please see our HOME and REGISTRATION pages for more information on a virtual series we are offering to replace the 2020 marathon.


The marathon will start at 7 AM on Main Street just west of the Public Square between Illinois 159 and First Street in downtown Belleville, and course support will be available until 2 PM. This is an open course on open 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.

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will take place Friday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Toolen’s Running Start, 3260 Green Mount Crossing Drive, Shiloh, IL 62269.


Water and lemon-lime Gatorade will be available approximately every 1 to 2 miles.

Energy Gel

GU stations will be located near miles 12, 18, and 21.


Porta-potties/restrooms will be located at the start/finish line area and near all water stations.


Medical officials are prepared to treat injuries that may occur during this event. St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is providing a medical tent and personnel at the start/finish line area and on the course. In addition, medical personnel will be located throughout the course.


All participants/volunteers/spectators are strongly encouraged to park in the FREE St. Clair County parking garage, located at 1 Lincoln Street, which is conveniently located about a block from the start/finish line.

Race-Day Photos

Professional photos will be available for purchase and may be viewed at bellevillemarathonphotos.rutster.com.

Late Packet Pickup and Registration

Packet pickup and on-site race-day registration will be available near the start/finish line around South First and Main streets from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. on race morning.

Finisher Medals/Awards

All race finishers will receive a medal at the finish line. Awards for the top 3 male and female, male and female Master’s, and male and female wheelchair finishers will be presented at 11 a.m. in the marathon plaza area just east of the finish line. Age group awards will be presented around 1 p.m. in the marathon plaza area. Awards will not be mailed but can be picked up at Toolen’s Running Start after October 2.

Post-Race Refreshments

After the race, hang around, relax, refuel, and celebrate your finish with award-winning, nationally acclaimed barbecue and fixins’ donated by Belleville’s very own BEAST Craft BBQ; Michelob Ultra, donated by Belleville’s Grey Eagle Distributors; locally grown apples as well as cookies donated by Eckert's Orchards; and craft brewed coffee donated by Kaleidscope Craft Brew Coffee. Yum!

Post-Race Locker Rooms/Shower Facilities

The Downtown Belleville YMCA, 200 S. Illinois St. (a few blocks from the start/finish line) is graciously opening its locker rooms/shower facilities to marathon participants after the race!  You will need 4 things to gain entry:

  1. Your bib
  2. Your photo ID
  3. Your completed waiver (Primary Contact Section on the front only; signed waiver on the back). Waivers will be available at packet pickup.
  4. Your patience

If you are not already in the Downtown Belleville’s  YMCA's system, staff must input your information, which includes taking a photo.  Usually 2 staff members are on duty, serving not only guests, but members.  They will get you in as fast as they can, but please return their graciousness.

Your accompanying friends/family may wait for you in the lobby.

The Streaker Award

Participants who ran ALL 3 of the past Belleville Main Street Marathons (2016-2019) will be recognized with our commemorative Streaker Award. The award will be available at packet pickup.