Race Day Information

2023 Belleville Main Street Marathon & Half Marathon 

Saturday, September 30


The full and half marathons will begin and end on Main Street around First Street in historic downtown Belleville, IL. The full marathon course will be certified and is a Boston Marathon-qualifying course. The FULL  MARATHON will be on about 16 miles of city streets, including America's longest Main Street, and about 10 miles on the St. Clair County Transit District's paved biking/walking trail. The HALF MARATHON will be on city streets, including America's longest Main Street. The courses are on open roads and open trails. Full marathon 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. HALF MARATHON participants must complete the course by 10:30 AM to receive an official race time, although they still will be eligible for a medal upon completion of the course.

MILE MARKERS: All mile markers will have the same appearance (white, positioned horizontally) until the half marathon turnaround. At mile 6.5 on 95th street, mile markers for the half marathon will be marked as “Half Marathon,” will be green (same color as the bibs for half marathoners), and will be positioned vertically versus horizontally. After mile 6.5, all white mile marker signs that are positioned horizontally are for the full marathon. In addition, yellow arrows will be placed on the course surface to direct the full marathon runners, and green arrows will direct the half marathon runners.

Packet Pickup

10 AM to 6:00 PM Friday, September 29, at Toolen’s Running Start, 3260 Green Mount Crossing Drive, Shiloh, IL 62269.

5:30 to 6:30 AM Saturday, September 30, at near the start line near Main Street and First Street.


Water stations that also will provide orange flavored Gatorade will be located about every 2 miles on the course. Gu will be available at several locations (approximately mile 10 for the half marathon and approximately miles 11.5, 18, and 23 for the full marathon).


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

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 AM in the marathon plaza area just east of the finish line. Age group awards will be presented around 1 PM in the marathon plaza area. Awards will not be mailed but can be picked up at Toolen’s Running Start beginning October 2.

Post-Race Refreshments

Local businesses have always supported this race in a big way! This year our finish line will feature pizza from locally owned Bennie's Pizza Pub; Schlafly beer from St. Louis-based Schlafly Beer (must be 21-years-old); and apples from Eckert's Ochard. We also will have bananas, oranges, pickle spears and other goodies.

Event Medical Support

Medical officials, including those from Platinum Sponsor BJC HealthCare Memorial Hospital, will be prepared to treat injuries that may occur during this event, including a medical tent and personnel at the start/finish line area and medical staff on the course. 


Parking is available at numerous city owned parking lots indicated below or curbside where allowed, including the following:

  • FREE parking garage at 1 Lincoln Street, which is a short walk to the start/finish line (RECOMMENDED)
  • Lot at corner of North High Street and East A Street (behind Lincoln Theatre)
  • Lot at South Jackson and East Washington (behind Copper Fire)
  • Lot at corner of North 3rd Street and West Main (across from Governor French school)

Race-Day Stretching and Taping

Race day stretching and taping will be provided by Platinum Sponsor ApexNetwork Physical Therapy, which has locations throughout the metro-east and in the St. Louis area. Apex will also provide taping during the afternoon of packet pickup.

Race-Day Photos

Professional photos will captured by Rutster Photography and can be viewed and purchased at the company's Belleville Main Street Marathon gallery (click here).


The YMCA at 200 S. Illinois St., which is a few blocks from the finish line, offers runners use of its showers and locker rooms. To take advantage of this offer, you will need a state ID and to complete a waiver that will be available at packet pickup.

The Streaker Award

Participants who ran EACH of the 6 past in-person Belleville Main Street Marathons (2016-2019, 2021, 2022) will be recognized with our commemorative Streaker Award. Please ask for your award at packet pickup.

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.