The marathon begins at 7 AM, and course support ends at 2 PM.
This Boston Marathon-qualifying course in the Southern Illinois community of historic Belleville, IL, which is near downtown St. Louis, features a marathon-only event with enthusiastic crowd support, ample hydration and fueling stations, and the amenities of a big city race. About half the course is on America’s longest Main Street with the other half on area streets and portions of the paved Richland Creek Greenway Trail and MetroLink Bike Trail.
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.
Entry fee November 15, 2019, to December 2, 2019, is $50.
If using paper registration, please make checks payable to Belleville Running Club and mail to Toolen’s Running Start, 3260 Green Mount Crossing Dr., Shiloh, IL 62269. On-site race day registration 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. near West Main and First streets in downtown Belleville. Entry fees are nonrefundable. Race will be held rain or shine.
The top 3 overall winners and the top 3 finishers in each division (see below) will receive awards. All finishers will receive participant medals.
To recognize those who run the Belleville Main Street Marathon for consecutive years, participants who have run 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.
Top Overall Male & Female; Masters (M & F); Wheelchair (M & F); Age Groups (M & F): 18 – 19; 20 – 24; 25 – 29; 30 – 34; 35 – 39; 40 – 44; 45 – 49; 50 – 54; 55 – 59; 60 – 64; 65 – 69; 70 & Over. Due to liability and safety issues, the age limit requirement of being 18 or older will be strictly enforced.
New in 2020, we will offer a virtual race with registration opening Jan. 1, 2020. For $35 virtual race participants will receive a bib and medal and for $65 a bib, shirt, and medal.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Toolen’s Running Start at 618-628-9898 or runningstartsports.com.
All proceeds benefit Belleville Parks and Recreation Department and The Backstoppers.
Interested in pairing your marathon training with a good cause? Register to run the Belleville Main Street Marathon as a charity athlete for Girls on the Run St. Louis! Girls on the Run St. Louis inspires girls to be healthy, joyful and confident by providing a social-emotional development program for 3rd–8th grade girls that creatively integrates running. Your fundraising efforts will support the Girls on the Run St. Louis scholarship fund, which continues to provide program accessibility to all girls, regardless of financial need. Learn more at girlsontherunstlouis.org/solemates.