Saturday, September 26, through Sunday, October 4, 2020

An odd year calls for odd measures! And in this year of COVID-19, we are replacing our beloved Main Street Marathon with a virtual event called the Virus Variant Series in the hopes of helping runners keep positive, stay focused on their fitness, and maybe step out of their comfort zones! And to help distract you and fill that extra time you may have because of COVID-related changes to your schedule, consider taking on the challenge of running/walking more than 1 event between Sept. 26 and Oct. 4! The distances we are offering represent something related to the Belleville Main Street Marathon or what created this odd year—COVID-19 (including a 19K and 19 miler). You will have from September 26 through October 4 to complete your event(s). Swag includes 1 medal total; a ribbon to place on your medal for each distance you complete; and a custom, multi-purpose buff (neck gaiter). See below for more details!

DATE: Choose 1 or more events, and complete your event(s) anytime from 12 AM Saturday, Sept. 26 through 11:59 PM  Sunday, Oct. 4.

  • 5-miler (to commemorate what would have been our 5th year!!!)
  • 9.2 miles (the length of our beloved Belleville Main Street)
  • 19K (or 11.8 miles) (so many have asked for a half marathon, and this is pretty darn close!!!)
  • 19 miles (yep, let’s make “19” something great!!!)
  • 26.2 miles (how could we not?!)

COURSE: After selecting your distance(s), choose your course! Flat, hilly, turns, straightaways, shady, whatever you like!

ENTRY FEES: Registration is $40 for 1 event, no matter the distance. A fee of $5 will be charged for each add-on event. Swag includes one medal total; a ribbon to put on the medal for each distance you run/walk (for example, if you do the 5-miler and 19K, you will receive 1 medal and 2 ribbons – a ribbon for the 5-miler and a ribbon for the 19K); and a custom, multi-purpose buff (neck gaiter) commemorating the Virus Variant Series. Registration also includes a custom printable race bib to wear on the day of your event(s). REGISTRATION IS DUE BY AUGUST 26 TO BE GUARANTEED A MEDAL, RIBBON(S), AND BUFF. Proceeds will benefit the Belleville Parks and Recreation Department and The Backstoppers. If mailing registration fees, please make checks payable to Belleville Running Club and mail to Toolen’s Running Start, 3260 Green Mount Crossing Dr., Shiloh, IL 62269. Registration is open through 12 PM September 24. Entry fees are nonrefundable.

RACE RESULTS AND MEDALS AND SWAG: To receive your medal, ribbon(s), and buff, please e-mail an electronic record of your run with distance and date (via an app such as Strava, Nike, MapMyRun, Garmin) by October 11. It is not necessary, but you also may enter your own results by clicking the "Virtual Race Instructions" button on the online registration page at, which will guide you on how to enter your results. Race swag can be picked up at Toolen’s Running Start or will be mailed (please indicate your preference when registering). Custom race bibs will be e-mailed to you starting September 1.

FOR MORE INFO: Visit For specific questions, e-mail or contact Toolen’s Running Start at 618-628-9898 or