Marathon info

Guides and Race Day Info



We doubled the number of runners for 2014! The race will be run entirely on streets to give you lots of room. This year's Naperville Marathon will be held entirely within Naperville. The marathon will wind through and showcase the city of Naperville.


The Marathon will start and end at Naperville Central High School with the post race party at Knoch Park.The race will wind through and showcase the city of Naperville, Illinois.


The 2014 Naperville Marathon will be a 2016 Boston Marathon qualifying race.


• See 2014 RUNNER INFO - FAQS.





Each registered runner will receive a drawstring backpack plus a gender specific long sleeve tec shirt when they pick up their bib at the EXPO.


2014 Race Shirts


Each finisher of the Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon will receive their marathon finisher's medal when they cross the finish line.



Race start/end Location


The Marathon will start and end on Hillside Road next to Naperville Central High School in downtown Naperville, Illinois. Post race festivities will be held in Knoch Park next to the high school.


Both races will start together at 7:00 AM. Runners can find their place in the start corral based on pace. Chip timing will help insure a congestion-free start. More pace group info.



Course & Aid Station Info


This year’s Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon course will feature 15 Aid Stations on the FULL course.


Every aid station will have:

  • Water
  • Gatorade Endurance Formula
  • Medical Team – Edward Hospital medical staff
  • Porta Potties

In Addition:
Full Marathoners will have 2 CLIF stations handing out GEL packets to the runners. We will have these flavors for you to choose from: Non-Caffeinated: Razz and Vanilla and Caffeinated: Citrus and Mocha.




Gatorade Endurance Formula is on course at this year’s Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon, fueling you throughout the entire race. 


As part of a five-electrolyte blend which includes sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and chloride, Endurance Formula is a specialized sports drink designed to help maintain hydration during prolonged training and racing when fluid and electrolyte losses can be significant.

It contains nearly 2x the sodium and more than 3x the potassium of Gatorade Thirst Quencher to help maintain hydration and proper fluid balance and help replace the critical electrolytes lost in sweat during these occasions. Find Endurance Formula online at or at a Sport-Specialty retailer near you. 


Gatorade Endurance Formula



start line



2014 Official Race Gear


"Great community support, loved that the neighborhoods came out and cheered us on!  Well run, well staffed, can't wait for next year!"
~ Beth P.

"Great route! Great weather! Great coordination! Great humor signs! Great volunteers! And amazing spectators!!! Thanks for such a great race- we had a blast!!!"
~ Mindy K.



start line


Marathon Course Map


Click on the image below to see the course map:
(large PDF file may take time to load.)

Please check the elevation chart at the bottom of the map. The first half of the course is flat and fast while the second half of the course may be more challenging to runners.


Click for Marathon Course



Cool Weather ! Hot Fun !


November may just be the perfect month for running long distances - cooler temperatures usually mean faster finishes.


No need to worry about cool temperatures at the start, we'll have a warm building and heated tents for your use.


And to keep you warm after your race, every finisher will receive a FitFul™ Recovery Jacket when they cross the finish line.


fitful recovery jacket for all finishers

Unlike the mylar/ foil blankets, the FitFul™ Recovery Jacket is a reusable, yet disposable, jacket made of a 100% polypropylene, spun bound, non-woven fabric with cotton cuffs, a zippered front and hood. Water resistant, yet breathable, it is ideally suited for maintaining the athlete's core body temperature and protecting them from the elements.


Once you finish, and have your finisher's medal around your neck, it is time to join the party in the Celebration Village in Knoch Park, adjacent to the finish line. There you will find hot and cold food, beer, live music and activities for all ages!


You will know why we are giving you a jacket and not a mylar blanket - you will need BOTH hands to hold the bounty of post-race food in the Runner Food tent.


Annie's Homegrown Whole Foods Naperville Hometown Bagel
Buona Beef Two Brothers Brewing Co Aurelio's Pizza


Bananas, fruit and water will start you off. Then stop at the Whole Foods Market Bagel Bar with your choice of fresh bagels and various spreads and toppings.

Looking for gluten free? We have Annie's Homegrown gluten free snacks as well as regular Annie's snacks.

Grab a wrapped Buona Beef sandwich - warm, tender, lean, low in fat, and spiced just right with special seasonings and served in its own natural gravy on just-baked Italian bread.

Aurelio's cheese pizza



Marathon Course Video


Our friends at John Greene Realtor have put together a course video for the 2014 Naperville Marathon Course. Take a look:


Naperville Marathon Course 2014


Course video shot by John Greene Realtor

Naperville Marathon Course 2014 from Thomas Hartmann on Vimeo.



"This was truly a first class event from registration through the runner reunite area. Every detail was well thought out and executed perfectly! The race directors listened to the runners and gave them a race to remember! Also, the town of Naperville welcomed and supported this race with open arms! This was my 10th marathon and was definitely one of the best! Well done race directors, volunteers, spectators, and runners! Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!"
~ Courtney T.


©2014 Naperville Marathon