• Is this a good race for a first time marathoner?
ABSOLUTELY! This is a scenic, flat course with numerous and easy to reach spectator spots all along the course so your fan club can cheer you on.
• Can I qualify for the Boston Marathon at this race?
Yes, the Naperville Marathon will be a Boston Marathon qualifying race.
• Will there be gear check?
Your goodie bag you receive at the expo will serve as your official gear check bag. There will be convenient drop off and pickup near the race start/finish area.
• What about aid stations?
Our on-course Aid Stations feature:
- water and Gatorade
- qualified medical personnel on the course
Qualified medical personnel will be on the course. If you are in need of assistance, get to the nearest aid station and someone will help you. If you cannot get to an aid station please alert a passing runner who will let someone know at the nearest aid station. All medical personnel will be wearing a red medical shirt as well as their race credentials.
• What is the course time cutoff?
Because this race takes place in a major city, we must open the roads to traffic according to schedule. The course road blocks will be taken down and aid stations will begin closing at a 13:45 per mile pace, which is a 6 hour total marathon time or a 3 hour total half marathon time.
• Is there an early start?
All races will start at 7:00 am, with a multi-wave start by pace times to minimize race course congestion.
• Is there a wheelchair division?
Unfortunately our 2013 course will not be able to accommodate a wheelchair division.
• Do you allow jogging strollers?
For insurance and logistical restrictions: no dogs, no strollers, no bicycles, no roller blades, no in-line skates, and no wheeled vehicles are allowed in the race.
• What is the Flag Warning System?
There will be a simple flag color system along the course to help warn participants of weather related or course related problems. Flags will be located at each aid station along the course.
- Green Flag: Running on schedule: Course and weather acceptable.
- Orange Flag: Delayed start: waiting for weather or the course to clear
- Yellow Flag: Heat advisory: runners take appropriate precautions.
- Red Flag: Extreme heat, runners advised to slow or walk.
- Black Flag: Race is closed. Make your way back to the finish line, but no official finish times will be given.
• Can I transfer my race entry to someone else?
For legal, logistical and insurance reasons all registrations are nontransferable and non-refundable as stated in the waiver you signed when you first registered. Please note that according to USATF rules transferring or selling registrations or bibs is not allowed and both runners will be disqualified and banned from future events.
Marathon Course Map (PDF)
Half Marathon Course Map (PDF)
Our events will be timed using traditional timing chips or the latest disposable timing tags which are attached to the race bib.
We are proud to announce Naperville Running Company as our Pace Group Title Sponsor. Pacers are experienced and will help guide you to a personal best.
Naperville is conveniently located close to Chicago and is easily reached from Interstate 88 or Interstate 80. It is a short drive from O'Hare and Midway airports. You can also reach Naperville by the Metra or Amtrak trains.
Hotel information coming this spring.
Runner and Spectator Guides coming this summer.
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