2015 Runner Info - FAQs


• Is this a good race for a first time half marathoner?


ABSOLUTELY! This is a scenic course with spectator spots along the course so your fan club can cheer you on.


• What will the weather be like on race day?


We won't predict the weather so far ahead of time but historically the day brings pleasantly cool temperatures with a high of 53 degrees and a low of 34 degrees. And cool temperatures mean faster race finishes.


• How long is the course open?


Because this race takes place in a major city, we must re-open the roads to vehicular 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.


We ask that all runners and walkers that register for this event are prepared to complete the marathon during the time restriction listed above.


Those who finish outside of the time limit will not be recorded as official finishers and may not receive full on-course support from Aid Stations and traffic personnel.


Please indicate your anticipated finish time during registration.


• Can I qualify for the 2017 Boston Marathon at this race?


Yes. If you’re trying to qualify for 2017 Boston we know how important that is to you, we are USATF certified course (Certification # forthcoming).
We’ll have pace groups, with many of them timed specifically to help you reach your 2017 Boston Qualifying goal.


• I am registered. How do I change my email address or any other personal info?


Yes, just let us know your name, confirmation number and the information that you want changed. Email changes to info@naperville26.com.



• How many runners will be on the course?


We will have 8000 runners, split between the marathon and the half marathon. Both races will start at 7:00 am.


• Will there be gear check?


Your Runner Gear Bag that you receive at the Health & Fitness Expo on race weekend will serve as your official gear check bag. There will be convenient drop off and pickup near the race start/finish area.


Be sure to put some warm clothes into your Gear Bag to put on after your race.


• Where are the aid stations?


Our on-course Aid Stations feature:

    • water and Gatorade Endurance Formula™
    • Clif Gel
    • plenty of port-a-johns
    • qualified medical personnel

Half Marathon Aid Stations:
Miles: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12


Marathon Aid Stations:
Miles: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14*, 15, 17, 18, 20*, 22, 23, 24, 25


* Clif Shot Energy Zones on the Marathon 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 medical vest as well as their race credentials.


Runner Transport vehicle wll provide non-emergency transportation back to the finish line in the event that a participant is unable to complete the race.


• What fuel will be available on the course?


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 www.fuelbelt.com/GatoradeEndurance or at a Sport-Specialty retailer near you. 


Gatorade Endurance Formula


Full Marathoners will have 2 CLIF stations handing out GEL packets to the runners (multiple flavors for you to choose from).



Gatorade Endurance Formula



• Can my friend pace me for part of the race?


NO. The only people allowed on the course during the race are registered runners. We provide an official team of pacers for you to run with. A participant who has received pacing by persons not officially participating in the event may be disqualified.


Having a friend join you for part of the race either on foot or bicycle is also frowned upon by other runners and may earn you some ill will.


• Is there an early start?


NO. Both races will start at 7:00 am. More information.


• Can I use my mp3 player?


We allow the responsible use of mp3 players, but please be aware of those around you on the course for everyone’s safety.


• Will I get a medal?


Each FINISHER in the Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon will receive their medal when they cross the finish line.


• According to my Garmin the Naperville Marathon course is longer than 26.2 miles. Was the course measured wrong?


All USATF certified courses are certified that the distance is not short. In fact the USATF has a 1/10th of 1 percent factor built in to make sure the marathon course is not short. This means all certified marathon courses measure 26.246. When courses are measured for certification they are measured on the tangents. It’s not possible for a runner to run the exact tangents and as such your Garmin shows the distance you actually ran vs. the certified, measured distance. You will run a longer course.


• Is there a wheelchair division?


Unfortunately our 2015 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.
  • Yellow Flag: Weather advisory: runners take appropriate precautions.
  • Red Flag: Extreme weather: 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.

Are there awards?


The Marathon and Half Marathon feature Top 3 overall awards, and also Age Group awards which are 3 deep for Male and Female runners:


The age of a participant on the day of the race determines his or her Age Group / Masters classification.


Age Groups:

24 and under, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-70, 70-75, and 75 and over.





• Is there a registration capacity?


Yes, our 2014 Registration was capped at 6,000 runners for the Marathon and Half Marathon.


• How fast will you sell out?


We sold out for our second straight year!


• I am injured and/or cannot run the event (family commitment, work obligation, etc.). Can I donate my entry or transfer my entry to someone else?


No. All registrations are nontransferable and non-refundable as stated in the waiver you sign when you register. Please note that according to our rules, transferring or selling registrations or bibs is not allowed and both runners will be disqualified and banned from future events.


• Can I buy someone else's bib?


No. Buying a bib is a "bib transfer" and transferring or selling registrations or bibs is not allowed. Both the buyer and the seller will be disqualified and banned from future events.


• Can someone GIVE me their bib?


No. Giving a bib is a "bib transfer" and transferring of bibs is not allowed. Both the buyer and the seller will be disqualified and banned from future events.


• Can I defer my registration?


We do not give race deferrals or refunds.




"You folks put on an amazing event from registration to the post race experience it was all VERY well done."
~ Kristin S




Race Timing


Our race will be timed using disposable timing tags which are attached to your shoe.


 pace teams


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.



Visit Naperville


Come and experience all that Naperville has to offer. Whether you are running the marathon or coming as part of your runner's fan club, Naperville has something to fit your taste. Come and experience big city styles with small town smiles! Visit Naperville!


The Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon Races follows, and participants are subject to, the rules specified by USATF. Please visit usatf.org for additional information concerning the rules mandated by the governing bodies for the sport.


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