FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What do I receive with my paid entry fee?
Each full, half marathon, and relay participant will receive: 

  • A long-sleeve, top-quality, t-shirt
  • One ticket for pasta feed (Additional Tickets - $12 Adult, $6 For children 10 and under)
  • Support stations
  • Inaugural year Finisher's medal
  • Free Admission to Post Race Party Pork Barbecue
  • Tasty and nutritious refueling foods and drink at the Finish Line

Is there a shuttle to the starting line or from the finish line?

HALF MARATHON: All half marathoners will park at the starting line in Nauvoo. (Locations for parking will be given in the "Runner's Guide" posted on May 15th and available at the Expo.) A shuttle service will be provided at the finish line in Hamilton that will bring you back to the starting line in Nauvoo. 

FULL MARATHON: All full marathoners should park at the finish line in Carthage. (Locations for parking will be given in the "Runner's Guide" posted on May 15th and available at the Expo.) A shuttle service will be provided when you park in Carthage that will bring you to the starting line in Nauvoo. 

When does online registration close?
Online registration will close no later than at 5:00 p.m. CST on Tuesday, May 23rd. If the event is not sold out In-person registration will be available at the Registration & Fitness Expo on Friday, May 26 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Where can I check if I am registered?
Coming soon. We will have all registrations listed on our website. Check back. In the meantime you can email: support@carthagemarathon.com and inquire.

Can walkers do the full or half marathon?
The half-marathon is walker-friendly but the full marathon is not. 

The marathon has a strict policy of finishing in 6 1/2 hours or less (14:53-minute-per-mile-pace) All full marathon participants who are unable to maintain the required 14:53-minute-mile pace will be redirected to the half marathon finish line. Since the State of Illinois does not yield right-of-way to pedestrians it is strongly encouraged that you don't try to continue running on a reopened road. Anyone who reaches the 12 mile marker in more than a 14:53-minute-mile pace (2:58:36 time) will be directed to the half marathon finish line and be required to finish their run at that time.

Both the full and half marathon time limits are based on chip time, meaning the time limit countdown begins the moment the participant's timing chip passes over the start line timing mat.

Do any charities benefit from this event?

Yes! Proceeds from the event will go to the History of the Saints project, and to the local Hancock County Food Pantries.

Please note:  Full marathon participants must sign a waiver during the registration process agreeing to maintain the required 14:53-minute-mile-pace to complete the marathon in 6 1/2 hours or less. 


Where does the Registration & Expo take place?

In the old Nauvoo schoolhouse. It is now used by Motley Fitness. Address is: 1450 Mulholland St, Nauvoo, IL

There is parking around in the back. 

How do I get my bib number and timing tag?
Your bib number with your timing tag attached and race shirt will all be available for pickup at the expo on Friday May 26th from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. You must provide a photo ID to pick up your bib number. You will use your bib number to pick up your race shirt.

Shirts must be picked up at the Expo during regular Expo hours. Shirts will not be mailed.  At the Expo, you will first pick up your bib number and will then use your bib number to pick up your shirt. While we will do all we can to ensure you receive the shirt sizes you request, unfortunately we cannot make any guarantees.

I can't pick up my bib number before race day. Can I pick it up race morning?
Yes.  If you are unable to pick up your bib number and timing tag before race day, you can pick it up race morning for a $20 fee.  You can pay the $20 fee in cash on race morning if you didn't prepay before.

Can I have someone pick up my bib number and timing tag for me?
Yes; however, they must come with a photocopy or picture of your ID on their phone - no exceptions.

What is the refund policy? 

Your entry fee is non-refundable. 

What is the transfer policy? 

In this inaugural year there is no transfer policy.

Participating with a bib number and timing tag not officially assigned to you is not permitted. If race officials discover that this has occurred, you and the original registered participant will be banned from this event and future events.

What amenities are offered on the marathon and half marathon course? 
Support stations, providing water and energy drink, are located at mile 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22 and 24.  Porta-potties will be available at each relay point (Approximately every 5-miles).  Energy Gel will be available at approximately mile 4, 8, 13, 15, 17, 19 and 22.

What is the policy for the use of headphones during the race? 
For your safety and the safety of your fellow participants, you are encouraged NOT to use iPods, MP3 players, or similar devices during the race. However, if you choose to use such a device, it is recommended that you keep the volume at a level at which you are aware of your environment, can hear course directions and any emergency situations which may arise.

Will there be timing clocks or split time callers on the course?
There are no timing clocks or split time callers on the course. If you're interested in tracking your time on race day, plan to wear or carry your GPS/timing device on race day. 

Will medals be presented to full and half marathon finishers? 
Yes, gorgeous finisher medals are presented to each marathon, marathon relay, and half marathon finisher upon completion of the race in the finish line chute. Participants who are disqualified because they were not able to complete the event in the specified time limits are excluded (see "Are there course time limits?" above). 

Is the Road to Carthage Marathon a Boston Marathon qualifier?

Yes. The Road to Carthage Marathon is a qualifier to Boston.

Is the Road to Carthage Marathon USAT&F sanctioned?
Yes. The Road to Carthage Marathon and Half Marathon are both run on certified and sanctioned courses.

What are the categories for age group awards? 

In recognition of their accomplishment, all full, half, and relay marathon finishers will receive a beautiful medal after completing the marathon. In addition, age group awards are also given.

In addition, age group awards are also given in the FULL marathon. Awards will be offered to the first three finishers, male and female, in the following age groups: 17 & under, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80+.

The top five male and female finishers in the half marathon will receive a special award, in addition to the top 10 finishers of the full marathon in for both men and women.

Awards will be given during the post race party. Post Race party will be held in the Carthage Veterinary Clinic Lot directly across from the Legacy Theater, on 303 North 2nd Street, in Carthage.

If you’re unable to pick up your award on race day, here are two other ways to receive it:

  1. Pick it up at the Marathon Headquarters (Nauvoo Family Inn and Suites Hotel) through Monday, May 29th.
  2. After May 29th your award will have to be shipped to you. You must pay the shipping charge of $5.00.  You can either call us to pay by credit card or send a check payable to Sports In Motion, LLC, mailed to 405 37th Street Place, Sioux City, Iowa 51104.

Please note: age group awards will be based on net chip time and prize money will be based on clock time.

Are there minimum age requirements for the full marathon or half marathon?

Although there are no official minimum age requirements for either the full marathon or the half marathon, we recommend full marathon participants be at least 16 years old on race day and all half marathon participants be at least 12 years old on race day. All participants under 18 must have their event waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian. In addition, we recommend everyone under 16 years of age on race day be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian (who is also registered for the event) during his/her participation.

Is there a racing chair or handcycle division?
No.

Can a participant push another individual in a wheelchair?
No, the course is not conducive to pushing any type of wheelchair.

What is the average weather on race day? 
58 degrees Fahrenheit at the start warming to an average of 78 degrees. 

When will the results be posted?
Results will be available online the day of your race, with a link posted on our homepage. 

Can I have someone pace me or participate with me in any way along the route?

Unofficial pacers, cyclists, skaters or anyone not registered for the race are strictly prohibited.

Are strollers allowed?
No, the course is not conducive to wheelchairs or strollers. 

Are dogs allowed?
Though we love animals, dogs or pets of any kind are not allowed at the race or the expo. 

I have a question not addressed here, who do I contact?
Please email us at support@carthagemarathon.com