Saturday, May 26th
Start Time: 6:00 am*

*Half Marathoners will start at the same time and same location as the full marathoners and relay teams. 

Event Course

The course is gently rolling, with no major elevation changes (click here for course map).  The half marathon course has a few gentle rolling hills. After starting in front of the Nauvoo Temple, the first two miles are run through the streets of Old Nauvoo. You will run past several historical sites including, the Cultural Hall, the Browning Gunsmith Shop, the Post Office, Print Shop, Blacksmith Shop, Brigham Young Home, and Joseph Smith's Home and Mansion House. After running through Old Nauvoo the runners will head south on Illinois State Highway 96. The view is spectacular as you run along the Mississippi River. As you approach the end of your run, you will enter the city of Hamilton. This is where the relay teams and the marathoners will split with the half marathoners, and the half marathoners will continue straight into Hamilton and their finish line. At this split, the full marathoners and marathon relay teams will turn left and head up the 1430 county road towards Carthage. 


Nauvoo to Hamilton, Illinois

Course time limit

3 hours 30 minutes (16:02-minute-mile pace) - based on chip time

Entry Limit


2018 Half Marathon Registration Fee:

By December 31                 $60

January 1-April 30               $75

May 1-May 25                    $90

Included with your registration:

  • 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

 Time Limits

All half marathon participants who are unable to maintain the required 16:02-minute-mile pace at the 6 and 10 mile aid station will be removed from the course and taken to the starting line in Nauvoo. 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.

Half marathon participants must sign a waiver during the registration process agreeing to maintain the required 16:02-minute-mile-pace to complete the half marathon in 4 hours or less. 

Shuttle Service

All half marathoners will park at the starting line in Nauvoo. A shuttle service will be provided at the finish line in Hamilton that will bring you back to the starting line in Nauvoo. 

Race T-Shirt

Every marathon participant will receive a beautiful, top-quality, long-sleeve finisher's t-shirt. Shirts and registration packet must be picked up at the check in on Friday, May 25 from 10:00 am and 7:00 pm, at the registration tent located in the State Park. 

Bib Numbers/Timing Tag

To ensure an accurate time, race bibs must be clearly visible on the front of the torso and not covered by outer apparel, unaltered and unmodified (do not fold or wrinkle) and pinned in all four corners. Please note that bib numbers will not be mailed out. They must be picked up in person at the registration booth, at the registration tent located in the State Park. Be prepared to show your photo ID to claim your bib number. Bib numbers are nontransferable and irreplaceable if lost, and entry fees are nonrefundable.

Can't pick up your bib number and race shirt at the Expo?
Not to worry!  You have a couple options. 

1) You can either have someone else pick up your bib number and race shirt for you at the expo. If someone else is going to pick up your goods, they must come with a photocopy or picture of your ID on their phone - no exceptions.

2) If you cannot make it during the regular Expo hours, you will also be able to pick them up until 12:00 PM at the Marathon Headquarters Hotel in the front lobby.

3) If you are unable to pick up your bib number and timing tag before race day, you must select the Race Day Pickup option and pay an additional $20 convenience fee when registering.  If you've already registered and want to add the convenience fee, please contact us at support@carthagemarathon.com to pay by credit card at least 48 hours in advance of the expo.  Otherwise you can just pay the $20 by cash on race morning.

Race Day Gear Check

A plastic bag will be provided during registration that must be used and provided at a check-in area near the starting line. You must label these bags to insure their identity at the finish line area. These bags will be transferred to the finish line and available at the end of your run. A picture ID is required at the time of pickup.

As a safety precaution, backpacks and duffle bags will not be accepted. Do not check any valuables and keep in mind we are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Bags may be claimed after your race. Do not discard gear at the start line. All items left at the start line, on the course or not claimed on race day will be donated to local charities.

Water Stations/Course Support

Keep yourself hydrated! Fully staffed and equipped water stations will be positioned along the course approximately every 2 miles with plenty of water and replenisher liquid.  Aid stations will be available at mile markers: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12.

Please help us keep the course clean, by using the provided trash boxes near the aid stations and along the course. This will ensure that this event continues for years to come.

Porta-potties will be available at every relay point on the course (approximately every 5 miles).


Medical resources will be available at each finish line: Half Marathon and Full Marathon finish lines.

Driving Directions to Event

Full details provided by May 1st.

Cancellation Policy

The Road to Carthage marathon run will take place rain or shine. If conditions make it unsafe or impossible to have the event, our intent would be to refund entry fees as long as the cancelled event was covered by insurance, otherwise we will transfer your fee to the following year. Our hope is that the weather or any other unforeseen conditions, won’t prevent us from running.

Consistent with the marathon running industry standard, all entry fees are NON-refundable and cannot be deferred toward a future event. Bib numbers are NON- transferable. The selling and/or giving away of a Carthage Marathon bib number is not allowed and will result in disqualification of both the original bib owner and the runner using the bib number. Both runners will be prohibited from participation in the Carthage Marathon for a minimum of two years.


In recognition of their accomplishment, all half marathon finishers will receive a beautiful medal after completing the marathon.

There is NO prize money in this inaugural year for the half marathon, but there will be a special award for the first 5 finishers for both male and female divisions.

Awards will be given during the post race party.

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 28th.
  2. After May 28th your award will have to be shipped to you. You must pay the shipping charge of $10.00.  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. 

Drug Testing

Athletes who participate in this competition are subject to formal drug testing in accordance with USA Track and Field and IAAF Rule 55. Athletes found positive for banned substances, or who refuse the test will be disqualified from this event and will be ineligible for future competitions. Some prescription and over-the-counter medications contain banned substances. Call the USO Drug Hotline at 800/233-0393 for information regarding drugs and for testing.