Fox Valley Marathon Info

Advocate Dreyer Marathon, Half Marathon, Fall Final 20™

Date: Sunday, September 17, 2017

Starting Location:

  • Illinois and First Streets, St. Charles, IL (MAP)

Start Times:

  • Sunday, September 17 at 7:00 AM – All races will start together. Chip timing and a wave start will insure a congestion-free start.

2016 Course Maps: (2017 Course Maps are COMING SOON!)

Event Information

Packet Pickup: See complete information for our race weekend Expo and Packet Pickup. We are also offering an early packet pickup in Chicago.
There will be no race day packet pickup. Photo ID required.

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.

 “Even picking up your packet was a great experience because they wanted to get to know each runner and were very encouraging.”
M. M. from Illinois

Race Shirts: All registered runners will receive a long sleeve technical race shirt. Shirts will be size and gender specific.

Finisher Medals: Race specific medals will be given to all race finishers who complete the course within the (6 hour marathon) course closing deadline.

Pace Groups: Pace Groups are a great ‘big race’ feature to help you find other runners with the same race goal, and provide professional pace leaders to help guide you to that goal throughout the race.  They will be back again for the marathon, the half marathon and Fall Final 20™.

Travel: The Fox Valley is 45 miles due west of Chicago, with easy access from Chicago O’Hare, Chicago Midway, and Rockford airports.

There are many hotel options in St. Charles and neighboring Geneva, North Aurora and Aurora. Compare and book your room online.

Prize Money:
The Fox Valley Marathon is not offering prize money.
“The journey is the reward” ~ Chinese Proverb

All awards are based on age on race day. (Technically, I guess they are also based on gender on race day.)
Full and Half Marathon
Overall awards will be available for the full and half marathon as follows …

  • Female: 1st – 3rd place
  • Male: 1st– 3rd place
  • Masters Female: 1st– 3rd place
  • Masters Male: 1st– 3rd place

In addition, awards will be given to the top 3 female and male runners** in the following categories:
24 and under, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 and over
** Overall award winners above are excluded from age group awards

Fall Final 20™
Awards will be available for the Fall Final 20™ as follows …

  • Female, 1st– 3rd place
  • Male, 1st– 3rd place
  • Masters Female, 1st– 3rd place
  • Masters Male, 1st– 3rd place

Since the Fall Final 20™ is designed as a training run for your upcoming marathon, age group awards will not be offered.


2016 Race Guides

More info…

Join us for the fifth annual Fox Valley Marathon, Half Marathon and Fall Final 20™ on September 17, 2017. The Fox Valley Marathon Races is one of the premier fall running events in Chicagoland.

Combining small race atmosphere with big race amenities, the Fox Valley Marathon is an ideal marathon for both veterans looking for a fast course to qualify for the Boston Marathon (21% of 2011 runners qualified) as well as first time marathoners looking for an uncrowded, supportive, family-friendly race setting. (23% of 2011 runners were first timers).

Whether you’re looking for a last shot at Boston Qualification, to augment your training for the Chicago Marathon, or for a hassle-free, fun, picturesque and fully supported race day, the three courses wind along flat, tree lined roads and paths overlooking the scenic Fox River.

The Fox Valley Marathon is the right race for the right reason for the right person – YOU.  Starting and ending in historic downtown St Charles, IL, the course winds through picturesque Geneva, Batavia, North Aurora, and Aurora to a spectacular finish across the Fox River that can be seen from over a mile away.  The course offers fantastic viewing spots for families and supporters, as well as frequent and well positioned aid stations that are staffed by the most supportive volunteer teams of any race you’ve run.

All 3 of last year’s races sold out, and our 2015 runners loved our course, our volunteers, our host communities, and everything about the Fox Valley Marathon.

Don’t miss the 2017 races!  Be sure to register early!