Frequently Asked Questions


Where is the Fox Valley?

The race start in St Charles IL is due west of Chicago and is convenient from Chicago O’Hare, Chicago Midway, or Rockford airports.

Is the race a Boston Qualifier? What year Boston?

Yes, Fox Valley 2017 occurs the Sunday before Week Two of the 2018 Boston General Registration. The course and race size and timing make it an ideal candidate for those looking for a last chance to get into Boston, and with good weather, it has been among the top 25 US qualifying races (based on % of finishers.) The Fox Valley Marathon Races also includes the nation’s best Boston Qualifier (Last Chance BQ.2), 1 week earlier on Sept 9th, starting in the neighboring town of Geneva and sharing some of the Fox Valley Marathon course.

Is the course flat?

The course is gentle.  Anyone from outside Illinois (or Florida) would call it flat.  It does have some small rollers in mile 5 (all races) and 19 (marathon) but these are neither long nor high and many runners prefer the variation to a completely flat marathon.

What is the typical race day weather?

Summer heat and humidity typically break during the first half of September. Average lows for mid-September are in the mid 50’s and highs are in the mid 70’s, ideal conditions for watching and spectating?

Is it a good race for first timers?

The course, the weather, the no-hassle start, and our summer course preview runs make it ideal for first timers, taking much of the anxiety out of your first half or full.  And a half / full combination means that regardless of you half pace, you will finish in the of the action ahead of most marathoners.

What is the minimum age to participate in the Fox Valley Marathon Races?

Runners must be 18 years of age or older to participate in the Fox Valley Marathon Races.

Is there a time cutoff?

Yes, we have to re-open the roads to allow for traffic, so runners must keep a 13:45 per mile pace (3 hour half marathon, 6 hour marathon).  This is strictly enforced for the marathon and for the first 5 miles of all races, before the course moves to the path.

Are there pacers?

Yes, Geneva Running Outfitters offers pace leaders for 16 different times from 3:10 – 6:00 for the full, and 7 times, 1:30 – 3:00 for the half.

Do you give finisher medals and age group awards?

Yes, each race has a unique medal, and our runners love them.  Multi-Year runners also get a 2nd “Endurance Medal” showing off their streak of consecutive finishes, and Multi-Race runners can get a huge 6″ medal for finishing any Fox Valley Race distance and the Naperville Marathon or Half.

Is there an age limit?

Yes, all runners must be 18 years or older.  No exceptions.

Do you offer race shirts?

Yes, our long sleeve gender specific tech shirts are runner favorites and can be seen all over Chicagoland and at races around the country. And as we did in 2015, we have a full graphic from sleeve to waist to neck.

How many aid stations are there?

Our 14 aid stations feature water and Gatorade with 1 aid station per mile the last 6 miles of the race, and are staffed by enthusiastic volunteers that are a highlight for our runners.

When is packet pickup?

For your convenience, packet pickup is available Friday and Saturday before the race at the race Expo, plus early pickup Sun Sept 10 in Chicago at Fleet Feet Sport Old Town, 1620 N Wells St., (must pre-register for this online by 5:00 pm on Thurs Sept 7). Packets can be picked up for friends with a copy of their ID. For those who cannot make either of these and cannot have a friend pick it up, we offer race morning pickup for a $30 fee. (must pre-register for this online by 5:00 pm on Sat Sept 16)

Can a friend pick up my packet?

Yes, with a copy of their ID with Date of Birth. For pre-registered race morning packet pickup, only the runner can pick up the packet.

Do you offer transfers, deferrals, or refunds?

No. No exceptions.

Do you allow switching races?

Yes, but only for those who have chosen the Race Flex OptionTM.  For those runners, race choice is available at packet pickup.  No other switching or duplicate entry is allowed.