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Movie Madness Half Marathon - Harrisburg

Quick facts

Distance Half marathon

About Movie Madness Half Marathon - Harrisburg

Whether you are embarking on your first half marathon, looking for a scenic Fall race, a great warm-up race for the Chicago, Milwaukee and Twin Cities Marathons, this is the race for you!

The Verizon Half Madness Half Marathon will begin at 7 am in downtown Batavia, Illinois. Our race route is a mix of flat to rolling terrain that will bring athletes through the beautiful residential streets of Batavia and along the winding Fox River. This course is designed for athletes from beginners to the experienced, while presenting a challenging and scenic trip through the Fox River Valley. Our race is very spectator friendly, offering several viewing point where runners can see their supporters within walking distance of downtown. Our volunteers are second to none, and we include well stocked aid stations throughout the course.

Located less than an hour’s drive west from downtown Chicago, the city of Batavia plays host to the annual Half Madness 13.1 half marathon race, which take runners on an out-and-back loop course that winds through town on both sides of the Fox River, which cuts through the heart of this small city’s downtown districts.

Distances

Movie Madness 13.1

  • 21.082354km

Movie Madness 5K

  • 5km

Practicalities

Aid Stations

Aid stations will be spread approximately every 2 miles with porta potties are located throughout the course. Water, Gatorade and Porta Potties will be located approximately every two miles.

Award Medals

Awards will be given to the overall top 3 male and female finishers compliments of Geneva Running Outfitters. Also, age group awards will go to the top 3 finishers in the following age groups (Under 19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64 and 65+)

Timing

This race will be timed using the bibtag system meaning that there will be no chip collection or return needed! Please follow these simple instructions carefully. Not following these instructions properly may prevent you from being timed.

Start:

Houston Street in Batavia’s Riverwalk area

Harrisburg,us

Highlights

The Peapod Half Marathon will wind you through a beautiful and rolling course through all areas of Batavia IL. You will experience the historic district, the Fox River and residential sections of this fine community.

Overview

The terrain is rolling but mostly even for the race’s first four miles, following the uphill stretch right after runners leave the starting line, and takes runners past local landmarks like Memorial Field and Engstrom Park, both of which feature baseball fields, open green spaces and plenty of jogging trails.

As runners are making their way between the mile 4 and 5 markers, the race route crosses the river just north of Quarry Park, and takes the field to the other side of the river for a run along the bike path on the riverbank.

The next stretch of the course features the half marathon’s biggest uphill stretch, as runners climb roughly 100 feet in elevation between the 5th and 7th mile markers, along the bike paths that parallel the river as well as along a stretch of the Illinois Prairie Path, a network of more than 60 miles of crushed limestone rail-to-trail paths for running and cycling that lie roughly 25 miles west of Chicago. After about a mile and a half on the IPP, runners then re-join city streets with the turn onto Larkspur Lane.

The second half of the 13.1-mile course takes runners northward up through the city, and then finishes with a two-mile stretch that takes runners along both sides of the Fox River, which makes for a great way to finish the race as the river’s waters flow by and bring runners in to the finish line back at the city’s riverfront.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.