On April 24th and 25th, Champaign-Urbana hosted the 2015 Illinois Marathon. The 5K was held on Friday and the 10K, half marathon, and full marathon were held on Saturday. This was the 6th year Champaign-Urbana hosted this event and it is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.
This year, the weather proved to be not as nice as in years past. Around 10:15 am on Saturday, lightning was spotted, so the remainder of the marathon was cancelled for safety reasons. Runners that were still out on the course were either bussed by MTD back to Memorial Stadium, or alerted by the police out on the course. People in their homes were asked ahead of time to open up their doors to the runners if necessary. Runners that were close enough to the finish line were allowed to finish up the race.
Despite the rainy and cold weather, everyone at the event still pushed through it and had an enjoyable and rewarding time. Senia Hernandez, a sophomore at Centennial, was volunteering for the marathon at Memorial Stadium. She told us, “Everyone I talked to was so nice and welcoming. It was a very loving community to be around.”
The fastest male and female of the marathon was David Tuwei, at 2 hours 23 minutes and 48 seconds, and Jackie Pirtle-Hall, at 2 hours 54 minutes and 45 seconds.
The fastest for the half marathon was Sammy Rotich, at 1 hour 6 minutes, and 46 seconds, and Grace Kahura, at 1 hour 17 minutes and 14 seconds.
The fastest for the 5K was Michael Frintner, at 16 minutes and 18 seconds, and Jessica Franklin, at 19 minutes and 30 seconds.
The fastest for the 10K was Brian Bundren, 35 minutes and 36 seconds, and Jackie Rzepecki at 40 minutes and 42 seconds.
Thanks to everyone who came out and made it such a great Illinois Marathon!
Written with Kelly Braghini