20 October 2019
Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. This vibrant, thriving city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, world-class parks, diverse worship options, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. With all the amenities of a modern city and all the charm of a small town, Naperville truly is the premiere community in which to live, work and play.With that being said, the Healthy Driven Naperville Marathon is the place to be!!More than 4,000 runners crossed the finish line each year at the Healthy Driven Naperville Marathon & Half Marathon, with just over 1,000 of those finishers in the full marathon and more than 3,000 in the half marathon, at a race that features a largely fast and flat course here less than an hour outside Chicago.
The race begins near the Naperville city center along Eagle Street, alongside the campus of Naperville Central High School and across the street from Naperville Cemetery and Sportsman Park. From there, the course heads first south and east, to Pioneer Park and over the first of two bridge crossings over the DuPage River.The final few miles unfold through residential neighborhoods and past Lake Osborne and Quarry Lake, before heading around the Naper Settlement, an outdoor history museum whose most notable structure is probably the 12-room Martin Mitchell Mansion, which dates back to 1883.Runners cross the finish line back in front of the lake along Eagle Street, and then make their way to the post-race party.
Runner and spectators are advised to ARRIVE EARLY to allow time to find parking and get settled before heading to the Start Line. Runners and spectators have two options for parking: Parking decks/lots, and on-street parking (limited). There is also a runner drop off/pick up area within walking distance to the Start/Finish Line. Parking is FREE in all downtown Naperville parking decks, municipal surface lots and on-street. There are no time limits for vehicles parked downtown on Sunday.
A runner drop off and pick up area is located on the south side of Van Buren Ave., just east of Eagle St. The Start/Finish and Race Village areas are located a few blocks south of the drop off and pick up area.
This year’s Healthy Driven Naperville Marathon & Half Marathon course will feature 14 Aid Stations on the FULL course. Every aid station will have: Water, Gatorade, Endurance Formula, Medical Team – Edward Hospital, medical staff, Porta Potties.
Runners must be 18 or older on race day to register for the marathon. Runners age 15 and over on race day can register for the half marathon, but should be sure it will not interfere with their high school team eligibility before registering.
Each FINISHER of the Healthy Driven Naperville Marathon or Half Marathon will receive their medal when they cross the finish line. The Marathon and Half Marathon feature Top 3 overall awards, and also Age Group awards, which are 3 deep for Male and Female runners: The age of a participant on the day of the race determines his or her Age Group / Masters classification. Age Groups: 24 and under, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75 and over.
Our race will be timed using disposable timing tags, which are attached to your shoe.
Because this race takes place in a major city, we must re-open the roads to vehicular traffic according to schedule. The course road blocks will be taken down and aid stations will begin closing at a 13:45 per mile pace, which is a 6 hour total marathon time or a 3 hour total half marathon time.