CHAMPAIGN -- Get your racing gear ready, because it's almost time to sign up for next year's Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.
DAYTON, OH -- A marathon in Ohio is going to look a lot like the one here in Illinois.
URBANA -- The racing shoes are put away and the streets are cleaned up, but generosity from this year's Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon will keep on giving.
CHAMPAIGN -- WCIA-3's Cynthia Schweigert ran the half-marathon and snapped this picture on the course.
CHAMPAIGN-URBANA -- Organizing traffic for the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon is always a big undertaking.
CHAMPAIGN-URBANA -- Little legs take on a marathon all their own.
CHAMPAIGN-URBANA -- An important part of race day is keeping runners hydrated.
CHAMPAIGN -- Despite extra security, excitement at Memorial Stadium was running high for the Illinois Marathon.
CHAMPAIGN -- Runners had their first taste of triumph Friday as the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon kicked off.
CHAMPAIGN -- People are gearing up for race day with carbs.
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Ultra runner Will Harlan runs in some of the most intense courses in some of the most primitive gear, and he does it all a world away. But this weekend, he is here for the Christie Clinic Illinios Marathon.
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CHAMPAIGN -- Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon organizers remind spectators of race rules.
Update: 10:04 pm
URBANA -- Hundreds turned out to the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Expo Thursday night.
While thousands of people run the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, it takes thousands to run the show. It wouldn't be possible without volunteers.
Officers get help from a special volunteer during the marathon. Frank Pagel is their "eye in the sky."
With more than 20,000 people hitting the streets, the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon requires a lot of legwork before the event.
CHAMPAIGN -- Police are getting extra help watching out for runners and spectators at the Illinois Marathon.
CHAMPAIGN -- City workers are preparing the roads for this weekend's Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.
CHAMPAIGN -- Before the marathon starts, a lot of banners and signs have to make it to the course.
SAVOY -- A group is making sure kids have new shoes for school.
CHAMPAIGN -- This weekend, thousands of runners will go for the gold.
CHAMPAIGN -- If your kids are looking for a way to get involved in the Illinois Marathon, it's not too late.
CHAMPAIGN -- As we continue to watch the Boston Marathon bombing aftermath unfold, some in our community are trying to help.
CHAMPAIGN -- If you're running in the Illinois Marathon, you might notice some changes.
CHAMPAIGN -- More spots are opening for this year's Illinois Marathon but only for some races and for a limited time.
CHAMPAIGN-URBANA -- In the midst of Monday's chaos in Boston, organizers for a race in our own back yard re-evaluated security plans.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- Employees of a global publishing company are coming together in support of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.
CHAMPAIGN -- The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon needs volunteers to help runners on the course.
CHAMPAIGN -- Ebertfest is just around the corner.
CHAMPAIGN -- You don't have to be a runner to take part in the Illinois Marathon.
CHAMPAIGN -- The city is gearing up for the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.
CHAMPAIGN-One of the city's biggest events is getting off to a running start.
CHAMPAIGN -- For some people, running in the Illinois Marathon was an ultimate goal.
CHAMPAIGN -- The race is underway, but volunteers and runners were early birds.
CHAMPAIGN -- Runners at the Illinois Marathon can celebrate with 500-lbs of pasta!
CHAMPAIGN -- The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon is tomorrow.
CHAMPAIGN -- Let's see what the runners win!
CHAMPAIGN -- The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon gets underway.
More than 20,000 people are in town for the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.
The main event kicks off tonight and as we speak the marathon organizers are frantically putting the final pieces together.
But who would be crazy enough to head-up a huge under-taking like this?
WCIA 3's Cynthia Schweigert is taking us behind scenes and putting who runs the race in perspective.