Springfield Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Springfield Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K   Sunday, October 15, 2017 • Springfield, IL • Course Map   Famous as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln, Morris Day and Bobby McFerrin, this home of more than 200,000 people plays host in the fall to the Springfield Clinic Springfield Marathon, which also features a half marathon, 3/4 marathon, quarter marathon and a four-person marathon relay.   All four races will follow an out-and-back route that starts and finishes at the University of Illinois-Springfield, whose more than 5,000 students go to class on a campus that backs up onto the shoreline of Lake Springfield.   From there, runners will wind their way first through campus and then onto the bridge that crosses the lake, where they’ll head over into Center Park and the Henson Robinson Zoo.   Next, the course follows a brief, L-shaped out-and-back along East Lake Shore Drive and Honeywell Road, where runners reach the turnaround point.   After that, the race heads back along roads the runners have just run, taking them back across the lake and into the campus of Lincoln Land Community College, keeping them close to the lakeshore along the next few miles.   The last few miles of the race bring runners back into the UIS campus, along Shepherd Road, Toronto Road, 11th Street and Ernest Hemingway Drive, followed by stretches along Eliza Farnham Drive and Richard Wright Drive, named for the famous 19th-century-era novelist, abolitionist and feminist, and the author of the legendary novels Black Boy and Native Son, respectively.   Most of the race features only gentle rolling hills, offering runners an excellent chance to record excellent times.   The race, which is sponsored by the Springfield Clinic, will also offer training programs — 18 weeks for the full marathon, 16 weeks for the half marathon and 10 weeks for the 10K (see the race website for more info). Race Weather & Climate   Located in central southern Illinois, about 200 miles southwest of Chicago and roughly 95 miles northeast of St. Louis, Mo., Springfield typically sees October temperatures that average between 44°F and 67°F, while rainfall totals average just over 2.6 inches, making October the city’s fourth-driest month of the year.   On the day of the race (Oct. 15), the average low is 44°F and the average high is 67°F. Past Results   See the race route map for the Springfield Half Marathon. Starting Time 7:30 AM Fees   $50 – $70 for the half marathon $70 – $90 for the full marathon $35 – $55 for the 10K $30 – $50 for the 5K   Registration To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of the Springfield Clinic Marathon, Half Marathon or 10K race, register online at the event website. Official Race Website www.springfieldmarathon.com Facebook Conversations Ever run in the Springfield Half Marathon? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments below. See more races in: October, Illinois Join 46,000+ who get the world’s most amazing, challenging and scenic half marathons, every week in your inbox. Official Race Website www.springfieldmarathon.com
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About Jerry Schaver

Personal History of Jerry Group Director of the 50 and DC Marathon Group from 2002 to 2011 Jerry was born and raised in a small community in Albany, Illinois along the muddy Mississippi river. Jerry still resides in Albany today. He is the youngest son of three boys. He graduated from Fulton High school in 1977. He has one daughter, Nichole and grandsons, Hunter and Nolan. Jerry works for Alcoa Mill Products in Bettendorf, Iowa. Jerry also does volunteer work for the Special Olympics, YWCA, and local races in the community. His life lessons were learned from his grandfather on how to be compassionate with others and to make life simple. Jerry enjoys many hobbies. Hiking in the woods, enjoying the nature and wildlife, or viewing the mountains, and maybe climbing a few too! Motorcycle riding has became his new passion, along with bicycle riding. Jerry bikes either to help recover from injuries, or for an alternative to training. Recently he has got his grandson involved in bike riding with a trail along bike. The two of them enjoy riding on the local bike path. Weight-lifting is an important hobby but also a great tool for marathon training. Jerry was a heavy smoker and overweight when he decided to take up running to get back into shape in 1994. He first tried out small races but went on to do his first marathon in 1995 in Chicago. He had no experience and no one to give him advice and learned that day he had a lot to learn yet. Jerry became determined that running marathons was something he wanted to continue to do. Jerry became a member of the 50 and DC Marathon Group in 1999 after completing 20 states as in the old rules. After being in the group a few years he felt there was a need to have a website to help with the growing number of members. Jerry with the help of his web-designer friend Bob developed a website for the group in 2001. He also is the web host of the website, taking care of all the members’ stats and etc. Jerry was the Group Director of the 50 and DC Marathon Group since December 1, 2002. Through his travels on marathons, he has developed many friendships around the world. Jerry has traveled twice to Cuba with World T.E.A.M. Sports to run marathons, but the main goal of the trips was to help the disabled Cuban athletes with hand-cycles and medical injury prevention. His compassion for helping the disabled has enabled him to help them with their goals of doing marathons by allowing them to join the 50 and DC Group under special rules. Long term goals for Jerry include running marathons in Russia and Ireland. And hopefully in the future have his two grandsons by his side running a marathon with him. Jerry lives by his motto of “I can, I will, I’ll try, I do.”