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Ottawa to host marathon, half-marathon in May

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

OTTAWA – The Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau has announced plans for a Starved Rock Country Marathon, which will be May 10.  

The event will include a full 26-mile marathon, as well as a half-marathon, beginning and ending in Ottawa. The full route will be announced later this month.

“We’re hoping the Starved Rock Country runners, their friends and family will be spending nights in our hotels, eating in our restaurants, shopping our unique stores and visiting local sites,” Bob Navarro, Heritage Corridor CVB president and CEO, said in a news release.

From Morris to Princeton, Mendota to Streator, all of the towns have the potential to see benefit from the May 10 marathon, he added.  

“We encourage all Grundy County area hotels, restaurants, tourism attractions, local shops and businesses to get into the racing spirit,” Navarro said.  

Planners are expecting as many as 2,000 runners.

The Starved Rock Country Marathon will start at 7 a.m. in Ottawa with the half-marathon set to begin at 7:15 a.m. The all-road race will be on a certified U.S. track and field course and will be a qualifier eligible race.

The route will be challenging, as it will cover elevations and hills typical to the Starved Rock Country region, Navarro said.  

The cost for runners will be $80 for the full and $60 for the half-marathon.

Registration for the event can be made through the new website, www.starvedrockcountrymarathon.com. 

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