Illinois half-marathon, relay close to being full.

The limit for the number of runners in the Illinois Half-Marathon has been increased, but that race and the marathon relay are likely to be full by the weekend.

The directors of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon recently increased the cap for the half-marathon from 6,000 to 6,500 runners. The half-marathon reached 6,000 runners on about March 10.

There were 6,371 runners registered for the half-marathon as of Wednesday night, and race Co-Director Jan Seeley said it won’t take more than a couple of days to reach 6,500. The limit on the number of runners won’t be raised again, she said.

Likewise, the marathon relay had 288 teams registered as of Wednesday night, and it will also reach its 300-team limit soon.

 “We made the decision to go to 6,500 before it filled because we could see the writing on the wall,” Seeley said. “We knew it would be way, way, way too far away from the race to close the half-marathon.”

She said the full marathon is at about 2,100 runners, but it likely won’t reach its 3,000-runner limit. That means the race directors can increase the number of runners in the half-marathon and still have the same number of runners on the course as expected.

There is still plenty of space available in the 5K race, but registrations are “really starting to climb,” Seeley said.

The number of registered 5K runners is approaching 2,000, and the race has a 5,000-runner limit.

The races are May 1. For race information or to register for a race, see the Illinois Marathon Web site at www.illinoismarathon.com.

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