If you want to run the Illinois Half-Marathon on May 1 and didn’t get registered before the race filled, you still have a chance.
The marathon organizers are opening up 100 more spots in the half-marathon. Runners who want to do the half-marathon can register online only beginning at noon Friday.
The half-marathon limit was originally 6,000 and the race reached that number March 10. Race organizers raised it to 6,500 earlier this month, because the marathon was not likely to reach its 3,000-runner limit and they felt the race could accommodate more runners.
Even after the race reached 6,500 and online registration closed, mail-in registrations were still coming in, said Jan Seeley, a co-director of the marathon. The half-marathon has about 6,600 entrants now.
The race organizers recently decided to add 100 more spots.
“The 100 additional spots were what felt we could comfortably get in,” Seeley said.
The marathon relay cap has also been increased, from 300 teams to 375. There are 316 teams registered now.
Runners can register on the marathon’s Web site, at www.illinoismarathon.com.