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CHAMPAIGN — The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon could add a mile run next year to the marathon and relay, half marathon, 10K, 5K and youth run.

"The mile would be a straight shot on Green Street," said the races' co-director, Jan Seeley.

Also, there could be minor changes to the course because it has to be recertified every 10 years.

"Nothing major," said the other veteran co-director, Mike Lindemann.

The certification is necessary so that, among other factors, marathon runners can be eligible for the Boston Marathon.

In August, the certifier will make course measurements, using a bicycle and counter, he said.

Lindemann would like to eventually make changes that include adding a park, such as Urbana's Crystal Lake, or run into Savoy, but there are safety obstacles such as railroad tracks and heavy traffic on Windsor Road.

The 2020 dates will be April 23-25, the week after the Roger Ebert Film Festival.

If you're registered by April 1, Seeley said, your name will be on a pace car supplied by Napleton Auto Park in Urbana.

Seeley hopes that any course changes would cut down the need for volunteers by about 30.

Seeley said she had a few thoughts from 2019, mostly about how personal the race is to participants.

"We're hearing from people who have run races all over the world about our attention to detail; we've been lauded for that."

This year's registration number of 13,840 was down a touch from last year's 14,672, with new marathons adding competition.

"There weren't many late entries for the youth run because of the weather," Seeley said. "That would have put us over."

Shirts and medals will have to be ordered before the end of 2019, she said.


Paul Wood is a reporter at The News-Gazette. His email is, and you can follow him on Twitter (@pvawood).