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Shawnee Marathon The Shawnee Marathon was named the 5th best road race in the State of Illinois according to “Best of Illinois”

Located in the heart of southern Illinois, the Shawnee Marathon is the premier Marathon in the region. The event features a full Marathon and Half-Marathon distance. Beginning in 2017, we are adding a 10K distance as well. This is a certified Boston Marathon Qualifier course!

What is the number one outdoor recreation tourist attraction in the State of Illinois? What do runners, walkers, hunters, fishermen, bicyclists, hikers, sightseers, birdwatchers, horseback riders, campers, families and other lovers of the great outdoors know that you might want to know about?

The Shawnee National Forest is the answer to both questions!

The Shawnee Marathon is nestled in beautiful Southeastern Illinois, Saline County, near the City of Harrisburg. The area is known as the Gateway to the Shawnee National Forest. Perhaps, it is best known as being Garden of the Gods Country!

Once you’ve seen the Shawnee National Forest, the Garden of the Gods and other Saline County area natural wonders, you’ll never see Illinois the same way again. With its jaw dropping natural beauty, the area’s landscape is one of the most scenic areas in the midwest featuring sandstone rock formations, high vistas, rolling meadows, tall trees, acres of farmland, fresh air, and just a serene overall atmosphere. 

After completing the Marathon, you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t travel the short distance to the Garden of the Gods, which features 320 million year old sandstone rock formations and inspiring views that will leave you with lasting memories.

The Shawnee Marathon is under new management beginning in 2016. RTS Sports (Run To Succeed, LLC) has taken over ownership of the event. Our goal is to improve upon previous years and provide the best marathon in the region.

The 5th Annual Event is scheduled for Saturday, October 28, 2017. We sincerely hope you will join us!