Moonlight Marathon at Oak Ridge Cemetery
Looking for something different?
How about running through an historic, century old cemetery at night on a fully supported, closed road course that you can run solo or with your friends and family and with the goal of finishing your adventure closest to midnight.
The evening of May 3rd 2014 will be the inaugural running of the Moonlight Marathon at Oak Ridge Cemetery. On that night, you will have the option to run a full marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 6.55 mile or 5k courses under a crescent moon and in the shadow of Lincoln’s Tomb.
While final details are being worked out, organizers want to let the public know about this exciting, first ever event occurring in 2014, 2015 and beyond.
Runners embark on their adventure from the lagoon bridge near the Lincoln Park Pavilion after 5:45 p.m. and enter the cemetery through the currently closed Original Entrance on 3rd Street where almost 150 years ago President Lincoln’s body passed en route to his final resting place in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Participants will then navigate the course while passing through the beautiful yet haunting statuary and among the astounding history of the nation’s second most visited cemetery. Racers must wind their way back to the finish/exchange area using the moon, a headlamp, route reflectors and course volunteers.
While the 5k and 6.55-mile racers start at 5:45pm and run the courses for the fastest time, the full marathon and marathon relay runners can choose to begin any time after 6pm with the goal of finishing closest to midnight but without the use of any GPS, phone or timing device.
The Half Marathon runner’s will begin at 7pm so they can get one lap in twilight and one lap in darkness. This will be a timed race with overall awards going to the top 3 male and females.
These unique night time road runs are being hosted as a fundraiser for the Oak Ridge Cemetery Foundation to renovate the “Original Entrance and Gates “ on 3rd Street and to provide a never before chance to run at night in the cemetery in a controlled, safe environment with safety and race personnel on site. The Oak Ridge Cemetery Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization.
On-line registration is open with the links at the top and bottom of this page. Keep an eye on the website www.triharderpromotions.com, FB and emails from email@example.com for emerging details and the latest updates.
Fees are at their lowest now through February 28th:
Through Feb 28th March 1st through 31st April 1st through Race day
5K - $25 $30 $35
6.55 mi - $40 $45 $50
Half Marathon $60 $65 $70
Marathon- $75 $85 $90
Marathon Relay $220 $240 $260
Stuff We All Get (SWAG)
Each participant in the 5k fun/run receives on-course support, a gender specific race shirt, finisher gift “to raise the dead”, food and drink in the Lincoln Park Pavilion after the race with live music.
All 6.55 mile, Marathon Relay (up to 4 runners), Half Marathon and Marathon participants will each receive on-course support, a gender specific race shirt and food and drink in the Lincoln Park Pavilion after the race with live music and a Finisher Medal.
The Moonlight Marathon Course is a chip timed 6.55 mile loop (4 loops) lined with reflectors, cones and route arrows to guide you along the roads of Oak Ridge Cemetery. The course will open at 6pm for individuals and relay teams with a finish goal of 12 midnight. The latest time a runner can begin the marathon is 9pm. PLEASE NOTE: As this is a loop course, no participant will be allowed to start a new loop after 11:20pm.
All Marathon (4 loops), Half Marathon (2 loops) and Marathon Relay (4 loops)participants must provide their own headlamp, flashlight or knuckle light and wear the race provided glow necklace at all times.
Beware: this may be the most challenging marathon course in the nation! But, take whatever time you need to cover the distance because your time on this race does not matter! Slower runners and even walkers have a chance of winning this event because all that matters is finishing closest to midnight without going over. The majority of the race is on paved roads that wind, meander, climb and descend in one of the most beautiful venues you can imagine. However, please keep in mind that runners will be immersed in total darkness with only their headlamp, course reflectors, cones, route arrows and volunteers to guide them through the cemetery. The only traffic on the course will be course monitors and bike safety patrol.
Marathon participants choose their own starting time based on the predicted pace with a finish time goal of midnight on May 3rd. Teams of 2,3 or 4 people choose their own starting time based on the predicted pace with a finish of midnight. The course will be open at 6pm for individuals and relay teams but the latest time a relay or marathoner can begin is 9:00pm. Relay participants will run with a baton containing the timing chip, which will be handed to the next runner at the lagoon bridge exchange area. The loss of the baton means no time is recorded.
The course closes at 1:00am and anyone still on the course at that time will be escorted back to the finish area. If a marathoner or relay member has not started their last loop by 11:20pm, they will be stopped from starting it.
6.55 mile and 5k Fun/Run Walkers and Runners
The 6.55 mile race is one loop of the marathon course and is chip timed with overall awards to the top 3 male and female runners. The 5k course consists of a scenic route that is beginner friendly; it will be chip timed. No awards will be given but all entrants receive a finisher gift. For safety reasons, any walkers are asked to line up behind the runners.
The Half Marathon is a chip timed race beginning at 7pm. It consists of two loops of the 6.55 mile course and runners should expect a twilight loop and a total darkness loop. Headlamps, flashlights or knuckle lights should be used and the glow necklace must be worn while on the course.
PLEASE NOTE: All kids under the age of 12 are free to participate in the 5k but if they do not pay they will not receive a bib, shirt or post race meal. All participants must sign waivers to be allowed on the course. Food and drink can be purchased at the park pavilion.
Marathon/Half Marathon/Relay Course Rules
No IPods, MP3 players or listening devices of any kind will be allowed on the course for safety of the runners. No watches, phones or GPS devices will be allowed on the course. Cell phones can be carried but only for emergency purposes – not to check time. No spectators or well-wishers will be permitted on the course. Relay runners, their families/friends are not permitted to exchange time or pace information with runners during the race. No warming up or cooling down will be permitted on the actual race course.
|“On May 14, 1856, an ordinance was passed forbidding the further establishment of burying grounds within the city of Springfield. A tract of land containing twenty-eight and one half acres, lying two miles north of the Capitol, was purchased by the City, for the establishment of a Cemetery, adequate to the necessities of the growing city, and sufficiently remote from the business center and every – day life to render a fitting abode to the dead.” (Oak Ridge Cemetery Records)|
|Since 1865, the cemetery has grown to be the largest Municipal cemetery in the state of Illinois, encompassing 365 acres of beautiful rolling prairie land, thousands of hardwoods and conifers, and over 75,000 interments. Oak Ridge Cemetery has the distinction of being the second most visited cemetery in the nation, second only to Arlington National Cemetery. Almost one million visitors enter these gates annually not only to pay respects to their deceased families and ancestors, but to also visit the final resting place and pay homage to our distinguished sixteenth President, Abraham Lincoln. However, none of them have the opportunity to visit the cemetery at night…|
Overall Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female individuals and teams in the marathon and relay to those finishing closest to – but not after – midnight. A finishers medal will be provided to all those in the Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay and 6.55 mile run. The top 3 male and female finishers in the 6.55 mile run and Half Marathon will receive Overall Awards based on fastest times. No medals will be provided for the 5k participants.
Packet Picket and Start Location
Packet pickup and race headquarters are located in the Lincoln Park Pavilion at 1601 N. 5th 62703. The runs take place in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield Illinois. 1441 Monument, Springfield, IL 62702
217.789.2340 FAX 217.789.2338 email: Oakridge Cemetery
Parking is available at the Nelson Recreation Center lots and along the park roads.
Times are TBD
Chip timing will be provided for all Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay, 6.55 mile and 5k runners.
All marathon, half marathon and relay participants are required to wear a headlamp, carry a flashlight or use a knuckle light while they run. Glow stick necklaces will be provided to all runners for safety and identification purposes.
First Aid and Course Patrol:
First aid and course security will be provided on course until 1:00am. At that time all remaining runners will be escorted to the park pavilion.
Water and sports drinks will be provided at all 3 aid stations. Chicken broth will be provided at night and gels, pretzels and chips will be available for the longer distance runners. Due to the course layout two of the aid stations can be accessed several times. Runners will hit the aid stations at the start/finish and approximately miles 1, 2, 4, 4.5 and 5.
Restrooms are located at the Park Pavilion and the start/finish area. A on course porta john is located at mile 4, 4.5 and 5.
Post Race Refreshments:
Post race food and drinks will be free to all marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 6.55 and paid 5k runners. You must present your bib to receive food and drink. Food will be available until 1:00am. There will be limited amounts of food and drink for sale at the park pavilion for non-paying youths and spectators.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions. Bring chairs, pop up tents and games to set up near the lagoon to pass the time and serve as your headquarters and cheering station during the race.