By Ted Schnell
It steps off on 1st Street in downtown St. Charles at 7 a.m. and finishes at 1st and Illinois, with runners covering courses that traverse paths along the Fox River through Batavia, from St. Charles to Aurora.
The races already are sold out. Expect runners to begin arriving in town as early as Friday — there is a 2013 Race Weekend Expo and Packet Pickup for runners that runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Baker Community Center, 101 S. 2nd St., and continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
The early arrival will give runners an opportunity to scope out the course in advance of Sunday’s runs.
There are opportunities for spectators to watch various stretches of the race, and the Advocate Dreyer Fox Valley Marathon website officers a series of pdf downloads — for racers and spectators — with details they need for the race:
2013 Runner Guide (1.9 MB) PDF
2013 Runners Medical Guide (167 KB) PDF
2013 KIDS Marathon Guide ( 254 KB) PDF
2013 Weekend Guide - events/things to do in the area (1.5 MB) PDF
2013 Spectator Guide (2.0 MB) PDF
2013 Parking Guide (249 KB) PDF
2013 Lodging Brochure (800 KB) PDF
City of St. Charles Area Map (1.2 MB) PDF
Timing Chip Instructions (2 MB) PDF
Fox Valley KIDS’ Marathon
In conjunction with the adult event, CASA Kane County hosts its annual Fox Valley KIDS’ Marathon, but the kids event will be held Saturday.
Participating youngsters have been keeping logs of their running progress since signing up for the race, and Saturday’s run, which is set to start at 3 p.m., is for the final 1.2 miles of their marathon.
Their races will start and finish at Illinois and 1st streets.