May 1, 2016

10 awesome Illinois Marathon photos

It was another rainy Illinois Marathon yesterday and just like in 2015 the PhotoNews was there documenting only a brief window of hundreds of runner's effort to finish the 26.2 mile run. While many were serious competitors battling fellow runners, the elements and their own will, other participants took time to have a little fun when the camera was pointed their way. Here's ten awesome photos of runners around the 24 mile mark of the course.



Gitta Brink and Terry Keffer
Gitta Brink, from O'Fallon, IL, and Terry Keffer, from Belleville, IL, ham it up for the camera while running in the 2016 Illinois Marathon. Brink clocked in at ninth place finish in her age group with a time of 4:40:40. Keffer finished 10th at 4:40:40. View more photos from the race in the 2016 Illinois Marathon gallery here.


Doug Mendoza
Doug Mendoza, from Chesterfield, MO, runs to a 16th place finish in his age group. He finished his race with a time of 3:33:59.



Gabrielle Russon, from Orlando, FL, wanted to make sure we got her digits as runs down Armory Street. Russon finished 59th in her age group with a time of 4:43:48.


Kristen
The rain still coming down and less than two miles to run in her portion of the Illinois Marathon relay, Kristen from TEAM F TBOL kicks her heals up.


Who runs in a kilt?
Who runs the Illinois Marathon in a kilt? Ben Lawson, from Champaign, IL, who crossed the finish line 68th in his age group, did. He went on to finish his race at 4:15:51.


Richard Plezia
Richard Plezia, from Morton Grove, IL, spreads his wings while running to a 61th place finish in his age group. He finished his race with a time of 4:44:23. There are more photos to come later this week. Stop by and visit the gallery at Illinois Marathon photos.


Runners ham it up for the camera
Megan with TEAM SOLE SISTERS and Jennifer Ingram, from Donovan, IL, ham it up along the course for the camera. Ingram clocked in 65th place finish in her age group at 4:52:58. TEAM SOLE SISTERS finished 28th overall in the relay division.



With two miles to go in his race, Farmer City resident Jonathon Malone runs to a 42nd place finish.


Two running girls and big smiles
Mary Rosenwinkel, from Wheaton, IL, hams it up for the camera with a friend while running the 24th mile of her race. She eventually finished 17th in her age group with a time of 4:09:58.


marathon kiss
With less than two miles to run in their race, Robert Beach, from Peoria, IL, takes time to plant a kiss on Julia Adams while running down Armory street. Beach finished 96th in his age group at 5:00:17. Adams clocked in at 68th place finish in her age group with a time of 5:00:16.


See these photos and many runners and smiles in the 2016 Illinois Marathon photo gallery here. Share your favorites on Facebook, Twitter and more. Don't see a photo of you in our gallery? Send us your bib# and someone will search our library for them: contact us!


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