The Tunnel Hill Marathon, a USATF/IAAF sanctioned, and certified course, is a great place to run a BOSTON QUALIFYING TIME*, or a personal best. Certification # IL18001BW. You can view the map and certification info here USATF certification info and map
We use 26.2 miles of the same fast course where Zach Bitter ran 12:08 for 100 miles last November, where Camille Herron shattered the World Record for 100 miles in 2017; where Mike Bialick ran the fastest 100 in North America in 2015; where Traci Falbo ran the Fastest Known Time for 100 by a woman in 2014; and where Coree Woltering ran a 5:30:15 50 miler in 2016.
The race, presented by Durbin Race Management, takes place on Sunday November 10.
You will start at the same start line in Vienna, IL as the Tunnel Hill 100/50, exactly 24hours after the 100/50 start. You'll run 1.1 miles south on the Tunnel Hill State Trail, (a smooth, rails-to-trails dirt course, covered with crushed rock), then turn north, and proceed through the world famous tunnel, and to the northern turn-around, before running back through the tunnel, and on to the finish at Vienna Park. The final 9 miles is a gentle, gradual downhill.
You'll encounter hundreds of runners who are finishing the final miles of their 100 mile run, and everyone will have a great opportunity to cheer each other on as you work your way over dozens of train trestles, and among gorgeous rock formations.
There will be a 6 hour limit, and the race course will close at 1pm on Sunday.
* Note: Typically, registration opens for Boston around the second weekend in September. If the 2019 race is sold out when you run the 2018 TH Marathon, then a BQ time will still be good for the 2020 Boston.