Illinois State Fair Parade Run

in United States at The Illinois State Fairgrounds

Online registration for this event is closed. Registration will be available at The Running Center on Wednesday, August 8 from 4:00-6:30 PM (packet pick-up) and on August 9 from 3:00 - 4:30 PM SHARP! at the Ethnic Village Gazebo located inside the Illinois State Fairgrounds (race site) If you have any questions/ concerns, please contact the race director (Lance Cull) at 217.652.5651.

  • 2 mile run/walk
    You may register up to 4 people per transaction

    Online registration is closed for this category.

Packet Pickup & Packet Pick-up/ Race Day Registration

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Springfield Running Center
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Thursday, August 9, 2018
Illinois State Fairgrounds Ethnic Village gazebo
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (SHARP!!!)

Race Day registration will end @ 4:30 PM... SHARP!

Participant Information

The race is open to walkers, speed walkers, and/or power walkers but there is not a separate category for walkers. The only requirement is that you be able to maintain a 17:00 minute pace due to the Parade in order to be scored. The start/finish line will be taken apart starting at 6:05 PM. Walkers will be included in the age group awards.

PLEASE NOTE - Unregistered runners, unauthorized vehicles, bicycles, skateboards, roller skates/blades, strollers, baby joggers, and running with dogs are strictly prohibited on the course to comply with liability insurance requirements

The Illinois State Fair Parade Route has been officially changed.

The Illinois State Fair Parade Route has been officially changed. Runners will begin inside the Fairgrounds at Ethnic Village as usual but will travel up Sangamon Avenue and into Lincoln Park.

Click here to see the NEW course route!

Event Shirts/ Pint Glass


SHIRTS GUARANTEED if registered by July 29, 2018 at 11:59 pm!

A pint glass will be available to all registrants.

Age Group Awards

--10 and under
--Masters (Top male/female masters)
--80 and over

Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female overall, the top 3 in each age division, and the overall male and female in the Master's category.

This event will be scored by It's Race Time utilizing disposable chips located on the bib. All runners must wear their bib to be scored. Overall Male & Female winner will be determined by clock time (who crosses the line first). All age group awards will be determined by tag time. Results will be available immediately following the event at

In the event that lightning is present in the area, the race may switch from chip timing to manual timing.

Headphone Policy

The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, the Illinois State Fair Parade Run encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of the race.


Race directors reserve the right to cancel, postpone, or modify the race due to adverse weather or emergency conditions that make race conditions unsafe. In the event the race is cancelled, there will be no refunds.


For event-related questions, please click on the Contact the Organizers button on the left-hand side of this page.

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