The Marathon showcases the scenery of the Illinois River, the neighborhoods of Ottawa and the rolling landscapes in and around Starved Rock State Park. Runners will be inspired by the scenery of rolling country hills and natural rock formations tucked into heavily wooded areas created by the Illinois River thousands of years ago. Also the record eligible marathon course has 16 aide stations with GU at one aid station and Gatorade at each station. The Half Marathon course is a point to point route starting in Starved Rock State Park, traversing through wooded scenery and sites along the Illinois River, and ending in historic downtown Ottawa. The newly designed Half Marathon is a flat and fast course making for a nice run through country and city alike.