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Abe's Amble 10K/5K - FAQs

7:30 a.m.  Sun August 18, 2024

Illinois State Fairgrouds - Grandstand

Springfield, Illinois


View a map of the fairgrounds


Will the race be held live/in-person or virtual?

Both!  The race is scheduled as a live event; however a virtual option is also available for those unable to attend live.  If the live event is unable to be held as planned, all registrations will default to virtual. 



When is packet pickup?


Packet pickup will be held on Saturday, August 17, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.- Springfield Running Center, 2943 W. White Oaks Drive, Springfield, IL.  Look for the SRRC signs.  Feel free to arrive anytime during the pickup time, but please be patient if it is busy and you must wait a few minutes for your items.  We will get you in and out as soon as possible.

If you registered by the July 24th t-shirt deadline, we will have a shirt for you!  Please note you will receive the size you selected during registration.  If you registered after our shirt supply was exhausted, unfortunately, you will not receive a shirt.  We can only guarantee shirts for those registered by the July 24 deadline.  Additional race swag will be distributed with race packets on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.      

Please do your best to attend the Saturday packet pickup.  You are welcome to have someone else pick up your packet for you if cannot make it.    

Limited race day packet pickup will be available on race day morning at the fairgrounds at 6:30-7:15 a.m.   


Is there race day registration?

At this time, no.


Where do we park for the race?

For free parking as a race participant or spectator, enter Gate 8 at the west end of the fairgrounds.  Additional race day parking options may be listed on signage at the fairgrounds.  Keep in mind traffic is running one way around the fair counterclockwise during the fair.  You will be directed to a parking spot.  Please arrive early as parking traffic can cause some wait time.



Do we have to pay to get into the fair?

No.  Race participants and spectators arriving with them before the race get in free that morning .  If you leave and are planning to return to the fair later that day, make sure you get your hand stamped.



Is there a time limit?

No, but participants will need to move to sidewalks along Sangamon Avenue after the City of Springfield re-opens the roads to through traffic.  



Are there medals for this race?

Yes!  Medals will be provided for 10K and 5K finishers and for all virtual participants.  This medal is in addition to the medal awarded to Abe's Army training program participants.   


Post race refreshments?

Refreshments for race participants will be available in the Commodities Pavilion near the finish line.


Are there awards?

Participants who opted in during the registration process will receive a text message with their time shortly after crossing the finish line.  
Results will also stream live throughout the morning and be available at:
Award categories are 10K: Top Overall M/F, Top Masters M/F.   Then Top 3 M/F in each age group (14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, .... , 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+).  5K: Top Overall M/F.   Then Top 3 M/F in each age group (14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, .... , 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+). 

Race results will stream live online throughout the race.  Additionally, It's Race Time will be texting participants (who opted in) their results immediately upon finishing.  Results will be available at

Award winners will be recognized in a post-race awards ceremony after the race.  Results will be linked on the Springfield Road Runners Club Facebook page after all participants have finished.  


How can I stay updated?

Be sure to follow the Abe's Amble 10K/5K Race and the Springfield Road Runners Club on Facebook for updates.  Also, look for emails to registered participants during the week leading up to the race.  

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