Abe's Amble 10K/5K


August 2021

Illinois State Fairgrounds - Grandstand

Springfield, Illinois

NO FAIR?!!  NO FAIR!!!  We totally get it.  But let's make the best of it because running isn't canceled!  The Springfield Road Runners Club and race directors for Abe’s Amble and the State Fair Parade Run challenge runners/walkers to sign up for both races!!  Choose the No Fair bundle option and receive a discount off each race!! 

On the last day of the Illinois State Fair in August each year, hundreds of runners from Illinois and surrounding states take to the streets covering the fairgrounds, Lincoln Park, Oak Ridge Cemetery, and back.  This challenging 10K course is USATF certified and a lot of fun! 


Abe's Amble also includes a 5K option in addition to the longstanding 10K distance.  Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Illinois State Fair has been canceled which will likely result in cancellation of the live Abe's Amble 10K/5K event as this event requires access to the state fairgrounds in addition to Lincoln Park and Oak Ridge Cemetery.   


VIRTUAL RACE REGISTRATION FOR ABE'S AMBLE OPENS ON THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2020!! Virtual Participants will receive an email on August 23rd with instructions for submitting their Virtual Time.  (Virtual Participants will have their names included in the results, but are not eligible for awards.)  The deadline for submitting Virtual Times is September 1, 2020.




CURBSIDE RACE PACKET PICK-UP will be available on Saturday, August 22; 2020, 1-3:30 pm in Lincoln Park - west side, by Shelter #7 and the public restrooms. If you can't make it, please have a friend or family member grab your packet for you. Packets for folks that pre-paid for mailing will be sent out after curbside pickup ends. 


If you are working toward the 2020 Abe’s 50K Throwdown, you need this race!!!  Sign up today to get one step closer to the 50K medal!  (Eligibility for the 50K Throwdown requires paid SRRC membership before the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon and accumulated mileage from 2020 SRRC races.)


Registration for the live Abe's Amble event will open only if race can be held in accordance with public health restrictions and access to all race venues is granted.  If live event is held, virtual race registrants will have the option to transfer to the live event.  If registration for the live event opens, but event cannot be held as planned, all registrants for the live event will be converted to the Virtual Race option.  No refunds will be provided.

If the live event is held, the 10K will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K will follow at 7:45 a.m. The 5K route will begin and end at the fairgrounds (same as the 10K); however the 5K route will continue west on Sangamon Avenue, turn right on 1st Street to a turnaround spot and return to the fairgrounds.  Limited refreshments will be provided post-race, but due to COVID-19 restrictions and the health & safety of participants, there will be no extended post-race party or awards ceremony.  Award winners for the live event will be notified of plans for award pick up.  Additional modifications may be necessary to accommodate public health guidelines. 


Carrie Ward & Julie Pitchford- 2020 Abe's Amble Race Directors

Abe's Army training group will prepare you for the race and you'll make some great friends in the process!  This 12-week training group has tons of perks with registration fee, including the race entry fee for Abe's Amble, so make sure to check it out!


We could not do this without our race sponsors!  Thank you!  For sponsorship opportunities for this event, please use the race contact button.

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