Parade Run FAQs

Illinois State Fair Parade Run 2021 for In-Person and Virtual Participants


When does on-line registration open?

On-line registration opens June 1, 2021 for both in-person and virtual participants.



There are no refunds.  If this race cannot be held as planned, all registrants will be converted to the Virtual Race option.


What kind of race shirts?

Men and Women wicking shirts:  Women’s tanks and men’s short sleeve.


In-Person ONLY Race Information


When does on-line registration close?

On-line registration closes August 3, 2021 at 11:59 pm US/Central for in-person registration and a GUARANTEED shirt.


Can I register at packet pick-up?

Yes, BUT shirts are NOT guaranteed and the price is $35.  Admission to the fair is still included.


I registered after the shirt guarantee deadline, can I still get a shirt?

Shirt guarantee deadline is August 3, 2021, 11:59 US/Central.  There maybe a few extra shirts, no guarantees on size or gender at packet pick-up.  If there are any shirts available, it is a first come opportunity.  Again, sorry, no guarantees.


Can I register on race day?

Yes, but it ends at 4:45 SHARP.  Head to the Ethnic Village between 3:30 pm and 4:45 on the day of the race.  Registering on-line and picking up your packet OUTSIDE of the fair will include fair admission, so it's better to pre-register on-line.


Do I receive fair admission if on-line registration is closed?

Yes, if you sign up at packet pick-up.  There is no free admission the day of the race.  Participants must pay their own fair admission if they wait to register at the fairgrounds race day.


Shipping Options

There are no shipping options for those participating in the live race.


Packet Pick-up

Packet pick-up will be held on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Springfield Running Center, 2943 W. White Oaks Drive, Springfield, IL.  Feel free to shop around during the pick-up time, but please be patient if it is busy and you must wait a few minutes for your items. You are welcome to have someone else pick up your packet for you if cannot make it.  


Do I have to pay to get into the fair?

Registering on-line or at packet pick-up will include fair admission.  Otherwise, the participant will pay his/her own entrance fee to the Fair.


Are there medals for this race?

Sorry, no medals, BUT we will have age group awards for the in-person participants.  

For all participants:  If we are forced to an all virtual race due to COVID restrictions, let’s hope not, age group awards will be NOT be available.


Where does the race start?

The starting line is on Main Street right outside the Ethnic Village. The Illinois State Fair Parade Race route will follow the official Illinois State Fair Parade route.


Where do we park?

Parking is not provided with the entry fee and the parking costs is the participant's responsibility.  Parking is available in any of the public areas.


Can I walk it?

Yes, as long as you can maintain a 17 minute pace per mile. We have time restrictions due to the parade start time.


Can I push a stroller?

No, unfortunately our insurance liability prohibits it.

Can I run with my dog?

While we do love our furry friends, unfortunately our insurance prohibits allowing them to run with you.



Where are the post-race refreshments and awards?

Head to the Ethnic Village immediately following the race for food, drink and awards!


Will there be awards?

For all in-person participants, awards will be given to the top 3 male and female overall, the top 3 in each age division (5 year increments starting at 10 and under), and the overall male and female in the Master's category.


Virtual Race ONLY Information


When does on-line registration close?

To GUARANTEE a shirt, you MUST register before the deadline of August 3, 2021 at 11:59 pm US/Central.

With a NO Shirt Option Available on-line registration will remain open until August 10, 2021 at 11:59 pm US/Central 


How do I get my guaranteed race shirts?

If you would prefer to have your packet shipped directly, you may purchase the shipping option during registration and the packet will shipped by mail AFTER the race.  Otherwise, you may pick-up your packet on August 11, 2021 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Springfield Running Center, 2943 West White Oaks Drive, Springfield, IL OR You are welcome to have someone else pick up your packet for you if cannot make it.  


Do I have to run the official race course?

Run or walk your two miles wherever you choose!


How do I submit my virtual race time?

Beginning Friday August 13th you will be able to submit your time (the link is not available until that day).

To submit your virtual time, click here:  Scroll to Illinois State Fair Parade Run, select the “Results” tab, click here by your name, click EDIT TIME.  You can submit results from August 13th – August 20th.  Final results will be available August 21. 


Will virtual participants be listed in the race results and receive awards?

Virtual participants will appear in the race results but are NOT eligible for age group awards.


Who can I direct questions to?

Feel free to email with questions regarding the Parade Run.