Visit Champaign County Prepares for 2015 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon

–Visit Champaign County is preparing for a surge of visitor traffic for the 7th Annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, April 23–25, 2015. Between a near countywide sellout on hotels, dollars spent at restaurants, gas stations, retail outlets and convenience stores, this weekend’s marathon is expected to make a $10 million economic impact on Champaign County.

“The marathon is such an important event to our community and allows Champaign County the opportunity to show off to thousands of visitors,” stated Jayne DeLuce, President & CEO of Visit Champaign County. “Not only will their time here during marathon make a significant economic impact, but the ‘Midwestern Hospitality’ on display will h

elp visitors feel welcome and encourage a return visit.” Visit Champaign County offers a variety of programs to enhance the experience for those traveling to Champaign County to run, such as the Wooden Nickel program. 30 businesses from around Champaign County will be offering special discounts to runners who bring in a Wooden Nickel. Nickels can be picked up from the Visit Champaign County booth at the Health & Fitness Expo and runners are encouraged to stay awhile and enjoy Champaign County’s restaurants, stores, attractions and more while taking advantage of these special deals. 

Additionally, Visit Champaign County hosts the Meijer 27th Mile Celebrate Victory Bash. Saturday, April 25, runners and volunteers will have the perfect place to meet up with family and friends for some post-race fun. Runners will enjoy lively music from 90s Daughter, plenty of local eats from Meijer as well as food trucks such as Cracked, Chester’s BBQ, Dragon Fire Pizza and more with a complimentary beer or beverage for each runner provided by Fat City Bar & Grill. The event will also have numerous activities for all ages filling the street just south of Memorial Stadium. 

“The 27th Mile is truly the place to unwind after several hours of running or walking,” states Leah Stover, Sales & Marketing Coordinator, who’s managing the event. “We’ve arranged for every kind of entertainment for the whole family, as well as a variety of food to help runners nourish themselves after their accomplishment.” 

More information about the Meijer 27th Mile Celebrate Victory Bash and the Wooden Nickel program can be found at 

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