Four Ways to Make the Most of Wooden Nickel 2019

Four Ways to Make the Most of Wooden Nickel 2019


Wooden Nickel is back for the 2019 Illinois Marathon! If you’ve never participated in a wooden nickel promotion, here’s how it works. Pick up wooden nickels and a list of participating vendors at the Health & Fitness Expo this Thursday and Friday and at the 27th-Mile Celebrate Victory Bash on Saturday and redeem them for deals all week long (April 25-May 4).


There are a lot of great deals going on around the greater Champaign County area, so let’s break down the best ways to score deals this week. Please note the list of participating restaurants and their restrictions. Limitations do apply to some Wooden Nickel offers.


  • Eat Well with Wooden Nickel

Our local restaurants love hosting visitors over the Illinois Marathon weekend, and as if eating out wasn’t already fun, a great Wooden Nickel deal makes it all the better! Baxter’s American Grille, Bossa Nova Café, and Chili’s are offering percentages off food and non-alcoholic beverages, and local favorites Hamilton Walker’s and Garcia’s Pizza in a Pan are offering redeemable deals as well. Feeling something sweet? TCBY and Rick’s Bakery are participating as well! Nobody goes hungry the week of Wooden Nickel, so make sure to grab plenty for all the great food deals! Check the full listing of participating restaurants here.

  • Gear Up

If you’re in town to race, it might be a good excuse for a new pair of shoes from Body N’ Sole in Savoy, who are offering $20 off a new pair of regularly priced shoes. Likewise, Champaign Outdoors has the gear to keep you ready for what looks to be like a rainy Marathon Saturday. When the race is over, make sure to take your medal over to Christopher and Co. for a free medal engraving with your name and finish time!

  • Stock Up on Illini Gear

While you’re in town, it’d be a big missed opportunity if you didn’t grab Illini gear! GameDay Spirit is giving out free short sleeved t-shirts from their BOGO section, featuring some great Illini graphics and more. T.I.S. Illini Shop is also offering a free postcard and Buy One, Get One 50% off regularly priced item, making now a great time to get some orange and blue in your wardrobe or collection!

  • Things to Do and See with Wooden Nickel

A favorite every year, Market Place Mall will be offering a free carousel ride with wooden nickel turn ins, which is always a hit with the kids. The William Staerkel Planetarium is also offering a free admission with one paid admission to programs taking place Friday and Saturday. Remember your trip to Champaign-Urbana with a set of photographic notecards at the Larry Kanfer gallery, or find a new great book at Jane Addams Book Shop with a Buy One, Get One 50% deal.


There are even more deals available than these, making it the best Wooden Nickel yet! Be sure to grab wooden nickels and the list of participating vendors at the Health & Fitness Expo and at the 27th-Mile Celebrate Victory Bash. Even if you’re not running, be sure to take advantage of these deals offered by local businesses and attractions all week long! Happy racing, and enjoy our Outside of Ordinary community.



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