The Route 66 10K is hosted by the Metro Milers running club as part of the City of Edwardsville’s Route 66 Festival. The festival and race are held on the second Saturday in June. The race has attracted individuals from all across the St. Louis metro area as well as 10 states and 2 international participants.
When: Saturday, June 9th, 8:00am start time
Where: Edwardsville City Park & Library, 112 S Kansas St Edwardsville, IL
The 2012 Route 66 10K as been designated as the Road Runners Club of America Illinois State 10K Championship. All participants are eligible for State Championship awards – Overall Champion, Masters Champion, Grand Masters Champion & Senior Grand Masters Champion.
More information available at route6610k.metromilers.com
The Route 66 10K is a loop course with different scenery along the way. The race starts in downtown Edwardsville on West Park St at South Main Street. The first 2.5 miles is challenging with several turns through residential areas. The course travels north on 2nd street for a little incline at mile 1. After some rolling hills participants encounter the largest hill on the course just before the 2 mile marker. It is a short hill but can takes participants by surprise. Running downhill at the 2 mile marker is the first water station at the parking lot of the Watershed Nature Center. The course inclines quickly just before turning onto the beautiful Madison County Transit bike trails. The course changes views from residential roads to the tree covered paved bike trails. The course travels on the Watershed bike trail with a U-turn onto the Goshen bike trail for the next 3.2 miles. At the 4 mile marker, is the second water station just pass the IL Rt-157 underpass. The third water station is at 5 mile. After participants rehydrates the course encounters a series of turns and hills going thru underpasses. The course turns off the MCT bike trails and onto the wide sidewalk on IL Rt-159. The course returns back on the city roads for the last 1/2 mile to finish at City Park where runners and walkers can celebrate at the Route 66 Festival.
There will be 4 fluid stations along the course supplied with Gatorade and Culligan water at the mile 2, 3, 4 and 5 markers. Portable restrooms will be available at the start/finish line area and at mile 2 in the Watershed parking lot. Food and beverages will be provided at the finish line area in the food tent. Every mile will be clearly marked with a Route 66 shape road sign as well as the 5K.