Packet Pickup & 2014 Race Expo

Expo and Packet Pickup in St. Charles!

• Fox Valley Marathon Expo Hours:
    Friday, Sept. 19:
11 AM – 8 PM
    Saturday, Sept. 20:
10 AM – 6 PM

• Location:
map Baker Community Center
101 South Second Street,
St. Charles, IL (MAP LINK)

NOTE: Kids Marathon packet pickup ends at Baker Community at 1:30pm Saturday

See KIDS schedule here.

Baker Community Center

• Free Parking:
    See our PARKING guide

Packet Pickup Guidelines
  • You MUST bring a valid PHOTO ID with DATE OF BIRTH to Packet Pick-Up.
  • NOTE: In order to pickup your packet or a friend's packet you must present a copy of the valid photo ID with birth date that matches the registration.
  • All packets must be picked up at the Expo during regular Expo hours.
  • Packets will NOT be mailed to participants, NO exceptions.
Race Day (Sunday, Sept 21) Packet Pickup Sign Up

Sunday, September 21 from 6:00 am to 6:30 am packet pickup will also be available
for a $30 fee, cash only. 

You must ... 

  • SIGN UP before 5PM CDT on Saturday, September 20
  • Come to the Command Center tent at the starting line 6 am - 6:30 am
  • Show your valid PHOTO ID with date of birth and $30 CASH
  • You may NOT pick up a packet for another runner.
Fitness Expo is FREE and open to everyone

2014 Expo Exhibitors:

  • Advocate Dreyer
  • National Running Company (4 booths)
  • Dick Pond Athletics / Official 2014 FVM Gear
  • Costco
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Bike Rack
  • Fox Valley Marathon Races Legacy Gear

The Fox Valley Marathon Races Fitness Expo is FREE and open to the public during Participant Packet Pick up. The Expo is located in downtown St. Charles with plenty of free parking, shopping, and dining and is steps away from the start/finish lines and race village.

The Race Expo will include exhibitors featuring the newest designs in running gear and shoes, as well as the latest developments in sports, fitness and nutrition. It will include a chance for runners to ask last minute questions of the Race staff, timing company, and pacing team, and to meet and talk with their pace group leaders. Official Fox Valley Marathon Races gear will also be available for purchase. The Expo offers something for runners and non runners alike.

For our Race Flex™ runners - be aware that your race choice occurs when you pick up your packet, so plan accordingly!

Race Flex Option™

If you registered for the Race Flex Option, then you will tell us your decision at packet pickup whether you will be running the full marathon, the Fall Final 20 or the half marathon. We’ll supply you with the proper bib, timing chip, and gear bag for your race choice, and make an overnight update to our registration database.

Goody Bag

runnersEach registered runner will receive Fox Valley Marathon Races drawstring nylon backpack goody bag offering samples and special promotional discounts along with their race bib, timing chip, and the official 2014 Fox Valley Marathon technical race shirt.

Your packet will include your official race shirt. The sizing is gender specific and you will receive the size that you indicated on your registration form. Your bag will also include a number of great items from our sponsors and will also serve as your gear check bag.

The most important items in your bag are your official race bib and timing chip. Please safeguard these and make sure you remember to bring them on race day!

Gear check:

If you are using our Gear Check service on race day:
your FVM Races goody bag serves as your gear check bag.  Please follow these instructions to check your bag.


  1. Only official Gear Check bags may be checked (your FVM goody bag plus tag from your bib)
  2. Remove the gear check tag from your bib
  3. Attach the tag to the goody bag using the BLACK ZIP TIE PROVIDED in the envelope with your race bib and timing chip.
  4. Before your race - Hand your bag to the volunteers at the Gear Check Tent in the race village near Dick Pond.
  5. After your race - Show your bib to pick up your bag.
Timing Chip:

Here's how to attach the timing chip to your shoe.

As you run across the various timing mats, your timing chip registers your number and time. It’s very important that you follow the instructions on how to attach it. In order for it to record your time it must be attached correctly.

Make sure you cross each timing mat on the course in order to assure you receive an official time. And remember, no timing chip = no time. So don’t forget to bring your bib and timing chip on race morning!

Bib and Timing Chip:

The bibs are race specific and are color coded. Volunteers and signage on the course will direct you based on the race on your bib.

Your bib and timing chip are required throughout the race village. Do not remove them. Bibs are required for gear check bag pickup, and access to aid stations along the course. Bib tags are required for finisher medals and food tent access. Bibs are not required for access to portable toilets.

If you need assistance race morning with your bib or timing chip please visit the Command Center tent located on 1st Street adjacent to the starting line in the Race Village.

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GUIDES: Fox Valley Marathon Races

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