Steamboat Classic

For 44 years, the Steamboat Classic has been Central Illinois’ premier running event. But it’s more than a race—it’s a community event. A dedicated force of hundreds of volunteers and sponsors have made the Steamboat Classic an event that impacts our region in a positive way all throughout the year.

Attracting runners from around the world and around the block, the Steamboat Classic is an equal-opportunity athletic event, welcoming walkers, joggers and runners of all ages and ability levels.

Whether this is your first time or you’re going for your best time, one of the Steamboat Classic events is perfect for you. Participants in each event will receive a race entry, complimentary technical race shirt, and entry to the Finish Line festival to celebrate their achievements.


The Steamboat Classic 4 Mile Race is famous as the world’s fastest 4 mile course, but Steamboat is for more than just elite runners.  We have created the ‘4 in 1’ challenge; the goal is to finish the Steamboat 4 miles in less than one hour – run, jog or walk, it can be done!  The 4 mile run / walk starts at Adams and Main at 7:00 am on Saturday, June 17th.


The Steamboat Classic 15K Race is regarded as Illinois’ Toughest 15K because of the hilly loops that the race course takes in Glen Oak Park.  The 15K run starts at Adams and Main at 7:00 am on Saturday, June 17th.


The Steamboat Classic 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk is designed for participants who are interested in joining the Steamboat Classic, but aren’t ready for the 4 mile or 15 races.  The timed, but non-competitive, 2 mile fun run/walk run starts at Adams and Hamilton at 8:00 am on Saturday, June 17th.