Since it's inaugural running in 2012, the Bridge to Bridge 4 mile race has been one of the Premiere Running events in central Illinois.
Bridge to Bridge 23 in Springdale Cemetery has a unique venue with FOUR bridge crossings ... no race has previously used the newly opened section of the Rock Island Greenway and pedestrian bridge over War Memorial Drive ... a challenging course, wonderful swag, great food (provided by the Olive Garden - Pasta, Meat Balls, Marinara, and the World Famous Olive Garden breadsticks), and good refreshment.
The 2023 race starts on the East side of the boulevard in lower Glen Oak Park at 7:00 A.M. The course goes north on and turns to the left and circles back to the South on the West side of the boulevard and at the end of the island turns to the East and enters the Rock Island Greenway trail. Following the trail to the entrance to Springdale Cemetery, the course bears to the right and immediately crosses over a bridge, turns to the left, and winds to the right along the base of Rose Hill for about 200 yards, and makes an acute turn at the first opportunity and progresses and winds up and around Rose hill, continuing to turn to the right, and continues past the Springdale Cemetery Savannah at the top of the hill. Making a large irregular clockwise semi-circle, the course crosses an intersecting road and passes straight ahead past a road to the right and turns left. Continuing, the course follows to the right at every intersection, turning briefly down a hill before another right turn, then turning right on a curbed carriage lane through a dip to another right turn and up a grade toward the Mausoleum. Keeping to, and turning to the right, the hill peaks in front of the mausoleum and follows a steep down hill path to another right turn to an underpass (War Memorial Drive), up a hill to another right turn, and follows the road to the cemetery boundary where the course continues straight ahead to the Southeast along the edge of Ruppman Plaza and the turns East onto Harvard Ave, and crosses N. Harvard Ave. where the course turns to the right onto the Rock Island Greenway. Following the Rock Island Greenway in a Southwesterly direction, the course crosses over the War Memorial Drive bridge and proceeds along the Greenway, crossing Vine St and turning to the right (West) at Park Ave. Following Park Ave. to the West and crossing Perry Ave, the course turns to the left, rejoining the Rock Island Greenway trail, crossing the bridge and turning left. Exiting the Rock Island Greenway trail with an acute right hand turn, the finish line is about 50 yards to the North along the Boulevard in Lower Glen Oak Park.
Aid stations and water will be available near mile one, mile two, and mile three markers and at the start/finish line.
The Post Race Celebration and Awards will be at the Park Pavilion to the North of the Start/Finish line NOTE: Unclaimed Race Packets (and shirts) and AG Awards (Trophies) will not be available after the Post Race Party.
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Water stations at mile 1, 2, 1nd 3. The Start/Finish line will feature iced bottled water.
Packet pick up will be at RC Outfitters Saturday, Sept 2, from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Race day, Sept 4, late registration and last minute packet pick up will be from 5:45 am to 6:45 am at lower Glen Oak Park.
IVS Member Discount Code available to current IVS Members (IVS Member Log In Required.) Join IVS
Through September 31: $35.00
August 1 - August 31: $40.00
September 1 - September 4: $45.00
Sport-tek sweat wick T shirt not guaranteed for registrations after August 20. Sport-tek size chart
Not planning to Run or walk B2B? Volunteer ... B2B depends on volunteers. Sign up to Volunteer.
Awards: The top finishing man and women will receive an engraved trophy! Acrylic plaques for 1st, 2nd, 3rd finishers will be given to M & F in AGs: 0-14,15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+
Awards presentation will start about 8:30 at the Park Pavilion to the North of the Start/Finish line
Post Race Party
The 2023 Post Race Party will feature Olive Garden Pasta with meat balls or Marinara sauce... AND ... World Renowned Olive Garden Bread Sticks.
Be sure to enjoy the party and stay (must be present to win) for the Awards and Multitude of Door Prizes (Ranging from Gift Certificates to the Olive Garden, RC Outfitters, and Others)
Food will be served immediately as participants finish the race.
Note: Unclaimed Race Packets (and shirts) and AG Awards (Trophies) will not be available after the Post Race Party closes. Unclaimed door prizes will not be mailed .. participant must be present at drawings to win.
See you at Bridge to Bridge 2023 Springdale