Naperville to Host Marathon in 2013

Up to 4,000 runners to compete in inaugural race

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    Up to 4,000 runners will compete in the inaugural event.

    Running enthusiasts can add a new race to their schedule next year.

    Naperville is planning its first official marathon on November 10, 2013.

    Officials say the inaugural Naperville Marathon will be a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.

    A group called Naper Events LLC is organizing the race, which will be capped at 4,000 runners.

    There will be a full 26.2-mile marathon course and a half-marathon course at 13.1 miles. Registration opens Jan. 28.

    Naperville Mayor George Pradel says the races should provide an economic boost for local businesses.

    According to the Herald-News, the race course will be located in the south end of the city, including the Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve.