Illinois Marathon- F.A.Q's

What are we raising funds for?

We are raising funds to support the work of Hope for Justice as they rescue those trapped in human trafficking in the U.K., Cambodia and the U.S and continue restorative care.

Do 100% of the funds I give and/or raise go to Abolition International?The registration fee for the marathon goes directly to the marathon. 

100% of all funds donated outside of the registration fee will be given directly to Hope for Justice. The only exception being, a 6% processing fee retained by imAthlete, if donations are given online.

When and where is the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon?

The marathon will take place in Champaign/Urbana, IL on April 29- April 30, 2016. All of the races will start near the State Farm Center (formerly called the Assembly Hall).

What events can I participate in at the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon?

5K which will take place Friday, April 29th at 7:30PM

10K starts at approximately 7:40AM on Saturday, April 30th

½ Marathon and full Marathon starts at 7:00AM on Saturday, April 30th

Relay Marathon starts at 7:00AM on Saturday, April 30th

*If you're running in one of the races, please refer to information received directly from the marathon to confirm the start time and start location.

Is there an age limit for the marathon?

Yes, only validly entered runners may participate in any race. No one under the age of 17 on race day will be allowed to compete in the marathon, and no one under the age of 12 on race day will be allowed to compete in the half marathon. For more rules and regulations, visit the official Rules and Regulations page.

If I register for the marathon, do I have to raise funds?

Yes, as a charity runner you receive a discount registration. If you sign up to be a part of WBGL’s Team, we ask that you participate in the fundraising efforts for Hope for Justice. Here is how to set up your own fundraising page.

The suggested minimum amounts per event are: 

5K & 10K events = $100

½ Marathon & full marathon = $500.

Can I donate funds to Abolition International without running/walking in any event?

Yes! You can give safely and securely here.

Can I donate by check?

Yes. Please make the check out to “Hope for Justice” and include in the memo line “WBGL”. All checks can be mailed to:
Attn: Marathon
4101 Fieldstone Rd.
Champaign, IL 61822

Will WBGL provide a shirt if I run with WBGL’s Team Abolition international?

If the race participant raises a minimum of $50, WBGL will provide a tech running shirt to the participant. All participants who meet the minimum level will need to pick up their shirts at the Health & Fitness Expo, along with their race packet.


If I need accommodations in Champaign/Urbana, where do i stay?

There are many hotels in the Champaign/Urbana area. If you are planning on spending the night we suggest that you book your room as soon as you can. Hotels in the area fill up fast for the marathon weekend. Click here for a hotel listing.



From Hope for Justice Director of Prevention and Outreach Initiatives, Stacia Freeman: The first year we worked with WBGL (in 2014), the main focus was a long term residential facility for DMST victims. This model was to be based on Hope for Justice’s Cambodian project. We hired program specialists (James & Athena Pond) to thoroughly vet the project for the U.S. The funds raised helped with this research/development piece. 

What we learned from the research was: 

1- Currently, state laws are not conducive with long term care for minors. 

2- The cost/risk is tremendous with little understanding or control of desired outcomes given the current law. Consequently, we haven't abandoned this project, but we've moved it to a longer term project which will be revisited when more data is available on numbers and laws that support treatment based programming. 

The funds raised were valuable in helping Hope for Justice be good stewards of moving forward or holding off on a project that is expensive and may or may not have positive impact. We've in turn advised several national & local programs on how to develop housing programs that are sustainable and have realistic expectations. 

Going forward, Hope for Justice is committed to the investigative side of human trafficking. The UK office operates 2 HUBS for investigation working directly with law enforcement. We have literally changed the game for traffickers in the UK. Our desire and plan is to begin addressing that piece domestically. More specifically, by lending the expertise of US Director, Dave Rogers (a former federal criminal investigator), to help identify labor trafficking victims, which is an area that is hardly being addressed currently in the states. 

The Girl's Advocacy Program (GAP) is our secondary prevention program that works with at-risk girls ages 12-18 through juvenile court and other at-risk youth programs. GAP educates girls on trafficking, helps them identify risks that increase their likelihood of victimization, discusses trauma and how it predisposes them to certain societal ills and then we work in connecting them to resources.  We've seen 118 girls since April 2015. Your funds have helped seed this program. In response to requests for follow-up from the girls we serve, we have plans to hire two caseworkers with expertise in mental health. We've also gotten space to provide mentoring to girls that are referred to GAP. Our plan is to help other communities use our curriculum to address at-risk youth and prevent trafficking.

Who can I contact with a question that wasn't answered here?

Contact Jennifer Briski at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may also find your answer on the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon FAQs.