America's 10th Oldest Marathon  and  the 19th Oldest Marathon in the World....



56th Annual Marathon & 4th Annual Half Marathon

Sunday May 6th, 2018  8:00am

Online Registration opens December 13 RunReg
Griffins Friends Runners should use online registration.


HISTORY:  The Race of Champions Marathon is held in memory of Walter H. Childs Sr., the founder of the race who died in 1991. 

The race is a full marathon, 26.2 miles.  The course is USATF certified and can be used as a qualifying race for entry into the Boston Marathon.  The course is very scenic including country roads, both dirt and paved.

Course Map & USATF Certification #MA16007JK

Half Marathon:
NEW START TIME for HOLYOKE HALF marathon only is 9:00 AM
(Marathon will start at 8 AM same time and place as listed) 
Course change: The Holyoke half marathon course will be the final 13.1 miles of the marathon course. The STARTING location for the half is now on Mountain Road. Please note: you will park at the finish (Summit View, 555 Northampton St, Holyoke MA) and be shuttled via bus to the start. Please arrive by 8 AM to be shuttled in time for the start of the half marathon which will be at 9:00 AM. Any clothing you wish to wear on the shuttle and discard at the start of the half will be returned to the finish for you.

For a map of the NEW HALF marathon route, please refer to the marathon map pdf; the half course is the final 13.1 miles of the marathon route.

Directions to Race Start and Finish:
Summit View Banquet Holyoke, MA

Early Number Pick-up at the Fast Feet store:

Friday, May 4th 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and
Saturday, May 5th p.m.
Fast Feet Running Store
231 Elm St,
  West Springfield
Phone (413) 734-0955.

Race-Day Registration & Number Pick-up:
We will be setting up a registration tent at the finish area for race day registration and number pick-up.

Post Race Party & Awards Ceremony
Sunday May 6th - Time: TBD
Summit View Banquet & Meeting House @ Pavilion
Post Race food for all finishers by Hamels Catering 

555 Northampton
St (Route 5)
Parking and restroom facilities are available in the rear by the Pavilion area.

Marathon: Top Male & Female Overall in Marathon: 1st $100 2nd $75 3rd $50
Marathon Age Group Winners (1-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+):merchandise prizes - no double dipping

Half Marathon: 1-39, 40-49, 50-59.60+): merchandise prizes

LODGING:   There are many motels in the area, particularly on Route 5, Exit 13 off I-91 in West Springfield. Including: Days’ Inn (413-785-5365), Red Roof Inn (413-731-1010), Clarion (413-781-8750).  In addition the America’s Best Value Inn, 671 Northampton Ave. (413 536-3377), Holyoke Hotel & Conference Center, at exit 15 (413 534-3311), and Yankee Peddlar Inn at exit 16 (413 532 9494) are located nearer to the start in Holyoke.

RESTAURANTS:  There are a variety of restaurants along Route 5 from West Springfield to Holyoke. For the traditional carbo-loading, we suggest Red Rose Pizzeria, 1074 Main St., Springfield, also IHOP at the junction of Route 5 and Elm St. in West Springfield, Pizzeria Uno at the Holyoke Mall (exit 15 rte 91, Bertucci’s on rte 5 near the Riverdale shops, JP’s, and Cracker Barrel  on Whiting Farm Rd off of  rte 91exit 15.

If you have any questions, contact us


Jiffy Lube

Marox Corp
Holyoke, MA




Course Records:
Dave Hanechak (GSH)
2:29:48 (1995)
Melissa Stellato
3:01:50 (2014)



Last modified: 11-Dec-2017