Harriers FastFeet

58th Annual - Sunday October 4th, 2020

Event Status

September 11th, 2020

It is with a heavy heart, and I'm sure no big surprise, that this year's marathon cannot be held as planned. The race committee has decided it is not possible to conduct the race in any format that will be safe for both the participant and volunteers while also not placing undue burden and liability to all parties involved.

Refunds will be issued next week.

In the upcoming week, there will be communication about a virtual marathon event similar to what we did for our Fourth of July 5K. Runners can run their virtual marathon on any course they choose between now and October 20th and submit their time using a Garmin, Strava, or other GPS device and receive a shirt that will be ordered after the October 20th event close date. The price of the virtual event will be $20.

Anyone wishing to either defer a portion of their refund towards the virtual event or do a full deferment towards next year’s event can let me know by September 19th before we start issuing the refunds. A full refund will be issued if the 2021 event is also canceled.

Email marathon@harriers.org with any questions.

Please check our Facebook Marathon event page for the latest updates.


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 served as the AAU National Championships and was the Pan American qualifier in the late 60's
Now in it's 57th year, the Childs Marathon is the 10th oldest consecutive running marathon in America and 19th in the world.

Race Details

  • 'Almost' Always the 1st Sunday in May: Start Time for 2020 will be 9:00AM.
  • USATF sanctioned & certified course and a Boston Mararthon Qualifier
  • T-shirts to first 250 runners pre-registered by April 20, 2020
  • Finishers medal & post-race dinner for all runners
  • New USATF Certfied Course: Ashley Resevior MAP
  • Registration

  • RunReg - Registration is closed until we can determine if the event can be safely held. Updates coming around Sept 14
  • Awards

    Cash Prizes Top 3 Male & Female Overall: 1st $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $50
    Fast Feet Certificates Winners in each age group: Under 40, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over (no double dipping)


    Results History


    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 are located near to the start in Holyoke.


    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, Pizzeria Uno at the Holyoke Mall (exit 15 rte 91, JP's, and Cracker Barrel on Whiting Farm Rd off of Rt 91 Exit 15.

    If you have any questions, contact us



    Fast Feet Running Store
    Your official race headquarters
    231 Elm St, West Springfield
    (413) 734-0955