I didn't need to do this race. I ran a five mile race last year in Highland, in Madison County, meaning I had already taken care of this county in my effort to run at least one race in every county in Illinois.
But, although I can't always accomplish it, I also try to make the race I run in a county the longest or most prestigious race in that county. The Great River Road Run 10 Mile is both for Madison County. That, combined with the fact that this was the 50th anniversary of the race, made me come down to Alton to make this my race of record in Madison County. Sorry Highland. Read more »