2010 Illinois Marathon Map Wins ESRI Cartography Award

Each year, a Cartography Special Interest Group (Carto SIG) meeting is held at the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego, California. Carto SIG is an active community of people dedicated to discussing cartography issues with ESRI product teams, users, and other interested colleagues.

ESRI Carto SIG Map Awards are given annually to the best examples of cartographic work from the map Gallery at the ESRI International User Conference. This year, the 2010 Illinois Marathon map, designed by Jane Domier and Donald Luman of the Illinois State Geological Survey, was awarded an ESRI Carto SIG Map Award on July 15, 2010.

Illinois Marathon Course map

Award judges had indicated they paid special attention to the street map "which displayed a well-balanced graphic layering and clear symbolization of the disparate race routes with good offsetting of coincident routes. There is, as well, very good point symbol selection, sizing and placement."

The 2010 Illinois Marathon map was the official course map for the marathon event in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. This map was created to develop and measure courses for the full marathon, half-marathon, and 5K run. The map served as an important planning tool for the Illinois Marathon Committee during the year-long preparation and was published in the local newspaper and made available to the more than 15,000 participants and the general public in on-line and paper formats. A companion map entitled Running along an Ice Age Trail was created as a local interest map to explain the glacial geology of the marathon course and was based upon recently acquired LiDAR elevation data.

A digital version of a section of the 2010 Illinois Marathon map will be displayed on the ESRI Carto SIG award gallery at http://www.esri.com/industries/map-chart-dataproduction/community/maps.html. The full map can also be seen on the Illinois Marathon website: http://illinoismarathon.com/course.php