Center of the Nation: September 10-15, 2018
Day 1 (Mon, Sept.10): Baker, Montana
Day 2 (Tue, Sept.11): Bowman, North Dakota
Day 3 (Wed, Sept.12): Belle Fourche, South Dakota
Day 4 (Thu, Sept.13): Wyoming
Day 5 (Fri, Sept.14): Chadron, Nebraska
Day 6 (Sat, Sept.15): Sterling, Colorado
Series Dates: Monday, September 10-Saturday, September 15, 2018
Race Times: All races in this series begin at 6:30 AM MDT.
Early Start: Yes (optional); click HERE for details.
Packet Pickup: Sunday, Sept 9, 4-6 PM; Triangle Park, Lakeview Drive, Baker MT. Free pasta dinner, 4-6 PM at Triangle Park. Race day packet pickup is also available each morning.
Race Day Packet Pickup/Registration: Beginning at 5:00 AM MDT on race day, at the start line.
Average Temps: Low 43/High 77
Time Limit: None. We have a “no runner left behind” policy, and we happily stay until the final finisher crosses the line. Walkers are always welcome!
Pets/Strollers: Pets are not allowed, for the safety and comfort of our runners/walkers; you’re welcome to bring a stroller if you have small children.
Group dinners, hotels, and airports: Check Center of the Nation Series Facebook Group.
Discounts: $10 discount to active military, as well as members of any club that will list these events on their calendar. (Active.com requires a code to receive discount, which you can find on the club’s site or by contacting us.) We also offer a discount for local participants; contact us for details.
Food/Aid Stations: Due to our unique multi-loop course setup, we have one giant “aid station,” with more food and drink than you could ever need! Ask anyone who’s run at least one of our races; we’ve got everything from fruit to jelly beans to sandwiches, water to Gatorade to hot coffee, and everything in between. Way more than just granola bars and bananas–we even have our very own mobile kitchen, Loony Lunchbox!
Registration information is below. You may do any number of races; special medals are awarded to those who complete all six!
- Day 1: Montana
- Triangle Park
- Lakeview Drive
- Baker, MT
- GPS: N 46.35911, W 104.27040
- Day 2: North Dakota
- North Shore Marina
- Bowman-Haley Lake
- Bowman, ND
- GPS: N 45.99869, W 103.26302
- Day 3: South Dakota
- Rocky Point Recreation Area
- 18513 Fisherman’s Road (9 miles outside the town of Belle Fourche, SD)
- GPS: N 44.72358, W 103.69960
- Day 4: Wyoming
- Day 3: Nebraska
- Chadron State Park
- Chadron, NE
- GPS: N 42.709703, W 103.009079
- Day 6: Colorado
- Pioneer Park
- 17615 Hwy 14
- Sterling, CO
- GPS: N 40.624970, W 103.246650
Travel distances/times between race locations:
- Day 1 (MT) => Day 2 (ND): 47 miles, 0:50
- Day 2 (ND) => Day 3 (SD): 117 miles, 1:52
- Day 3 (SD) => Day 4 (WY):
- Day 4 (WY) => Day 5 (NE):
- Day 5 (NE) => Day 6 (CO): 166 miles, 2:49
What about the bling?
We all know that’s the best part! Every participant (full or half marathon) will receive one t-shirt and other fun goodies.
All finishers will receive a separate medal for each day; in addition, we give a special medal to those who complete all races in a series.
We even give a special award to each person participating in his or her first full or half marathon!
The best part: The famous caboose, given to the final finisher of each marathon and half marathon!