Center of the Nation

Center of the Nation: August 17-22, 2020


Day 1 (Mon, Aug 17): Sterling, Colorado
Day 2 (Tue, Aug 18): Chadron, Nebraska
Day 3 (Wed, Aug 19): Sundance, Wyoming
Day 4 (Thu, Aug 20): Belle Fourche, South Dakota
Day 5 (Fri, Aug 21): Bowman, North Dakota
Day 6 (Sat, Aug 22): Baker, Montana

Quick Overview
Series Dates: Monday, August 17-Saturday, August 22, 2020
Race Times: All races in this series begin at 6:30 AM MDT.
Early Start: Yes (optional); click HERE for details.
Packet Pickup: Sunday, August 16, 4-6 PM; Pioneer Park, 17615 Hwy 14, Sterling, CO (GPS: N 40.624970, W 103.246650)
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.

Hotel Searches: CO, NE, WY, SD, ND, MT
Discounts: $10 discount to active military, as well as members of any club that will list these events on their calendar. ( 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!

Race Locations:

  • Day 1: Colorado
    • Pioneer Park
    • 17615 Hwy 14
    • Sterling, CO
    • GPS (map): N 40.624970, W 103.246650
    • Course Surface: Fine gravel trail with some moderate hills.
    • Tentative Course Laps: 14 laps for Marathon.

Center of the Nation - CO

  • Day 2: Nebraska
    • Chadron State Park
    • Chadron, NE
    • GPS (map): N 42.709703, W 103.009079
    • Course Surface: Mostly asphalt with a short section of grass and dirt trail.
    • Tentative Course Laps: 12 laps for Marathon

  • Day 3: Wyoming
    • Crook County Fairgrounds
    • Fairground Loop Road
    • Sundance, WY
    • GPS (map): N 44.407182, W 104.368714
    • Course Surface: Mix of asphalt and gravel with little to no hills.
    • Tentative Course Laps: 22 laps for Marathon

Sundance, WY

  • Day 4: South Dakota
    • Rocky Point Recreation Area
    • 18513 Fisherman’s Road (9 miles outside the town of Belle Fourche, SD)
    • GPS (map): N 44.72358, W 103.69960
    • Course Surface: Smooth paved course with a gradual hill.
    • Tentative Course Laps: 12 for Marathon

Rocky Point Recreation Area, Belle Fourche, SD

  • Day 5: North Dakota
    • North Shore Marina
    • Bowman-Haley Lake
    • Bowman, ND
    • GPS (map): N 45.99869, W 103.26302
    • Course Surface: Mostly asphalt with a little bit of gravel.
    • Tentative Course Laps: 12 laps for Marathon.


  • Day 6: Montana
    • Triangle Park
    • Lakeview Drive
    • Baker, MT
    • GPS (map): N 46.35911, W 104.27040
    • Course Surface: Start/finish on gravel with rest of course on closed asphalt road.
    • Tentative Course Laps: 14 laps for Marathon.

Center of the Nation - MT



Travel distances/times between race locations:

  • Day 1 (CO) => Day 2 (NE): 166 miles, 2:49
  • Day 2 (NE) => Day 3 (WY): 191 miles, 3:02
  • Day 3 (WY) => Day 4 (SD): 50 miles, 0:58
  • Day 4 (SD) => Day 5 (ND): 117 miles, 1:52
  • Day 5 (ND) => Day 6 (MT): 47 miles, 0:50

Center of the Nation Map


What about the bling?
We all know that’s the best part! Every participant 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!

Colorado – Nebraska – Wyoming – South Dakota – North Dakota – Montana

August 17-22 2020
Race type By 3/31/20 4/1/20-5/31/20 6/1/20-7/31/20 After 7/31/20
Full $100 $115 $130 $150
Half $85 $100 $115 $130
10K $45 $45 $45 $55
5K $35 $35 $35 $45
Register Online: HERE!!
Mail-in Registration From: HERE!!
You may also register during packet pickup or on race day (cash/check/credit card/PayPal). Entry fees are non-refundable and may not be transferred or deferred.

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