Newly Expanded for 2015–7 States in 7 Days!

For information about individual races (course description, directions, GPS coordinates, lodging, etc), please click the links below:

Day 1 (June 1): Bryan, Ohio
Day 2 (June 2): Niles, Michigan
Day 3 (June 3): Potato Creek State Park, North Liberty, Indiana
Day 4 (June 4): Fulton, Illinois
Day 5 (June 5): Clinton, Iowa
Day 6 (June 6): Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
Day 7 (June 7): Great River Bluffs State Park, Winona, Minnesota

Quick overview:
Series dates: Monday, June 1-Sunday, June 7, 2015
Race times: Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana will begin at 6:00AM EDT. Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota will begin at 5:00AM CDT.
Packet pickup: May 31, 4-6PM, Moore Park Ice Rink, 515 Town Line Rd, Bryan OH. Free pasta dinner (donations welcome) will be served during packet pickup, at the same location.
Race day packet pickup/registration: One hour before start time on race day, at the start line.
Early Start: No, all races begin at first light.
Average temps:
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: See individual states’ pages for times, dates, and locations.
Discounts: $10 discount on marathon/half marathon 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 Goo and bananas (although the banana smoothies really hit the spot on hot days)!

Registration information is below. You may do any number of races; special medals are awarded to those who complete all seven!

    Travel distances/times between race locations:

  • Day 1 (OH) => Day 2 (MI): 108 miles, 1:52
  • Day 2 (MI) => Day 3 (IN): 26 miles, 0:33
  • Day 3 (IN) => Day 4 (IL): 226 miles, 3:49
  • Day 4 (IL) => Day 5 (IA): 3 miles, 0:08
  • Day 5 (IA) => Day 6 (WI): 119 miles, 2:25
  • Day 6 (WI) => Day 7 (MN): 77 miles, 1:34
  • 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!

    Ohio – Michigan – Indiana – Illinois – Iowa – Wisconsin – Minnesota

    June 1-7 2015 (7 Days!)
    Race type By 1/15/15 1/16-3/15/15 3/16-5/15/15 After 5/15/15
    Full $90 $110 $130 $150
    Half $70 $90 $110 $130
    5K $30 $30 $30 $40
    Day 1:June 1 Day 2:June 2 Day 3:June 3 Day 4:June 4 Day 5:June 5
    Bryan OH Niles MI North Liberty IN Fulton IL Clinton IA
    Day 6:June 6 Day 7:June 7 Register for the full series (all 7 races) at once!
    Prairie du Chien WI Winona MN
    You may also register during packet pickup or on race day (cash/check only).



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