Prairie NEW for 2017!



Due to the extreme heat, we are offering a 3:30 start tomorrow (Saturday) in Missouri. We HIGHLY recommend any half/full marathoners and 50Kers who are able take this start time. We will still have 4:30 and 5:30 start times, as well. Note: You MUST have a flashlight/headlamp/light source to start at 3:30 or 4:30, and if you arrive late to the 3:30 or 4:30 start, you’ll have to wait for the next start time. You do NOT need to let anyone know ahead of time if you decide to participate in one of the early starts; just show up with your light at the appointed time. Be safe, everyone!

New for 2017!

For information about individual races (course description, directions, GPS coordinates, lodging, etc), please click the links below:
Days 1 & 2 (Sun, July 16/Mon, July 17): Breckenridge, MN/Wahpeton, ND
Day 3 (Tue, July 18): Baltic, SD
Day 4 (Wed, July 19): Sioux City, IA
Day 5 (Thu, July 20): South Sioux City, NE
Day 6 (Fri, July 21): Hiawatha, KS
Day 7 (Sat, July 22): St. Joseph, MO
Quick overview:
Series dates: Sunday, July 16-Saturday, July 22, 2017
Race times: All races in this series begin at 5:30AM CDT.
Early Start: Yes (optional); click HERE for details.
Packet pickup: Saturday, July 15, 4-6PM, Welles Park-Fairgrounds, Nebrasksa Ave, Breckenridge MN (start location for days 1/2). Free pasta dinner will be served during packet pickup, at the start location.
Race day packet pickup/registration: Beginning at 4:00AM CDT on race day, at the start line.
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: Free pasta dinner during packet pickup Saturday, July 15.
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. ( 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. Check out the Loony Lunchbox to see what’s cookin’!

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

    Travel distances/times between race locations:

  • Day 1/2 (MN/ND) => Day 3 (SD): 195 miles, 2:44
  • Day 3 (SD) => Day 4 (IA): 101 miles, 1:29
  • Day 4 (IA) => Day 5 (NE): 10 miles, 0:21
  • Day 5 (NE) => Day 6 (KS): 209 miles, 3:13
  • Day 6 (KS) => Day 7 (MO): 43 miles, 0:45

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!

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NEW FOR 2017!

Minnesota – North Dakota – South Dakota – Iowa – Nebraska – Kansas – Missouri

July 16-22 2017
Race type By 2/28/17 3/1/17-5/31/17 6/1/17-6/30/17 After 6/30/17
Full $100 $115 $130 $150
Half $85 $100 $115 $130
10K $45 $45 $45 $55
5K $35 $35 $35 $45
Day 1: July 16 Day 2: July 17 Day 3: July 18 Day 4: July 19 Day 5: July 20
Wahpeton ND/ Breckenridge MN Wahpeton ND/ Breckenridge MN Baltic SD Sioux City IA S.Sioux City NE
Day 6: July 21 Day 7: July 22 Register for full series (all 7 days) at once!
Hiawatha KS St.Joseph MO
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.
Check out the amazing aerial video shot by a drone flown over our course in Clayton, NM, during the 2015 Dust Bowl Series!
Click HERE to video the full-sized video on our YouTube channel.

Check out We're All in This Together, an insightful look into the very first 5-state, 5-day series, by author and series participant George Rose!


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