Heartland Series: July 6-12, 2024

Day 1 (Sat, July 6): Hicksville, Ohio
Day 2 (Sun, July 7): Niles, MichiganHeartland Shirt-01
Day 3 (Mon, July 8): Portage, Indiana
Day 4 (Tue, July 9): Fulton, Illinois
Day 5 (Wed, July 10): Clinton, Iowa
Day 6 (Thu, July 11): Sparta, Wisconsin
Day 7 (Fri, July 12): St. Cloud, Minnesota

Quick Overview
Series Dates: Saturday, July 6 – Friday, July 12, 2024
Race Times: Ohio and Michigan will begin at 7:00 AM (ET). Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota will begin at 6:00 AM (CT).

Early Start: Yes, for marathon, half marathon, and 50K only. One hour before regular start, every day.

Series DayDateEarly StartRegular StartLocation
Day 1Saturday, July 66:00 AM (ET)7:00 AM (ET)Hicksville, OH
Day 2Sunday, July 76:00 AM (ET)7:00 AM (ET)Niles, MI
Day 3Monday, July 85:00 AM (CT)6:00 AM (CT)Portage, IN
Day 4Tuesday, July 95:00 AM (CT)6:00 AM (CT)Fulton, IL
Day 5Wednesday, July 105:00 AM (CT)6:00 AM (CT)Clinton, IA
Day 6Thursday, July 115:00 AM (CT)6:00 AM (CT)Sparta, WI
Day 7Friday, July 125:00 AM (CT)6:00 AM (CT)St. Cloud, MN

Packet Pickup: Friday, July 5, 4-5:30 PM – Location: Defiance County Fairgrounds in Hicksville, Ohio.
Race Day Packet Pickup/Registration: One hour before start time on race day, at the start line. (Early starters may pick up packets on race morning, beginning 30 minutes before early start time.)
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 Heartland Series Facebook Group.

Hotel Searches: OH, MI, IN, IL, IA, WI, and MN.

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 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 seven!

Race Locations:

  • Day 1: Ohio
    • Defiance County Fairgrounds
    • 530 South Main Street
    • Hicksville, OH 43526
    • GPS (map): 41.288714, -84.756307
    • Course: Smooth, flat asphalt with little to no shade.
    • Elevation Gain (per lap estimates by Garmin): 11′
    • Tentative Laps: 18 for Marathon

Ohio Course Map

  • Day 2: Michigan
    • Riverfront Park (Start will be in the boat ramp area, take Bond Street towards river)
    • Niles, MI
    • GPS (map): N 41.82550, W 86.25638
    • If you enter Riverfront Park in Niles, Michigan into Google Maps or your GPS system, it will guide you to the main area of the park some distance north of where the race will start. To get to the race starting area from downtown Niles, go South on S 3rd Street to Bond Street and then turn right from Bond Street into the park
    • Course: Smooth paved path with a short section through the parking lot, moderate shade.
    • Elevation Gain (per lap estimates by Garmin): 26′
    • Tentative Laps: 14 for Marathon
    • Course Lap Preview

Heartland - MI

  • Day 3: Indiana
    • Imagination Glen
    • 2275 McCool Road
    • Portage, IN
    • GPS (map): N 41.588061, W 87.142408
    • Course: Smooth asphalt path through the woods with lots of shade.
    • Elevation Gain (per lap estimates by Garmin): 13′
    • Tentative Laps: 12 for Marathon
    • Course Lap Preview

Heartland - IN

  • Day 4: Illinois
    • 1042 1st Street
    • Fulton, IL
    • GPS (map): N 41.86679, W 90.16840
    • Course: Smooth asphalt with very little shade.
    • Elevation Gain (per lap estimates by Garmin): 36′
    • Tentative Laps: 16 for Marathon
    • Course Lap Preview

Heartland - IL

  • Day 5: Iowa
    • Discovery Trail
    • 25th Avenue N and Grant Street
    • Clinton, IA (North of Sawmill Museum)
    • GPS (map): N 41.87062, W 90.17476
    • Course: Smooth asphalt with little to moderate shade.
    • Elevation Gain (per lap estimates by Garmin): 23′
    • Tentative Laps: 12 for Marathon

Heartland - IA

  • Day 6: Wisconsin
    • Evans-Bosshard Park
    • Sparta, WI
    • GPS (map): N 43.94230, W 90.80420
    • Course: Mostly paved with a few small patches of gravel, four bridges (two covered).
    • Elevation Gain (per lap estimates by Garmin): 10′
    • Tentative Laps: 20 for Marathon

  • Day 7: Minnesota
    • TBD
    • GPS: TBD
    • Terrain: TBD
    • Elevation Gain (per lap estimates by Garmin): TBD
    • Tentative Laps: TBD


Travel distances/times between race locations:

    • Day 1 (OH) => Day 2 (MI): 110 miles, 1:56
    • Day 2 (MI) => Day 3 (IN): 61 miles, 1:05
    • Day 3 (IN) => Day 4 (IL): 178 miles, 2:50
    • Day 4 (IL) => Day 5 (IA): 3 miles, 0:08
    • Day 5 (IA) => Day 6 (WI): 178 miles, 3:29
    • Day 6 (WI) => Day 7 (MN):  232 miles, 3:37
    • Day 7 (MN) => Summer Camp (St. Cloud, MN): 0 miles


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!

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

July 6-12 2024
Race Type By 11/30/23 12/1/23-2/28/24 3/1/24-5/31/24 After 5/31/24
Full $110 $120 $135 $155
Half $95 $105 $120 $135
10K $55 $55 $55 $65
5K $45 $45 $45 $55
50K $120 $130 $145 $165
Register Online: HERE!!
Mail-in Registration Form: 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 to another participant.


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