Heartland Series: July 8-14, 2023
Day 1 (Sat, July 8): Hicksville, Ohio
Day 2 (Sun, July 9): Niles, Michigan
Day 3 (Mon, July 10): Portage, Indiana
Day 4 (Tue, July 11): Fulton, Illinois
Day 5 (Wed, July 12): Clinton, Iowa
Day 6 (Thu, July 13): Sparta, Wisconsin
Day 7 (Fri, July 14): St. Cloud, Minnesota
Series Dates: Saturday, July 8 – Friday, July 14, 2023
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 Day||Date||Early Start||Regular Start||Location|
|Day 1||Saturday, July 8||6:00 AM (ET)||7:00 AM (ET)||Hicksville, OH|
|Day 2||Sunday, July 9||6:00 AM (ET)||7:00 AM (ET)||Niles, MI|
|Day 3||Monday, July 10||5:00 AM (CT)||6:00 AM (CT)||Portage, IN|
|Day 4||Tuesday, July 11||5:00 AM (CT)||6:00 AM (CT)||Fulton, IL|
|Day 5||Wednesday, July 12||5:00 AM (CT)||6:00 AM (CT)||Clinton, IA|
|Day 6||Thursday, July 13||5:00 AM (CT)||6:00 AM (CT)||Sparta, WI|
|Day 7||Friday, July 14||5:00 AM (CT)||6:00 AM (CT)||St. Cloud, MN|
Packet Pickup: Friday, July 7, 4-6 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.
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!
- 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
- 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
- Day 3: Indiana
- Day 4: Illinois
- 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
- 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
- Quarry Park and Nature Preserve
- Waite Park, MN 56387
- GPS (map): 45.535609, -94.241481
- Terrain: Crushed rock and packed dirt trail with a few small hills. A few small “toe-catchers” and lots of shade.
- Elevation Gain (per lap estimates by Garmin): 39′
- Tentative Laps: 14 for marathon.
- Course Lap Preview
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!
Are you ready to up the ante from 7 races in 7 days to 12 races in 12 days?!
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