Prairie du Chien will be a host community in 7-day marathon series

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By Addison Mumm

Prairie du Chien will host a Heartland Series Marathon, sponsored by Mainly Marathons, Saturday, June 6, on St. Feriole Island, beginning at 5 a.m. The traveling marathon will start its seven-day series on June 1, in Bryan, Ohio.

The two-year-old Mainly Marathons company puts on traveling marathons for runners who have goals of competing in different states, local community members and other aspiring runners. Mainly Marathons has 40 states they will visit this year. Usually, small towns in each state host a race and all runners are welcomed to travel to the next location to finish all seven races.

The options of 5K, half marathon and full marathon can accommodate all types of runners. Participants are given the choice to upgrade or downgrade during the race as well. The Heartland Series Marathon, like other races hosted by the Mainly Marathons company, is unlike other such events. This race won’t be merited by speed, but based on first-time marathon runners and the Caboose Award, the last person to cross the finish line. Other awards for the completion of the entire seven-race series are also given out.

Because there is no time cut off like other marathons, the Heartland Series Marathon encourages all age groups to join. Strollers are welcome, but animals are prohibited for the comfort of all participants.

Race Director Clint Burleson said the race is supposed to be fun, since time restrictions can distract people from enjoying themselves and being active. Burleson also stated they like to keep their runners healthy and motivated with snacks and drinks.

Based on the geography and driving distance, Burleson tries to choose the best communities for runners. Burleson said they like small towns for their character and charm. If events go well, Mainly Marathons hopes to return to the towns the following year.

The race in Prairie du Chien will take place mostly on hiking trails, starting and ending at the Villa Louis. The race will have multiple laps, unlike other marathon courses.

Burleson expects about 100 runners to participate in the race. Among those will be three of the top American male runners, all who have participated in over 1,000 marathons in their lifetimes, and the top female American runner, who has joined in 7,000 marathons over the years. Some participants from out of the country will also join in the seven-day series.

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