This year the course is centered around Mayer, Minnesota on the Dakota Rail Trail. The trail is a paved asphalt 10 ft wide route built to follow the old rail line as it goes west from the Twin Cities.
The western end of the course will be just west of mile 28 in Lester Prairie. The eastern end will be near milepost 18 east of Mayer.
Half marathon has a bus that will take walkers from the meeting point at the High School to the half marathon start.
All other distances start from the High School
The half marathon course of 13.1 miles starts at the western end near milepost 28 and goes east thru Mayer to milepost 18 where the route turns back towards Mayer. In Mayer there will be a short finishing leg off the trail towards the High School and the finish line.
The marathon course of 26.2 miles starts at the High School. Marathoners and 50k walkers go out 13.1 miles to Lester Prairie, then turn and follow the half marathon back. From the starting line there is a short leg to the trail. Walkers then go east to the milepost 18 turn. They then go back west towards Lester Prairie and milepost 28. On reaching the half marathon start they turn back following the half marathon route as described above.
The 50 km course is the same as the marathon course with the addition of an additional 4 km out and back loop before leaving the trail to the finish line at the High School.
The 10 km starts from the High School following the short leg to the trail. On the trail the 10 km turns east towards milepost 18 and then returns back 5 km to the finish line at the High School
The Mayer Lutheran High School will provide access for refreshment and rest rooms. It is a spacious, modern facility with plenty of parking.
Participants should adjust their clothing for the weather prior to proceeding to the start line near to the local High School.
Participants in the half marathon, marathon and 50k will also be able to check clothing at the first water stop they encounter.
The clothing check is very simple. You bring the extra bib numbers. We provide a clear plastic bag. You put the clothing you want to check into the clear plastic bag, add one of your bib numbers, and tie the bag shut. Give the bag to the volunteer. We transport the bags back to Papa’s Shoe Repair, and you pick them up when you finish.
Do not leave clothing on the ground at the start, at a water stop, or along the trail. If you must, you can leave clothing at any water stop, and we will do something with it. It might end up at Papa’s Shoe Repair by the time you finish, and it might not. But it will not be trash along the trail.
The Dakota Rail Regional Trail is a 10 foot (3 meter) wide asphalt trail built on a no longer used railroad right-of-way. The trail surface is in good condition, providing a smooth walking surface.
You may encounter other users, such as bicyclists, walkers, or runners, on the trail during the event. Please be considerate of the other trail users and give way as warranted by the circumstances. As a shared use event on the trail we want to earn a community reputation for polite and friendly participants.
Because it is built on an old railroad right-of-way, there are no steep hills.
There is no camber (side to side slope), making the course easier on the ankles.
Aid stations will be open along the course every several miles. All stations have water, gatorade, & portable toilets. Even number stops and the finish line will have snacks.
Since you start and finish with the marathoners, somewhere we have to make you walk an additional 7805.012 meters. You will make a turn back on the course for the additional distance just before the marathon finish line.
If you decide to not walk the additional distance to make 50km, that is fine. Just tell the people at the finish line that you did not take the 50km loop. We will change your event.