Northwoods residents have always believed in the power of a great view. That’s why – for two decades now – the Journeys Marathon has taken runners on a scenic course that meanders through state forests and along multiple Eagle River area lakes. It’s no wonder that Runner’s World has called the event one of the top five “Best-Kept Marathon Secrets” in America. (However, with more than 1,000 participants, it’s debatable how truly “secret” the Journeys Marathon really is anymore.)
One of the most unique distance running events in the country, Journeys Marathon will celebrate its 20th year on May 14. For competitive runners, the marathon is a Boston qualifier. However, on the opposite side of the spectrum, the event attracts youngsters with the Kids Fun Run for children aged 7 years old or younger. A half marathon, 13.1-mile power walk and a 5K run are also offered, as well as a new 10K race that was added this year.
As always, Journeys Marathon events provide competitors with plenty of support. Volunteers will be stationed at two-mile intervals along the course, providing water and, near the end of the marathon, fruit and cookies. For runners craving some post-race protein, Old Wisconsin brats and wieners will be available, as well as locally brewed beer from Tribute Brewing Company.
Just like all runners support each other out on the course, Eagle River understands the importance of community. That’s why we do our packet pick-up the night before the event a bit differently: with an All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner. While we don’t encourage anyone to overdo it (as carbo-loading does have a point of diminishing returns), we do hope you enjoy spending time with friends, family and fellow runners.
If you’ve already signed up, keep training! If you haven’t signed up, yet, there’s still time to get in shape or to participate in the power walk. We hope to see you out there during the 20th annual Journeys Marathon.