The 17th annual Journeys Marathon is slated for May 11, but it’s not too early to sign up and begin training. Registration brochures are now available and more than 150 runners are already entered.
The event will kick off with an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner and race registration/packet pick up at Northland Pines High School Friday night, May 10, from 5 to 9 p.m. On Saturday, May 11, the full marathon will start at 8 a.m., the half marathon and power walk will start at 9:15 a.m. and the 5K at 10 a.m. The kids’ fun run will start at various times beginning at 10:30 a.m. and continue through 1 p.m. An awards ceremony will follow at 2 p.m.
Journeys Marathon was voted one of the Top 5 “Best Kept Marathon Secrets” by Runners World magazine. The marathon starts against a woodland backdrop near Boulder Junction on rustic roads and meanders through the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest and past many scenic northern Wisconsin lakes along the way to the finish line at Riverview Park in Eagle River.
Journeys Marathon and Half Marathon are USATF certified courses and the full marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Events include a 26.2-mile full marathon, a 13.1-mile half marathon and power walk, a 5K and a fun run for kids 12 and under. Races are open to runners and walkers.
For more information about this event and to register, contact the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center at (800) 359-6315 or visitjourneysmarathon.org.