Governor Tom Vilsack announced this week that he plans to run in the 10th annual Marathon to Marathon June 11, according to Terry Benson, Marathon board member.
Benson said Vilsack is still deciding whether he will run the entire 26.2-mile marathon which starts at Storm Lake High School and ends at the Community Building in Marathon. If he is successful, it will be his third marathon run during his term in office.
If the governor does not choose to attempt the entire run, he may try the relay or the new half-marathon event. There is also a 5K event.
"It's going to depend on whether he's prepared, I suppose," Benson said. "He's going to participate in some way. He's going to be on the course."
Benson said the governor's time will likely be limited before and after the race.
"We're just really happy that he's coming," Benson said. "We think it's quite an honor. We hope he has a great time."
The full marathon starts at 6 a.m. Saturday, June 11. The half-marathon starts at 7 a.m. at the halfway mark. Runners in the half-marathon can meet at the starting point at Storm Lake High School for transportation to the starting point.
Benson said this year's honorary starters include three runners who have run all nine previous Marathon races.
They include Douglas Bryner of Ames, Jerry Sombke of Freedom, Minn., and Jim McKillop of Des Moines.
There is still time to register for any of the events.