Sand volleyball to petting zoo - something for everyone
This year's Marathon to Marathon is shaping up with a lot of new events in addition to some of the old standbys, according to Terry Benson, board member for the 10th anniversary event. Benson is heading up the effort to coordinate same-day race events. "The day in general reaches across age groups and there's something for all ages," Benson said.
There are about 2,000 people expected to fill the streets of Marathon June 11.
Events get underway with a spaghetti supper Friday night at Storm Lake High School sponsored by the Storm Lake Booster Club from 5:30-8.
Bruce and Laurie Stone are ambassadors for this year's Marathon to Marathon and they will spend the day riding around in a golf cart and handing out candy and Mardi Gras beads and making sure everyone has a good time and that the event is running smoothly, Benson said.
The Albert City Community Band will perform at the Community Center grounds in the morning.
They will no doubt hope play a special salute to Governor Vilsack as he crosses the finish line. The Doo Wops, a vocal ensemble from Fort Dodge, will offer classic rock 'n roll and old-time standards from the '30s to the '90s at the Marathon Community Building starting at noon.
A new feature this year will be a flea market coordinated by Nyle and Lou Ann Burns. The market will be east of the Community Building by the tennis courts from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature antiques and crafts.
Ike's Job Site is sponsoring a poker run starting in the morning and going through the afternoon. Call 289-4704 for details.
The tot trot, a one-block race, will be held at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Community Building.
There will be an omelette breakfast Saturday morning at the Community Building from 7-11 a.m., pork burgers Saturday at noon, plus pizza, popcorn and Tropical Snow treats available.
The Jumpin' Jupiter will be at the Community Building starting at 10 a.m. The day's events shift to downtown after the race. Immediately after the official closing of the race at noon, there will be sand volleyball throughout the day on the west side of Agora.
The Royal Flush Dunk Tank will be held downtown during the afternoon. The dunk tank will feature celebrity 'dunkees' including Marathon Mayor Dana Snow and race director Al Pierce.
A mini tractor pull will be held 1 p.m. one block east of the Lutheran Church on the corner of Athens and Neptune.
Downtown entertainment will include a kids corner on Main street from 1-3 p.m. with crafts, games, face painting, and possibly an obstacle course. Other Saturday afternoon entertainment for kids includes Verne Hillmer's train from Albert City and an 'unreal' petting zoo with some surprising animals downtown.
The Laurens-Marathon speech department and FFA will provide volunteers to help with the Jumping Jupiter and kids corner and along the race route. The speech department will also entertain. There will also be street musicians from 1-3 p.m. at Ike's corner.
About 250 KICD tractors will begin arriving in town between 1-2 p.m. after the drivers have lunch at the Threshermen's grounds along M54 northwest of Albert City.
The LMN&O Railroad will hold a free watermelon feed in the afternoon. There will be trolley rides from downtown to the museum.
Race promoters are still looking for participants in the 5K walk/run and other race events taking place Saturday morning. For registration information see the Marathon to Marathon Web site at
The 99th annual alumni banquet will be held 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Community Building. "That's been a hallowed tradition around here," Benson said. She said there will be special recognition of classes observing their 25th and 50th anniversaries and the Laurens-Marathon graduating class of 2005 will also be inducted into the alumni association. She said there will also be a memorial for those who have passed on during the past year.