In the Long Run
Athletes from 20 states - and Germany - converge for 13th Marathon to Marathon on June 14th
For Lois Lind, the matriarch of the Marathon to Marathon, every jaunt out to the mailbox is an adventure.
"This morning, there was an entrant from California, one from Florida, one from New York and one from Oregon. That's a lot of ground to cover in one day," she laughs.
And that's not all. So far, entrants have registered from 20 diffrent states, as well as a couple of runners coming from Germany.
The 13th annual Marathon to Marathon, a project Lind and her late husband created and she continues to be actively involved in, is scheduled for Saturday, June 14.
Runners take off from Storm Lake High School at 6 a.m. for their 26.2-mile journey to Marathon, with the half-marathon competitors starting an hour later, and the 5K run/walk beginning at 8 a.m. in Marathon.
The event is all volunteer-driven. "We have a great committee. They are working late into the night every night getting things ready. For the runners, it's one day of effort, but for these people it is months of work, and a lot more still to do after the race is over and the runners have gone home," Lind says.
This year's planning is going very well. Registrations for both marathon and the half marathon running ahead of the numbers a year ago at this time. Marathon relay registrations always run slow, as it takes time for most groups to arrange five runners to take part.
The Marathon also never knows exactly what it is going to get. It allows registration the night before the race - and even on the morning of the run from 4:30-5:34 a.m. - so competitors can literally pull their cars up, pin on a number and run.
Whether it is word of mouth or a growing interest in distance running, there is plenty of buzz surrounding this particular event.
"I'm getting phone calls from all over the U.S. asking questions about our marathon.