Event Date

Sat, Jun 28, 2014


Dyersville, IA

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RUN4TROOPS Marathon Saturday, June 28, 2014

Hwy 136 Park Pavilion 7:00 am Race Start

Dyersville, Iowa

Registration Closing Date: June 15, 2014

Race Description: This is a point to point, chip timed marathon distance trail run (non-qualifier) from Dyersville to Dubuque on the scenic and rustic Heritage Trail. This event can be completed as an individual marathoner ($75) or a relay team ($35/team member). Teams can consist of 2 - 12 members. The race is limited to 100 relay teams so REGISTER EARLY! NO REFUNDS AFTER May 1.

There are 6 legs to the race. Distances: 6.6, 4.4, 3.6, 4.5, 3.4, and 3.7 miles. Elevation is 957 ft at the start and 652 ft at the finish, with a peak of 1,078 at transition #1 in Farley. The trail surface is mostly crushed limestone, but has a bit of everything from dirt to grass to black top. About 70% of the trail is shaded with trees but there are a few stretches of direct sun exposure (mostly the first leg, which is early in the morning). Check out the course map at

This is a "military style" event, which means minimal support. Each relay team will have a General/Leader who is responsible for coordinating the drop-off and pick-up of all team members at each transition/check point. The General can be a runner, or a team can have a driver who is not a runner. Working through the logistics prior to the event is very important (recon suggested).

There will be shuttle busses for individual marathon runners (ONLY) to provide transportation from the finish line in Dubuque (see map on website for location). Busses depart Dubuque at 5:15 am sharp and are scheduled to arrive at the start between 5:45 and 6:00 am. Race starts at 7:00 am.  Reserve your spot on the bus during registration.

Packets will be available Friday before race day at Hodge Company Corporate Office (563-583-9781) at 7465 Chavenelle Rd from 8:00 am 4:00 pm and, again, at the start in Dyersville at 6:00 am. (563-590-0151)

There will be water/sports drink stations at each transition, as well as on golf carts traveling on the trail. We highly recommend bringing your own fuel as well, as it is typically quite warm and you will most likely need water more often than at each transition. Water is NOT available every mile.


The cut off points are at Budd Rd (Transition 4) - 6 hours, Durango (Transition 5) - 7 hours and cut off time to the finish is 8 hours.  Timing chips will be pulled as these times are not met.

Food, beverage, music, and fun provided at the finish line at the Heritage Pond in Dubuque.

All proceeds from this event go to assist and support our military and their families in the tri-state area. For more information about the RUN4TROOPS event, visit Email us at with any questions and/or feedback, or check us out on Facebook.

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