Hundreds of runners will take to the streets this weekend for the Journeys Marathon in Eagle River. It’s a race known for its scenic beauty.
It’s the 18th year of the annual race, and organizers are proud of the fact that Runner’s World magazine voted it one of the five best kept marathon secrets in the year 2000.
Kim Emerson is Events Coordinator at the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce. She says the race attracts people from all over the country who want to run in a natural setting.
“Definitely a majority of the runners are coming from right here in the Midwest- the Wisconsin, Illinois Minnesota Michigan area. But we do get people from California, Texas, Florida, Nevada – so they’re coming from all over the United States as well.”
The marathon course begins near Boulder Junction and finishes at Riverview Park in Eagle River, where spectators are encouraged to gather. Half-marathon and 5K courses are also offered.
Emerson says the race does a good job bringing people to the Northwoods in an off-peak time.
“It is a shoulder season event – come and enjoy the Northwoods during spring. And it definitely has a nice impact on the area as many of these runners are coming with family and friends as their support teams.”
Over 800 people have registered so far, and organizers expect registration to beat last year’s record of 1028 runners.
Volunteers are still needed to help set up and staff the event. Those interested should contact Kim Emerson at the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.