Marathon to Marathon Races

Saturday, June 10, 2017 • Marathon, IA • Course Map

Now set for its 22nd annual running, the Marathon to Marathon road race is perhaps the perfect example of what a small town running event is all about, and features a full marathon, half marathon, 5K Run/Walk and a race for kids called the Tot Trot.

Staged with its starting line in the nearby town of Storm Lake, Iowa, and the finish line in Marathon, the race virtually doubles the population of the town on the Sunday each June that it’s run — just over 300 residents call Marathon their home, and the race usually draws just over 300 runners to the town each June for the race.

A fast and flat race that takes place over the long stretches of rural highway in northwestern Iowa, the race course starts (for those participating in the full, 26.2-mile marathon) at Storm Lake High School.

For those running in the half-marathon, the starting line lies at the 13.1-mile marker on Highway C43, the half-way point in the race, and continues on with the remainder of the full-marathon course to the finish line at the Marathon Community Center, at 300 West Attica Street.

Transportation is provided from the high school to the half-way marker for all participants in the 13.1-mile half marathon, which starts at 7:00 AM.

The race event also will feature a five-person relay for the full marathon, as well as a 5K Run/Walk and a “Tot Trot,” a short children’s run that takes place at the community center in Marathon.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the northwestern corner of the state, about 80 miles northwest of Sioux City, Marathon typically enjoys mild to warm weather conditions in June, which also is this town’s wettest month of the year on average.

On race day (June 10), the average low is 56ºF and the average high is 80ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Marathon to Marathon Races Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 6:00 AM – full marathon, relay
  • 7:00 AM – half marathon
  • 8:00 AM – 5K


  • $45 – $55 for the half marathon
  • $60 – $80 for the half marathon
  • $25 – $30 for the 5K


To reserve your spot in any of the race distances at the 2017 running of the Marathon to Marathon Races, register online at here.

Official Race Website


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