Saturday, Sept 15th, 2018

Voted Best Marathon in Minnesota!

We have partnered with the Chippewa National Forest to bring you a race for those who love nature and would never be called “faint at heart.” The course starts in the quaint, lakeside town of Walker, Minnesota, hugging the borders of Leech Lake (the 3rd largest lake in Minnesota). After winding through the blocks of our small town, you will venture out into the forest to enjoy vibrant fall colors, the sweet smell of wildflowers and leaves changing, and the clean air of nature unspoiled.

Trip Advisor looked at every state in the USA and chose the top marathon worth traveling for. So if you’re a road warrior who is looking for another medal to hang around your neck, or if you just want to figure out how to get off the couch and go running, consider Walker North Country Marathon as highly reviewed and participated in for Minnesota. This list of races are more difficult than others, some have breathtaking scenery, and others are some of the most fun events you can handle while also getting blisters.


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We made #10 on this list!

Regularly recognized for its excellent trail systems and outdoor activities, it’s no wonder that Minnesota is host to an inordinate number of marathons. To be sure, the state is also home to a burgeoning running community that supports these events. A significant challenge that requires months of preparation, for some, it’s a bucket-list accomplishment and others, a way of life.

https://rootsrated.com/stories/14-minnesota-marathons-to-look-forward-to-this-year

September 15th, 2018

The Walker North Country Races includes the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K Run/Walk and the Kids Fun Run. We are a Boston Marathon qualifying race! This small town comes together to make the event a success. Each year we have around 900 runners, and 300 local volunteers to make sure their journey through the woods is safe and fun. Come and celebrate the big finish at the top!

Friday, Sept 18, 2015

Packet Pickup at WHA School - 4:00-7:00 PM

Saturday, Sept 19, 2015

7:30-8:30 AM - Registration & Packet Pickup at WHA School

9:00 - Start of Marathon - High School Track

9:15 - Start of 10K Walk/Run on 4th Street North of School
After 10K Start - Shuttle Busses Leave for Half Marathon
9:30 - 10K Finishers Begin to Arrive - High School Track
10:00 - Start of Half Marathon - 13.1 Mile Marker
11:00 - Fun Run at High School Track (Ages 12 & Under)
11:15 - Marathon Finishers Begin to Arrive - High School Track


The Walker North Country Marathon is held annually on the 3rd Saturday in September and starts and finishes at WHA School.

Val Schultz
Marathon Committee Chair

All other inquiries and mail can be directed to the Walker Area Community Center by clicking Contact.



Race Day Schedule

Friday, Sept 14, 2018

  • Packet Pickup at WHA School - 4:00-7:00 PM

Saturday, Sept 15, 2018

  • 7:30-8:30 AM - Registration & Packet Pickup at WHA School
  • 9:00 - Start of Marathon - High School Track
  • 9:15 - Start of 10K Walk/Run on 4th Street North of School
  • After 10K Start - Shuttle Busses Leave for Half Marathon
  • 9:30 - 10K Finishers Begin to Arrive - High School Track
  • 10:00 - Start of Half Marathon - 13.1 Mile Marker
  • 11:00 - Fun Run at High School Track (Ages 12 & Under)
  • 11:15 - Marathon Finishers Begin to Arrive - High School Track


 

As Seen in "Run Minnesota"!
A marathon finisher’s medal is perhaps one of the most cherished and meaningful race mementos. It represents more than just completing the 26.2 miles and crossing the finish line. The marathon finisher’s medal symbolizes the countless hours and miles of training, the commitment, the sacrifice and the dedication required to make it to the starting line adequately prepared for this test of cardiorespiratory endurance and mental toughness.

2012 marked the thirtieth running of the Walker North Country Marathon, which provided the inspiration for the finisher’s medal. As stated by designer Melanie Rice, “We wanted to do something really different with our logo and our slogan. Not wanting a shape that was the traditional circle, the shape of the state of Minnesota seemed appropriate.” Click to read more!

Race Rules

Early Starts: Early starts in the marathon are for individuals who believe that they may not be able to complete the course in the 6-hour time limit. The early start time is at 7:30 am; runners are advised to bring a bottle of water with them as the first few aid stations may not be in place at the time you arrive. You must inform race officials prior to the start that you would like an early start. You can do this by sending an email to wacc@arvig.net or calling 218-547-1853.

Strollers: No strollers are allowed on the marathon or half-marathon courses, they are allowed to start in the back of the 10K course.

Pets: No pets are allowed in any of the events.

Refunds:  Race fees are non-refundable.


Course Description & Aid Stations

Marathon: The Marathon course winds through the beautiful Chippewa National Forest in northern Minnesota. Vibrant fall colors provide the backdrop as runners traverse hills and backwoods bridges, catching glimpses some of the thousands of Minnesota lakes. Less than 5 miles of the course are run on paved road. Most of the course is run on grass trail, paved trail, and gravel roads. The trail is groomed and any obstacles are marked for safety. The race starts and ends at the local high school. The starts is fast as it is down hill, but that means, of course, that the end is uphill.

1/2 Marathon: The 1/2 Marathon course starts at mile 13.1 of the marathon course, and follows the 2nd half of the course to finish at the high school track in Walker (including the famous 1/2 mile climb to the finish line).

10K Course: The 10K starts down hill and winds for a short time through town before turning onto the Paul Bunyan Trail. The trail is paved and flat until the last 1/2 mile to the finish, which is uphill.

 

Aid Stations & Facilities

  • For the Marathon and Half Marathon - Aid stations will be located at Marathon Mile Markers 3.5, 6, 7.5, 9, 11.5, 14.5, 16.2, 18.5, 20, 23 and 25.5 mile markers. For the 10K - One aid station will be at available at the halfway point.
  • Medical personnel, first aid supplies, emergency communications, water and a power drink will be available at each station.
  • Restrooms and Showers will be available at the High School - Bring your own soap and towels.
  • Sandwiches, Fruit and Beverages will be available on the track at the Finish Line for participants only.

 

Full Marathon Map

Half Marathon Map

10K Map



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