RUN4TROOPS Marathon

Packet Pick up

Friday before race day
8 am - 4 pm
Hodge Company Corporate Office
7465 Chavenelle Rd
563-583-9781

Saturday
Dyersville - Heritage Trailhead
6:00 am.
563-590-0151

Start of the race - 7 am
At the Corner of Hwy 136 (9th St SE) and 5th Ave

Shuttle Bus for Individual Marathoners departs at 5:15 am SHARP from Finish Parking Area
Corner of Hwy 52 & Rupp Hollow Rd

Marathoners can leave a bag "at the start" to be taken to the finish.


Preferred Hotel for Run4Troops Race Participants

Room block available at Best Western for the event at a rate of $109.99. Participants must call in directly to the hotel and ask for the Run4Troops rate.

NOTE: Rooms must be reserved by June 1st in order to get the discounted rate.


Race Date: June 28, 2014
Registration Closing Date: June 1, 2013 for RELAY TEAMS

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). Relay Teams can consist of 2 – 12 members. The race caps out at 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 www.run4troops.com .

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, and a team can have a driver who is not a runner. Working thru the logistics prior to the event is very important (recon strongly 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 on the registration form.

Packets will be available Friday before race day at Hodge Company Corporate Office (563-583-9781) at 7465 Chavenelle Rd from 8 am – 4 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 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 www.run4troops.com. Email us at run4troops@hodgecompany.com with any questions and/or feedback.