Packet Pick up

Packet Pick up is Friday before race day, 8 am – 4 pm at The Hilton Garden Inn or Saturday 6 am at the Start in Dyersville.

Hilton Garden Inn - Dubuque
1801 Greyhound Park Road, Dubuque, IA 52001
(563) 585-5200

Shuttle Buses
Shuttle Bus TO THE START for marathoners departs at 5:15 am SHARP from The Hilton Garden Inn. Marathoners can leave a bag “at the start” to be taken to the finish area. There will be shuttle vans for marathoners at the finish after the race to transport back to The Hilton Garden Inn.

Start of the race - 7:00 am in Dyersville
At the Corner of Hwy 136 (9th St SE) and 5th Ave

*6:40 am Mandatory Meeting at Start

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

Race Day: June 25, 2016

Registration Closing Date: Tuesday before RACE DAY, unless we fill earlier (100 Relay Teams ONLY).

Race Description
This is a point to point, chip timed marathon distance trail run from Dyersville to Dubuque on the scenic and rustic Heritage Trail. This event can be completed as an individual marathoner ($75 before June 1, $85 after, $100 RACE DAY) or a relay team ($35/team member before June 1, $40 after, $45 RACE DAY). Relay Teams can consist of 2 – 12 members.

The race caps out at 100 Relay Teams – so REGISTER EARLY!


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 here .

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 advised).

There will be shuttle busses for individual marathon runners (ONLY) to provide transportation from the host Hotel (Hilton Garden Inn) in Dubuque to the start in Dyersville. 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 the Hilton Garden Inn from 8 am – 4 pm and, again, at the start in Dyersville at 5:45 – 6:15 am.

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. Shuttles will also be available after the race to transport marathoners back to the Hilton Garden Inn.

All proceeds from this event go to assist and support our military and their families in the tri-state area. Email us at with any questions and/or feedback.