Course Information

Course Description

Explore the Heritage trail, the Upper Midwest’s most scenic all-season trail. Follow the 26-mile route of a once bustling railroad into a 450 foot deep valley past old mining and mill towns while discovering the rugged beauty that welcomes thousands of bicyclists and hikers each year. The mountain trail in prairie country is set in the deep, rugged woodlands with a gently sloping grade making travel easy and enjoyable. View the numerous river outlooks, sheer limestone bluffs, interpretive sites, railroad artifacts, and fossil collecting along this beautiful, crushed-limestone trail.

Course Map

COURSE QUICK STATS

Heritage
Trail
Location
Saturday,
June 23rd
Race Date
81°/61° Average Temp.
Smooth,
compact crushed
limestone
Terrain
955 ft Start Elevation
612 ft Finish Elevation
180 ft Elevation Gain

Relay Transition Areas

LEG #1

Start Location: RACE START - Dyersville
Finish Location: Farley
Distance: 6.6 Miles

LEG #2

Start Location: Transition #1 - Farley
Finish Location: Epworth
Distance: 4.4 Miles

LEG #3

Start Location: Transition #2 - Epworth
Finish Location: Graf
Distance: 3.6 Miles

LEG #4

Start Location: Transition #3 - Graf
Finish Location: Budd Rd.
Distance: 4.5 Miles

LEG #5

Start Location: Transition #4 - Budd Rd.
Finish Location: Durango
Distance: 3.4 Miles

LEG #6

Start Location: Transition #5 - Durango
Finish Location: Dubuque
Distance: 3.7 Miles

 

Step by Step Directions to Transition Areas >

 

Team Information

Relay Teams can consist of 2 – 12 members in male, female, and co-ed categories. Teams can split up the amount of legs each person runs depending on the number of racers on their team. Relay teams can also have multiple runners run the same leg. Transitions CAN ONLY take place at the designated Transition Areas.

Racer Transition

The only item team members will need to transfer at the Transition Areas is their race belt with race bib, which is also the timing chip. Please do your best to communicate your bib # to entire relay team prior to the start of the race.

Relay Transition Area Setup

Transition Area Parking

Parking is EXTREMELY LIMITED at each transition. Carpooling is strongly encouraged to limit the number of vehicles on the trail and allow for efficient transitions.

Race Support

Hydration & Fuel

Water, sports drinks and a variety of fueling options will be available at all Relay Transition Areas (5 Total). These are listed on the Course Map.

 

Water is not available at every mile; however, coolers of water bottles will be located at all of the non-transition area crossroads and support staff will be driving carts on the trail with plenty of hydration supplies throughout the course.

Restrooms

Port-a-Potties will be positioned at the Start and Finish, as well as every Relay Transition Area (5 Total). At Transition Areas, there will designation for Relay Participants and for Individual Marathoners. Relay participants should avoid using port-a-potties designated for marathoners to avoid a marathoner having to wait to use the restroom.

Medical Aid

Medical Staff will be positioned at all Transitions and at the Finish Area. In addition, medical staff will be traveling in vehicles along the route to aid in any medical emergencies and basic first aid.

Road Crossings & Public Access

There are multiple road crossings along the trail and there will be volunteer staff positioned at each to ensure safe crossing. Access to the trail for the general public will not be restricted on race day. Please be aware and respectful to all pedestrians on the trail.

Course Records

Marathon Records

DIVISION NAME TIME PACE YEAR
MALE MARATHONER Justin Gillette 2:44:43 6:17 2014
FEMALE MARATHONER Teylar Adelsberger 3:03:06 6:59 2017
TEAM RELAY Whalen Brothers 2:24:38 5:31 2017

Relay Records

LEG # LEG NAME DISTANCE TIME PACE TEAM YEAR
1 Start to Farley 6.6 0:34:26 5:13 Whalen Brothers 2015
2 Farley to Epworth 4.4 0:23:57 5:26 Whalen Brothers 2017
3 Epworth to Graf 3.6 0:19:35 5:26 Dreamy Dream Team 2016
4 Graf to Budd Rd. 4.5 0:21:54 4:51 Dreamy Dream Team 2017
5 Budd Rd. to Durango 3.4 0:19:01 5:35 We Tri 2013
6 Durango to Finish 3.7 0:20:20 5:29 Whalen Brothers 2017

Past Results

Click on the links below to see past results for that year.

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

Course Time Limit

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 if these times are not met.

Pace Groups

Do you have a time goal for your race? Join one of our pace groups and all them to help you achiever you goal. We will have the following Pacer Groups set for the race based on finishing times.

  • 4:00 Hours
  • 5:00 Hours
  • 5:15 Hours

There is no need to sign up for a Pace Group. Pacers will be identified at the start of the race with a sign indicating the goal finish time. The cost is completely free to all participants. 

Are you interested in becoming a  Pace Team Leader?  Email us at Run4Troops@hodgecompany.com for more details.

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