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 QUICK STATS
June 22rd Race Date
Relay Transition Areas
Start Location: RACE START - Dyersville
Finish Location: Farley
Distance: 6.6 Miles
Start Location: Transition #1 - Farley
Finish Location: Epworth
Distance: 4.4 Miles
Start Location: Transition #2 - Epworth
Finish Location: Graf
Distance: 3.6 Miles
Start Location: Transition #3 - Graf
Finish Location: Budd Rd.
Distance: 4.5 Miles
Start Location: Transition #4 - Budd Rd.
Finish Location: Durango
Distance: 3.4 Miles
Start Location: Transition #5 - Durango
Finish Location: Dubuque
Distance: 3.7 Miles
Step by Step Directions to Transition Areas >
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.
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
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.
Transition Area Parking
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.
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 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.
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.
Road Crossings & Public Access
|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|
|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|
Click on the links below to see past results for that year.
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.