For information about individual races (course description, directions, GPS coordinates, lodging, etc), please click the links below:

Day 1 (Sun, May 28): Bryan, Ohio
Day 2 (Mon, May 29): Niles, Michigan
Day 3 (Tue, May 30): Portage, Indiana
Day 4 (Wed, May 31): Fulton, Illinois
Day 5 (Thu, June 1): Clinton, Iowa
Day 6 (Fri, June 2): Sparta, Wisconsin
Day 7 (Sat, June 3): Albert Lea, Minnesota

Quick overview:
Series dates: Sunday, May 28-June 3, 2017
Race times: Ohio and Michigan will begin at 6:00AM EDT. Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota will begin at 5:00AM CDT.
Packet pickup: Saturday, May 27, 4-6PM, Moore Park Soccer Fields, 820 Newdale Drive, Bryan OH. Free pasta dinner will be served during packet pickup, at the same location.
Race day packet pickup/registration: One hour before start time on race day, at the start line. (Early starters may pick up packets on race morning, beginning 30 minutes before early start time.)
Early Start: Yes, for marathon, half marathon, and 50K only. One hour before regular start, every day.
Average temps:
Time limit: None. We have a “no runner left behind” policy, and we happily stay until the final finisher crosses the line. Walkers are always welcome!
Pets/strollers: Pets are not allowed, for the safety and comfort of our runners/walkers; you’re welcome to bring a stroller if you have small children.
Group dinners: See individual states’ pages for times, dates, and locations.
Discounts: $10 discount on marathon/half marathon to active military, as well as members of any club that will list these events on their calendar. (Active.com requires a code to receive discount, which you can find on the club’s site or by contacting us.) We also offer a discount for local participants; contact us for details.
Food/aid stations: Due to our unique multi-loop course setup, we have one giant “aid station,” with more food and drink than you could ever need! Ask anyone who’s run at least one of our races; we’ve got everything from fruit to jelly beans to sandwiches, water to Gatorade to hot coffee, and everything in between. Way more than just Goo and bananas–we even have our very own chef and mobile kitchen. Check out Norm’s Kitchen to see what’s cookin’!
Closest Airport (see travel times below): Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
NOTE: Airport information is for reference only. Not everyone’s travel plans are the same; please do your own research to find the airport that best suits your needs.

Registration information is below. You may do any number of races; special medals are awarded to those who complete all seven!

    Travel distances/times between race locations:

  • Chicago, IL (ORD) Airport => Day 1 (OH): 220 miles, 3:28
  • Day 1 (OH) => Day 2 (MI): 108 miles, 1:52
  • Day 2 (MI) => Day 3 (IN): 61 miles, 1:05
  • Day 3 (IN) => Day 4 (IL): 178 miles, 2:50
  • Day 4 (IL) => Day 5 (IA): 3 miles, 0:08
  • Day 5 (IA) => Day 6 (WI): 178 miles, 3:29
  • Day 6 (WI) => Day 7 (MN): 147 miles, 2:11
  • Day 7 (MN) => O’Hare: 385, 5:37
  • What about the bling?
    We all know that’s the best part! Every participant (full or half marathon) will receive one t-shirt and other fun goodies.
    All finishers will receive a separate medal for each day; in addition, we give a special medal to those who complete all races in a series.
    We even give a special award to each person participating in his or her first full or half marathon!
    The best part: The famous caboose, given to the final finisher of each marathon and half marathon!

    Ohio – Michigan – Indiana – Illinois – Iowa – Wisconsin – Minnesota

    May 28-June 3 2017
    Race Type By 01/06/17 01/07/17-03/07/17 03/08/17-05/07/17 After 05/07/17
    Full $100 $115 $130 $150
    Half $85 $100 $110 $130
    10K $45 $45 $45 $55
    5K $35 $35 $35 $45
    Register online:
    Day 1: May 28 Day 2: May 29 Day 3: May 30 Day 4: May 31 Day 5: June 1
    Bryan OH Niles MI Portage IN Fulton IL Clinton IA
    Day 6: June 2 Day 7: June 3 Register online for the full series (all 7 races) at once!
    Sparta WI Albert Lea MN
    You may also register during packet pickup or on race day (cash/check/credit card/PayPal). Entry fees are non-refundable and may not be transferred or deferred.
Check out the amazing aerial video shot by a drone flown over our course in Clayton, NM, during the 2015 Dust Bowl Series!
Click HERE to video the full-sized video on our YouTube channel.

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Check out We're All in This Together, an insightful look into the very first 5-state, 5-day series, by author and series participant George Rose!


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