For information about individual races (course description, directions, GPS coordinates, lodging, etc), please click the links below:
Day 1 (Mon, April 10): Winnsboro, Louisiana
Day 2 (Tue, April 11): Lake Village, Arkansas
Day 3 (Wed, April 12): Hollandale, Mississippi
Day 4 (Thu, April 13): Millington, Tennessee
Day 5 (Fri, April 14): Columbus, Kentucky
Day 6 (Sat, April 15): Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Day 7 (Sun, April 16): Vienna, Illinois
Quick overview:
Series dates: Monday, April 10-Sunday, April 16, 2017
Race times: All races in this series begin at 6:30AM CDT.
Packet pickup: Sunday, April 9, 4-6PM, Civitan Park, Winnsboro LA; Free pasta dinner will be served during packet pickup, at the start location.
Race day packet pickup/registration: One hour before start time on race day, at the start line.
Early Start: Yes, for marathon, half-marathon, and 50K; 5:30AM CDT, every day.
Average temps: Low 45-54/High 66-78
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! Participants with an average finish time over 7:00 are encouraged to consider the early start.
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 Airports (see travel times below): Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) or Memphis International Airport (MEM)
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:

  • St. Louis, MO (STL) Airport => Day 1 (LA): 604 miles, 8:49
  • OR Memphis, TN (MEM) Airport => Day 1 (LA): 302 miles, 4:30
  • Day 1 (LA) => Day 2 (AR): 92 miles, 1:51
  • Day 2 (AR) => Day 3 (MS): 39 miles, 0:44
  • Day 3 (MS) => Day 4 (TN): 176 miles, 3:02
  • Day 4 (TN) => Day 5 (KY): 124 miles, 2:23
  • Day 5 (KY) => Day 6 (MO): 60 miles, 1:16
  • Day 6 (MO) => Day 7 (IL): 46 miles, 0:59
  • Day 7 (IL) => St. Louis: 154 miles, 2:19
  • OR Day 7 (IL) => Memphis: 211 miles, 3:13

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!

Donate: Mike Brooks, a frequent runner at our events, will be celebrating his 70th birthday by raising funds for Camp Sunshine, a place where seriously ill children and their families can go to regroup, re-energize, and restore hope for the future. The Finish Line Youth Foundation will match the contributions Mike raises up to $7000.
Help us help Mike to reach his goal!

Looking for something to do between races?
Click HERE to check out an extensive list of points of interest along the way!

Louisiana – Arkansas – Mississippi – Tennessee – Kentucky – Missouri – Illinois

April 10-16 2017
Race Type By 11/30/16 12/1/16-2/28/17 3/1/17-3/30/17 After 3/30/17
Full $100 $115 $130 $150
Half $85 $100 $115 $130
10K $40 $40 $40 $50
5K $30 $30 $30 $40
Register online:
Day 1: April 10 Day 2: April 11 Day 3: April 12 Day 4: April 13 Day 5: April 14
Winnsboro LA Lake Village AR Hollandale MS Millington TN Columbus KY
Day 6: April 15 Day 7: April 16 Register online for the full series (all 7 days) at once!
Cape Girardeau MO Vienna IL
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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