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Rails to Trail Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k

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Start Date
October 1, 2023 @ 8:00 am
End Date
October 1, 2023 @ 1:00 pm
120 Mill StreetNorwalk

Do you have a love for running and the great outdoors? Are you looking for a unique race experience that marries both? Look no further than the Rails to Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k. This annual event takes place on the stunning Elroy-Sparta State Trail in Wisconsin each year. The trail is a former railway line that has been converted into a trail system, providing a flat and scenic course for runners of all abilities. Read on to discover why the Rails to Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k is a must-attend event.

1) The Trail:

As previously mentioned, the Elroy-Sparta State Trail is a former railway line that has been repurposed into a trail system. Runners will be surrounded by beautiful scenery throughout their race, with stunning views of forests, rivers, and rolling hills. The trail is primarily made up of crushed limestone, which provides a forgiving surface for runners while still providing enough traction to keep them steady on their feet. The trail is relatively flat, with only a few gentle inclines and declines, making it an ideal course for runners of all abilities.

2) The Atmosphere:

The Rails to Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k are unlike any other race you’ve ever participated in. The atmosphere is laid-back, relaxed, and friendly – exactly what you’d expect from a small Wisconsin town. Participants and volunteers alike have a great time, and you’re likely to make some new running friends along the way. The race is known for its homemade aid stations, stocked with everything from Gatorade to home-baked cookies. Additionally, aid stations are spaced out relatively evenly along the course, ensuring that runners have everything they need to stay fueled and hydrated.

3) The Organization:

The Rails to Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k are exceedingly well-organized. The race directors have thought of everything, from ensuring ample parking to providing plenty of porta-potties at the start and along the course. The course is well-marked, with clear signage indicating where runners need to go. Volunteers are plentiful and enthusiastic, ensuring that runners always know where they’re going and what they need to do.

4) The Community:

The Rails to Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k has become a beloved event in the local community. Participants are greeted with warmth and hospitality from the moment they arrive, and the race has become a significant fundraising event for the local area. Proceeds from the race go to support local initiatives, and runners are encouraged to explore the nearby towns and attractions while they’re in the area. Explore the charming downtown areas of Sparta, Norwalk, and Wilton, all of which are located near the trail.

5) The Value:

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that the Rails to Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k is an exceptional value compared to other races of their kind. The registration fee is considerably lower than similar events, and the race swag is top-notch. Runners receive a high-quality t-shirt, a finisher’s medal, and a swag bag loaded with goodies. Additionally, the homemade aid stations mentioned earlier are a real treat, and the post-race party is a fantastic way to celebrate your race-day accomplishments.

The Rails to Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k are events that should be on every runner’s bucket list. The combination of a scenic trail, friendly atmosphere, outstanding organization, supportive community, and exceptional value make it a race that you don’t want to miss. Sign up for next year’s race, and we’ll see you at the finish line!

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Venue Details
Rails to Trail Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k | Location, 120 Mill Street
Norwalk, Wisconsin 54648 United States
Events Details
Date :
01 October 2023
Time :
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Categories :
Rails To Trails Norwalk
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