The Gandy Dancer Trail Marathon Coming This October 11th, 2014



Come and run the Gandy!
Introducing the 1st annual Gandy Dancer Marathon!

What: Half (13.1 mile), Full (26.2 mile) marathon on the Gandy Dancer trail during the peak of Northern Wisconsin's fall colors! We are also offering a fun 5k run/walk!

Where: Luck, WI. The start area is on the intersection of West Street and 3rd block away from HWY 35 entering Luck.  The best address for your GPS is: 2 3rd Ave. Luck WI 54853 

When: Saturday, October 11, 2014. 26.2 mile race starts at 8 AM, 13.1 mile race starts at 9 AM 

Swag: Event T-Shirt, Finisher's medal, Age class awards (10 year increments)

Entry Fees:
For the full marathon, registration is $45.00 until 7/1/2014. On 7/2/2014 preregistration increases to $55.00 until 9/30/2014.  On 10/1/2014 preregistration increases to $65.00 until 10/10/2014.   Day of registration the fee increases to $75.00 so please get your entry in EARLY!

For the half marathon, registration is $40.00 until 7/1/2014. On 7/2/2014 preregistration increases to $50.00 until 9/30/2014. On 10/1/2014 preregistration increases to $60.00 until 10/10/2014.  Day of registration the fee increases to $70.00.

For the 5k run/walk, registration is $25.00 until 10/10/2014. Day of registration the fee increases to $35.00 (finishers will receive a T-Shirt but not a medal).

Make checks payable to: Gandy Marathon. Register Online or mail this form and entry fee to: Gandy Marathon PO Box 444 Luck, WI 54843.  Or click here for online registration.

For any further questions or concerns, contact Eric Olson at: GandyMarathon@gmail.com

Race will feature:
  • Chip timing
  • Main street finish
  • Finish line party
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Age class awards
  • Race Morning Bib-Pick up
  • Fire Truck Photo Op
  • For more information on the area go to www.luckwisconsin.com
  • No time limit--Everybody finishes!
  • 15 aid stations
  • Click here for Course Map!
The trail is a flat and fast limestone surface that should allow you a great chance at a PR as well as save you from the pounding you'd experience on pavement.  If you want to run it in a costume, that would be awesome!

All proceeds from this event will go to the Luck Fire Department!

Thanks to our sponsors:
Seger Socks    Hillsound     Luck Fire Department
CyclovaXC     Sterling Bank     Ben's Northern Bar
Lake Land Communication     Frandsen Bank and Trust     Bon Ton
Cafe Wren     Cardinal Accounting
Wayne's Food Plus     Thrivent Financial

26 comments:

  1. Count me in!!! I am looking forward to it!!!
    -Heather Peterson

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  2. Are the runners going North or South from Luck?

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  3. both, it goes South for 6 miles, then North for 6 miles, you go out and back twice

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  4. I'm assuming its out and back twice for the full marathon? once for the half? Is the race timed? Thanks!

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    1. Yes, the race is timed. Our current plan is to get chip timing. You go out and back South for the half, and then out and back North for the full...although the race course is subject to change. We are also planning on having the course designated as a Boston qualifier.

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  5. Sounds intriguing. I'm looking for a marathon in WI this fall, and yours may be the closest to me. Are there going to be any finisher medals or age group awards?

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  6. Yes, we will have nice Finishers Madals, Shirts and Awards for everyone! Finish line party on Main Street.

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  7. I am looking for a marathon in October, but wondering what the course for this one is like. Is it pretty flat, or more hilly?

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    1. Super flat, it's on a limestone trail that used to be a railroad track. We're looking to have this certified as a Boston qualifier because we think it's going to be super fast.

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  8. Sounds like this trail is groomed - road shoes would work fine? No need for trail shoes, am I right?

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    1. Yes, road shoes should work fine, although they're going to get dusty probably. I'll probably be using road shoes.

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  9. When training for my last marathon I would drive 1/2 hour just to run this trail for my long training runs. Huge knee saver with the flat, crushed gravel trail. The Luck area is a good party spot too.

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  10. Besides being a forgiving surface, it will have lots of shade and color if the leaves fall late as they did last year.

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  11. Are the shirts sizing mens or womens? Is it all mens? Thanks

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  12. How "supported" will it be? I'm sure I'll carry my handheld bottle, but I like to be prepared.

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    1. We are going to have a lot of water stops. I believe Eric said there will be 11, but I'll have him verify that. Thanks for asking.

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  13. I am wondering the same thing about the t-shirts. Will they be standard mens sizing? I am ready to mail in my registration and waiting to hear.

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  14. T-shirts will be standard men's sizing. Please sign up soon since the price goes up on July 1st. Thanks everyone for your interest!

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    1. Registration is in the mailbox. Looking forward to this!

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  15. When do you anticipate knowing if it will be a certified course? Twin Cities Marathon registration will be closing soon so I will need to make a decision sooner than later, thanks.

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    1. We are working hard to get this done, but at this point I can't guarantee it. I'd love to have you in our event, but if the certification is a super high priority I'd have to advise you to do Twin Cities. However, the Twin Cities marathon is a pretty tough course to run a qualifying time on (big uphill at the end). I would hate to have you miss out on a marathon because you're waiting on us. Thanks for writing!

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  16. Is there a course map yet?

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    1. yes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bys4jqCjXI9fenpiRlNpbDdheEk/edit?usp=sharing

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  17. How many are registered so far?

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    1. About 150 between the 3 events, mainly in the half marathon.

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