The Gandy Dancer Trail Marathon




For Race Day Information click here!

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 at the Luck Fire Station at the intersection of Highway 48 and West Street.  Showers are available at the Fire Station.

Fire Station Address:
115 West Street
Luck WI 54853

When: Saturday, October 11, 2014. 26.2 mile race starts at 8 AM, 13.1 mile race starts at 9 AM, 5k starts at 9:15 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 9/15/2014.  On 9/16/2014 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 9/15/2014. On 9/16/2014 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 $30.00 (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!
  • New! The course WILL be certified as a Boston Qualifier!
  • For camping information write Eric Olson at: GandyMarathon@gmail.com
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!

Don't forget about the 5k, get your friends and family to come and walk or run it, then encourage them to stick around and cheer you in!


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 
Jennie-O Turkey Store Bernick's Bottling Co
Culligan

Note: Organizers incur great expense when putting on an event like the Gandy Dancer Marathon.  For that reason, we regret to inform you that we are unable to offer refunds under any circumstance.  If you are unable to participate in the full marathon, please come to the race to pick up your event T-shirt and enjoy the other festivities.  We are also willing to mail you your T-shirt upon request.   Again, this event is a fund raiser for the Luck, Fire Department and we appreciate your contribution to that cause.

49 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. 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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  4. 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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  5. Yes, we will have nice Finishers Madals, Shirts and Awards for everyone! Finish line party on Main Street.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Are the shirts sizing mens or womens? Is it all mens? Thanks

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. What is the route for the 5k?

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    1. Also out and back finishing in the same spot as the full.

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  18. I could not find the refund policy (if any). Due to health issues, it is looking like I will be unable to run.

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    1. Due to the fact that this event is a fund raiser for the Luck Fire department, I regretfully inform you that we are unable to offer refunds. The general precedent is that events do not offer refunds (even in the event of cancellation) because organizers incur tremendous costs in putting these races on. However, you are entitled to your finisher's T-shirt which you can pick up on race day (or which we will mail to you upon special request). Thanks for your inquiry.

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  19. Is the 5k on the Gandy or does it follow a different route? The map looks like it heads west out and back but crosses HWY35. Just curious about the surface of limestone vs. pavement or flat vs. hilly. Thanks!

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    1. The 5K is also on the Gandy marathon trail.

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  20. What time does the 5K start? Also, if we are running the Gandy as well, those doing the 5K will be meeting ones coming back? If so, it sounds like a lot of people traffic.

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  21. Will there be Gatorade at the water stops?

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  22. Anyone else excited for this???

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    1. We're really excited about it! We're swamped with final preparations because we sincerely want everyone to have a wonderful time!

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  23. How late is packet pickup for 1/2 marathon? 6:00 until?

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  24. What kind of numbers are you expecting for each race?

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    1. As of right now the numbers are as follows:
      Full Marathon: 81
      Half Marathon: 174
      5k: 63

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  25. Will there be mile markers at every mile? How about a clock at 13.1 for the full marathoners?

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    1. Yes there are mile markers at every mile. No, there is no clock at the half.

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  26. This was an outstanding event, wether it was your first(me) or 220th(one of the extraordinary runners)!!

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  27. You all put on a great event! Very-well organized and tons of great volunteers. Nice work!

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  28. It was a really fun marathon I would definitely do it again. It had that small town atmosphere and everybody was so friendly.They did a great job for putting on there first marathon!!!
    Johnny Why Not

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  29. Great race. Hard to believe this was an inaugural event. I can't wait to do it again next year...and the next year...and the next year...

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    1. What a kind comment! That's exactly what we wanted to hear!

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  30. I was impressed with how well run the race was. Plenty of waterstops and gatorade. The small town atmosphere made me feel like an Olympian. For the price a finishers tshirt and medal are all you need. I am having trouble finding my official finishing time and age group place. I will recommend this race to anyone looking for a Boston qualifying time. The establishments that where open in Luck were fun. But I wish more of the stores where open. Not even a rummage sale.

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