Runners were at the starting line at sunrise this past Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Triangle Park in Baker to participate in a marathon.
Posted Friday, September 19, 2014
By Lori Kesinger
Runners were at the starting line at sunrise this past Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Triangle Park in Baker to participate in a marathon. Baker was chosen as new host city for day one of the second annual Mainly Marathons “Center of the Nation” series. “Baker was a perfect location in coordinating with the other states. It has a perfect course around the lake and the town folks have been really helpful, especially the Chamber,” George Rose, Mainly Marathons marketing director, said.
The series had five full and half marathons in five states in five days starting in Baker Sept. 17 and continuing to Bowman, ND Sept. 18; Belle Fourche, SD Sept. 19; Sundance, WY Sept. 20; and ending in Chadron, NE Sept. 21.
The series was designed for first time full and half marathoners and more experienced marathoners trying to complete all five marathons in five days. A “no runner left behind” policy meant everyone received the same support on the course no matter how long it took to finish and most runners finished within five to seven hours.
The Baker marathon started at Triangle Park, looping around the south end of Baker lake into Iron Horse park on the east side and then back for 1.87 miles. Runners made seven laps (13.1 miles) to complete a half marathon and 14 laps (26.2 miles) for a full marathon. “Over 250 runners were registered for the local marathon with 41 states and 15 different countries represented. Baker had eight new runners in the marathon and three of those were going to run all five days of the series,” Rose said.
Among those running were some of the top endurance marathoners in the world, including Larry Macon, who currently holds the record for most marathons in a lifetime – 1370, and Jim Simpson, number two in the world at 1340. Several others with over 200, 300, 500 and even 1000 lifetime marathons ran in the series.
A free pasta dinner was served the evening before the race to the participants and donations were accepted as a local fundraiser for the Community Fund.
Every participant received a T-shirt and other fun items and all finishers received a medal for the day. A special award was given to each person participating in their first full or half marathon, and the final finisher also received an award.
For more information about Mainly Marathons go to www.mainlymarathons.com