NATURE'S MARATHON - Begin on the North Arm of Burntside Lake and turn onto the historic Echo Trail. Coast toward Shagawa Lake  on this challenging and beautiful course.  A slight detour through charismatic Winton puts you close to a quick loop around Miner's Lake and finish in downtown Ely. Take in Ely and the surrounding wilderness on this superb fall run.


Registration opens September 23, 2020. 


There are no refunds on registration but your bib can be transferred to another runner or you may transfer to another race.  Transfers will incur a $20 fee if made after August 1, 2021.

Costs for this event are accrued very early on in the planning process.  That being said, in the event that it is necessary to cancel the race due to COVID-19 or any other natural disasters - all racers already registered will receive an entry for the following year's race.  Issuing refunds or credit would be devastating to the event, as this race operates on a very thin margin.  The focus of this event is to bring vitality and support to the community of Ely and it is important to be able to see these events continue for many years.  

Pets, bicycles, strollers and wheels are not allowed.  Anyone found cheating will be disqualified.

Walkers are welcome!  You must finish within a 16 minutes/mile.


Packet Pickup is Friday, September 24th 12:00-10:00 PM at Whiteside Park in Ely (721 E. Sheridan St.)

Packets not picked up on Friday will be available at the BUS PICKUP area on Saturday morning.  Do not get on the bus without your bib!


The Ely Marathon will begin at 7:30AM.

The race will begin at Camp DuNord.  Buses will transport racers from the Ely Memorial High School (next to the finish line at Whiteside Park)  There is limited parking at Camp DuNord, so it is asked that all racers please take the bus.

Buses will begin transportation at 5:30 AM.  The last bus for the full marathon will run at 6:45.

Traffic will be cleared from the road by 7:30AM for the start of the marathon.


Pacers will be provided by Beast Pacing.  Pace groups will be available for the following goal times: 3:35, 3:50, 4:05, 4:20, 4:35, 5:00 AND 5:30


Aid stations are located at miles 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25.


If you have any blankets that you would like to donate to charity, please bring them to the start line.  You can use these to keep warm until the start, and as the race begins, there will be large bins to collect them.


All finishers will receive a finishers shirt and medal.

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers, as well as the following age categories:

Male and Female: <19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70<


229 East Sheridan St.

Ely, MN 55731

Tel: 218-206-4702  

Sign up. Stay Healthy.

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