OSAGE | Get ready to run this summer! Mitchell County will be the scene of a racing event stretching from Osage’s Main Street to St. Ansgar’s Main Street.
On Saturday, Aug. 25, the Cedar River Complex is hosting Main to Main, a race event which consists of a marathon, half marathon and 10k event. The marathon will begin at 7 a.m., with the half-marathon and 10k starting a few minutes after to stagger the start.
“We will be starting, in Osage, at the Spahn and Rose parking lot,” said CRC Wellness Manger, Gayle Nelson, “and our route will go through Mitchell and continue to St. Ansgar.”
Nelson said the course will be closed to keep the participants safe, with barricades placed on roads along the route. Detour signs will be posted, directing drivers on how to avoid the route. The course will be closed for approximately six hours.
“Running and walking are popular in our community,” Nelson said. “It’s something people don’t have to be members of the CRC to do. We wanted to create an event the entire community can be part of. Organizations who wish to support the event will have water stations along the route, along with bathrooms and cheer stations.”
Registration for the event opened a week ago, with information and pricing available on the CRC website. So far, five local runners have signed up for the half-marathon. Registration fees for the event will go toward supplies, personnel, advertisement of the event, permits for the event, police and medical support, runners services, as well as the timing equipment.
“People who have never considered running a half-marathon or a marathon of any sort have begun training, due to the convenience of having one taking place so close to them,” Nelson said. “Many of the closer marathons around us are in Minneapolis and Des Moines.”
At the water and cheer stations, individuals can cheer on friends and family members, encourage them to keep the pep in their step and keep moving forward on the course. The CRC, in conjunction with Osage Schools and Run for Education, will be purchasing a shoe chip timing system for the event, so it will also be available for future races. All runners will be provided with a chip, which will keep track of their times.
Volunteers will be on hand to help direct the runners. Restrooms will be located every 6.1 miles. In addition, individuals will be located at the turn around points, and med stations will be located at the start and finish line. Official times will be posted on the website after the event.
The CRC is also looking for volunteers to help with the event. Those looking to get involved can call the Cedar River Complex at 641-832-3600.