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"Celebrating Your Big Finish at The Top!"

The Walker North Country Marathon (WNCM) may be the smallest marathon in Minnesota, but it’s big on scenery, beauty, and challenge. It's been called one of the toughest races in Minnesota! We have partnered with the Chippewa National Forest to bring you a race for those who love nature and would never be called “faint at heart.” The course starts in the quaint, lakeside town of Walker, Minnesota, hugging the borders of Leech Lake (the 3rd largest lake in Minnesota). After winding through the blocks of our small town, you will venture out into the forest to enjoy vibrant fall colors, the sweet smell of wildflowers and leaves changing, and the clean air of nature unsploiled.

The Walker North Country Races includes the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K Run/Walk and the Kids Fun Run. We are a Boston Marathon qualifying race! Walkers, Runners, Kids, Strollers and iPods are welcome on the course. This small town comes together to make the event a success. Each year we have around 900 runners, and 300 local volunteers to make sure their journey through the woods is safe and fun. Come and celebrate the life and land that is northern Minnesota!

2014 WNCM Scavenger Hunt Clues!
The 2014 medallion was found by Krista Schneider & Christy Tibbetts! Congratultions!
Clue #1 9-10-14 Two paths cross
Clue #2 9-11-14 The paths will twist and turn
Clue #3 9-12-14 I am dusty
Clue #4 9-13-14 In a valley
Clue #5 9-14-14 Near the water
Clue #6 9-15-14 Where the cattails grow
Clue #7 9-16-14 By the river
Clue #8 9-17-14 Not too high
Clue #9 9-18-14 Below the stripes
Clue #10 9-19-14 Don’t cross the bridge when you come to it


2012 MinnesotaMarathon Finisher’s Medals

A marathon finisher’s medal is perhaps one of the most cherished and meaningful race mementos. It represents more than just completing the 26.2 miles and crossing the finish line. The marathon finisher’s medal symbolizes the countless hours and miles of training, the commitment, the sacrifice and the dedication required to make it to the starting line adequately prepared for this test of cardiorespiratory endurance and mental toughness.

2012 marked the thirtieth running of the Walker North Country Marathon, which provided the inspiration for the finisher’s medal. As stated by designer Melanie Rice, “We wanted to do something really different with our logo and our slogan. Not wanting a shape that was the traditional circle, the shape of the state of Minnesota seemed appropriate.” CLICK TO READ FULL ARTICLE


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