We Walk! Course

The course for the We Walk! Marathon, Half Marathon & 50 km will be on the Dakota Rail Trail. The Trail is west of the Twin Cities, between St Bonifacius and west of New Germany, Minnesota.

See also the Course Maps page

Water Stop Locations 

The Details:

Our meeting point is at 4201 Steiner Street, St Bonifacius, MN 55375 – Papa’s Shoe Repair building near to the Freshwater Community Church.

Participants in the 5k, 10k, marathon and 50k should adjust their clothing for the weather prior to proceeding to the start line on the trail adjacent to Papa’s Shoe Repair. Those races are out-and-back races, so you will finish at the place you started.

Participants in the half marathon will take a bus ride to the start line. After exiting the bus, they will have the opportunity to check excess clothing prior to starting.

Participants in the half marathon, marathon and 50k will also be able to check clothing at the first water stop they encounter. (Water Stop 7 for the half marathon, and Water Stop 1 for the marathon and 50k).

The clothing check is very simple. You bring the extra bib numbers. We provide a clear plastic bag. You put the clothing you want to check into the clear plastic bag, add one of your bib numbers, and tie the bag shut. Give the bag to the volunteer. We transport the bags back to Papa’s Shoe Repair, and you pick them up when you finish.

Do not leave clothing on the ground at the start, at a water stop, or along the trail. If you must, you can leave clothing at any water stop, and we will do something with it. It might end up at Papa’s Shoe Repair by the time you finish, and it might not. But it will not be trash along the trail.

The Dakota Rail Regional Trail is a 10 foot (3 meter) wide asphalt trail built on a no longer used railroad right-of-way. The trail surface is in good condition, providing a smooth walking surface.

You may encounter other users, such as bicyclists, walkers, or runners, on the trail during the event. Please be considerate of the other trail users and give way as warranted by the circumstances. As a shared use event on the trail we want to earn a community reputation for polite and friendly participants.

Because it is built on an old railroad right-of-way, there are no steep hills. A course elevation map will be posted.

There is no camber (side to side slope), making the course easier on the ankles.

Aid Stations

Aid stations will be open along the course every several miles. All stations have water, gatorade, &  portable toilets. Even number stops and the finish line will have snacks.

Here are the approximate distances from the finish of each of the Aid station stops. The stops are numbered east to west.  The even numbered stops in bold also have snacks.

Water Stop Miles From Finish
8 13.1
7 11.8
6 9.8
5 7.8
4 6.5
3 5.1
2 3.1
1 1.7
Finish 0

Half Marathon, 5 km

The Half Marathon walkers will take a bus to their starting points. These events will proceed East along the Dakota Rail Trail to the finish line on the trail   at the meeting point.

Marathon, 50 km, 10 km & 5 km

The Marathon, 50 km 10 km & 5 km events use an an ‘out and back’ course. The starting point on the trail at the meeting point (Papa’s Shoe Repair adajenct to the Fresh Water Church). They go west from St Bonificius to their turning point and return east on the same path. The turn around for the marathon is at the half starting point

50km Walkers

Since you start and finish with the marathoners, somewhere we have to make you walk an additional 7805.012 meters. You will make a turn back on the course for the additional distance just before the marathon finish line.

If you decide to not walk the additional distance to make 50km, that is fine. Just tell the people at the finish line that you did not take the 50km loop. We will change your event.