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History

Leroy & Lois Lind
Pictured above are Lois and LeRoy Lind. LeRoy was the originator of the Marathon to Marathon.
"We may not be world class, but we are first class." - quote by LeRoy Lind

In 1994, Lois and LeRoy Lind were given the opportunity to make suggestions for the Buena Vista County Sesquicentennial. LeRoy brought out his dream that he had been working on since 1983. His vision was to hold a sanctioned marathon to the town of Marathon. The suggestion was happily accepted and the committee's started to get the information together. LeRoy researched through many different marathons including the Boston Marathon, the Duluth Marathon, and the Okoboji University Marathon. Within weeks, the registration forms were being returned with entry fees.

In late December of 1995, LeRoy, Al Pierce, and Mike Behrens decided to get the marathon sanctioned. To get the marathon sanctioned, someone had to ride the route on a bike that was fitted with the OrthJones meter.

Lois helped LeRoy organize his ideas until LeRoy passed away in January of 1996. The Marathon was LeRoy's vision, but he passed away before the first Marathon to Marathon was run.

Lois Lind continued to be an instrumental part of the planning and organization of the Marathon to Marathon for the next twenty years.  Runners will recall her being very helpful and patient in answering  questions when they called for information, and she was an icon at the finish line as she handed out medals and welcomed runners to Marathon.  Lois passed away on December 9, 2015.

The legacy of Leroy and Lois Lind will continue through their immediate and extended families, along with the many volunteers who have strived to make the Marathon to Marathon a great success.

 
Honorary Starters
 
 

For more information, contact
Bruce and Laurie Stone
P.O.
Box 262
Marathon, Iowa 50565

Phone: (712) 289-2821
email: Marilyn D. Johnson: mdjmarathon@hotmail.com