New route for the Paavo Nurmi Marathon
Written by Jesse Baroka on May 30, 2019
HURLEY – Local runners got their first look at the new route for the Paavo Nurmi Marathon Wednesday at an informational meeting at the Iron County courthouse. Organizers said the 51st running of the annual Iron County race was a logical time to implement the course change, which will have the marathoners run from Hurley to Whitecap Mountain Resort in Upson and back to complete the necessary 26.2 miles. The primary motivation for the change in course was safety — both for runners and volunteers manning the various aid stations along the route. The new course Avoids U.S. 51 entirely and minimizes the time spent on Wisconsin 77, the new route will begin at 4th Avenue and Silver Street in downtown Hurley and go through the Hurley Industrial Park to Wisconsin 77. From there, the route will go through Gile and past Gile Park to Montreal before continuing through Pence and Iron Belt. Runners will then take County E to Whitecap in Upson. Returning toward Hurley from Whitecap, runners will take a combination of side roads and Wisconsin 77 back to the finish line on Silver Street. All runners will be facing traffic as they run, according to organizers, as an additional safety measure. The course does feature a small amount of gravel roads, but organizers said the feedback from runners so far is that it shouldn’t present a problem. Organizers plan to release a map of the course in the near future so people can get a better idea of the planned route.