From the race website - The Whistlestop Marathon course offers a flat and fast running trail surface that is firm but is much more forgiving to the knees then asphalt.
The course stretches from two miles east of Iron River, Wisconsin and features ten re-decked railroad trestles, wetlands, trout streams, Chequamegon National Forest woodlands, dairy farms, residential neighborhoods and traffic-free quiet. Being a fall marathon, the course will feature some of the nation's finest autumn colors.
The Whistlestop Marathon was the 201st largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 225th largest in 2016.
Last year 18.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 10.9% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.
This gives the Whistlestop Marathon the 69th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 172nd highest percentage in 2016.
Its Course Score of 100.50 ranks it as the 26th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Wisconsin.
The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Whistlestop Marathon a PR Score of 100.50. This PR Score ranks it as the 24th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Wisconsin.
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