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Beat the Winter Blues this February!
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Beat the Winter Blues this February!

Do Midwest winters get you in a slump? If you’re like me and need a little extra motivation staying active outside when the temperature drops, “Beat the Blues Winter Marathon” might be the inspiration you’ve been looking for!

Beat the Blues Winter Marathon” (Winter Marathon) is a free, family-oriented challenge to get people of all ages outside and active during the cold winter months. The Winter Marathon challenges all NE Iowa residents to complete a full marathon (or more!)—26 miles—from January through March 3rd. Participants are encouraged to walk, run, ski, snowshoe, or bike 26 miles outdoors at their own pace. Or, they can play outside for 30 minutes to equal one mile.   

We all know it’s great for your mind and body to exercise and get fresh air. Participating in the Winter Marathon has given my family yet another reason to make playing outside a priority….and we have made A LOT of fun memories doing so!  As an added bonus, local organizations came together to offer awesome raffle prizes for those who submit their Winter Marathons miles by March 3rd!

Raffle prize options include admission punch passes to the following: Calmar Public Swimming Pool, Chickasaw Wellness Complex, Cresco Fitness Center, Decorah Public Swimming Pool, Elkader Public Swimming Pool, Northeast Iowa YMCA (Postville), Waukon Wellness Center, West Union Swimming Pool, and Williams Wellness Center (Oelwein).

Grand Prizes:  $80 rental gift card (Decorah Bicycles), Free Camping AND Canoe Rental (Hutchinson Family Farm Campground).

We LOVE Winter Marathon Special: Submit your miles online by noon on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14th) for your chance to win a BONUS $80 rental gift card (Decorah Bicycles) that you can use to rent skis, ice skates, snowshoes, or bikes!

So what are you waiting for?  Challenge yourself and others to complete 26 miles worth of outdoor activity this February! 

Photo Credit: Loren Kerns 

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