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50-Mile 'Ultra-Marathon' Saturday Goes From Willard to Bolivar...and Back

Frisco Railroad Run goes along a scenic, gravel, mostly flat course, race organizer says.
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Runners will lace up this weekend and attempt to complete one of several races, including a 50-mile ultra-marathon. About 40 people are signed up for that race, an organizer said. (Photo credit: Jackie_Oh via flickr)

For most of us, the thought of running a marathon seems grueling enough. But there are runners who compete in so-called ultra-marathons: at 50 miles, that’s nearly twice the length of a traditional marathon course. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, the Frisco Railroad Run is not for the faint of heart, and it’s taking place in our area this weekend.

Like the name implies, the race is along a historical route—it’s where railroad workers put in years of back-breaking work to lay seemingly endless miles of rails, ties, and gravel. Those participating in Saturday’s Frisco Railroad Run might try to channel some of that perseverance.  There are several categories:  a 50-mile race, as well as a 50K, a marathon, half-marathon, 8K, and 50 K Relay.  The longest race goes from Willard to Bolivar, Missouri…and back. The Willard Elementary School is at 205 N. Miller Road in Willard.

Race organizer Chris Revoir told KSMU the route is fine, hard-packed gravel on the historic Frisco Highline Trail, and that it’s scenic this time of year, and mostly flat.

The run benefits Ozark Greenways, as well as Girls on the Run and Boy Scouts of America. For more information, you can click here for the race website.

For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Davidson.