First-ever Ely Marathon will be run Sept. 26

Ely MarathonIf you’d like to run a marathon in a place where there are more moose, bears and wolves than usual, you’ve got a chance Sept. 26 with the first-ever Ely Marathon.

Starting on the north arm of Burntside Lake, the marathon route follows the historic Echo Trail down into Winton and eventually ending in downtown Ely. The path is uniquely rustic as marathons go.

A half marathon and 5K will also be part of the Sept. 26 event in this city perhaps best known as the seat of the Vermilion Iron Range and gateway to the Boundary Waters.

The run is timed to coincide with peak fall colors, so even if you get the shakes, throw up and pass out, you’ll enjoy a splendid autumnal display.

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