Public invited to “Beat the Blues” in Winter Marathon Challenge


Are you looking for a way to help keep the Winter Blues as bay? Are you ready to tackle a fitness New Year’s Resolution? Do you need a little extra motivation to help keep you and your family active despite the cold weather?


Join the Beat the Blues Winter Marathon Challenge! This January is your chance to see if you can run, walk, bike, ski, snowshoe or play outside to equal a total of 26 miles between January 1 and 31! Complete your miles with your families, kids, and friends at your own pace, whenever it works for your schedule.


All participants who complete one or more marathons over the month will be entered into raffles for some great active living prizes!


While the official marathon runs January 1-31, anyone who is looking for activities for kids and families during winter break is welcome to start their marathon early.


Mileage logs can be downloaded at or picked up beginning December 14 at the Decorah Parks and Recreation office (400 Claiborne Dr., Decorah, Lake Meyer Campground (2546 Lake Meyer Road, Fort Atkinson), and the Winneshiek County ISU Extension office (325 Washington St., Decorah). The Beat the Blues Winter Marathon Challenge in free and open to all residents of and visitors to Northeast Iowa.


A Final Mile Party will be held on Sunday, January 31st near Whalen Cabin in Decorah’s Phelps Park from 2:00-4:00 pm to celebrate your accomplishments with outdoor games, snow activities, crafts, and raffle prizes. This free party is open to everyone, even those who haven’t completed or attempted the Winter Marathon Challenge.


For more information, visit or call (563) 534-7145.


The Beat the Blues Winter Marathon Challenge is a project of Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission/Safe Routes to School, Winneshiek County Conservation, and Decorah Parks and Recreation with assistance from the Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and other sponsors.


One thought on “Public invited to “Beat the Blues” in Winter Marathon Challenge

  1. Would there be anyone I could have attend a rally on January 16th from 1-6 in Guttenberg Ia at the Municipal building,
    I would love to share some of your projects with a portion of the public that might not hear much about the great work you are doing. There is room for you have a table to share some of the info you share on the web. I am of particular interest the youth leadership project. Would they like to spend a little time talking about their experiences? I will also be screening the film “Cafeteria Man” , which deals with the state of school lunches in many districts.
    Thanks, Gina Dahlstrom-Osburn
    call me at 563 213 9021

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