We are always excited to welcome you to register for the annual Memorial Medical Center WhistleStop Marathon/Half-Marathon/5K/10K race, and this year is even more special as we transition into adding what was the “Cruisin the Corridor 5k/10k” into the Marathon name of WhistleStop. Moving forward all races will be under the direction of the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce and we hope this will alleviate any confusion about the two events.
With that being said, Welcome to the 25th anniversary of the running of the WhistleStop!! I would first like to say, Congratulations to our Locomotive Club Members (16) who have run one of the races since its inception. This is truly an amazing feat and we can’t wait to honor you this year in the festival tent. Secondly, we are thrilled to share with you that we are bringing back the “festival” atmosphere that you have come to know and love with the WhistleStop Festival. This year there will be a Pasta Feed, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, and runners will receive a discount coupon in their packets, as well as the “Post-Race” party and Blues and Brews event following the races on Saturday. We have made some changes to these events and hope you will find them to your liking. In addition, we have shaved some time off of the award ceremony by announcing the 3 winners of age class awards altogether for each class and race, so we keep things moving right along. Lastly, we have a beautiful 1/4 zip shirt in a classic color, along with a traditional medal for all of our finishers!!
During the summer, the Tri-County Corridor Commissioner has informed us that during the summer, there will be some reconstruction of the main “Fish Creek” bridge along with other repairs to bridges along the course.
Remember Packet Pick-Up for the Full, Half-Marathon, 5K & 10K will be held in the headed festival tent, located in the parking lot of the Bay Area Civic Center.
Reminder: Save Money Register Early!! Also , please share the registration link with your friends and family and encourage them to register NOW for the 2023 Memorial Medical Center WhistleStop Marathon & Half-Marathon and 5K/10K!! We don’t want them to wait and miss out on running with you! Registration closes October 6, 2023.
We are also offering a virtual option for all races again this year.
Note: We do not allow walking the full marathon. You are welcome to walk the half marathon/5K/10K. All, Medical Personnel and Aid Stations are pulled from the course at 6 hours or 2:30pm, so there is no support on the course. You must be able to run a consistent 13-minute mile for the Full Marathon. Thanks so much for your understanding and cooperation!!
See you in October!