Minocqua No Frills Marathon

Minocqua No Frills Marathon

 
5.0 (2 reviews)

Minocqua, WI
September 09, 2017

The Minocqua No Frills Marathon is a point-to-point race beginning at Nokomis Community Park and finishing in Minocqua, WI. The first 6 miles are on paved town roads while the remaining 20 miles follow the entire length of the Bearskin Trail (crushed granite) and runners can expect excellent wildlife and forest scenery.

Race Reviews: 2
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This race cost $35 and it's called "no frills." Check your expectations at the door.

That said, there were plenty of frills. For $35, you get a shirt (not a great shirt), a water bottle (at the finish, filled with water, instead of disposable bottles), and a medal that you can have engraved at the jewelry store in town (also included in your entry fee).

I don't remember how many aid stations the course offered, but it wasn't at the standard every two miles. The race runs on a trail for the most part, so space is limited. That said, there aren't a lot of spectators, so if you need a lot of crowd support, find a racing partner and stick together. The trail is quite beautiful, so you might not miss the crowds.

For me, this was my best marathon so far. My goal was to BQ, so everything else was details. It's a good course if that is your goal - soft surface, some uphill, some downhill, but nothing ridiculous.
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Reviewed by Tiffany Britton on 12/2/2014
Racing Experience: 5 - 10 Marathons
Location: Chamblee, GA

Review: This race cost $35 and it's called "no frills." Check your expectations at the door.

That said, there were plenty of frills. For $35, you get a shirt (not a great shirt), a water bottle (at the finish, filled with water, instead of disposable bottles), and a medal that you can have engraved at the jewelry store in town (also included in your entry fee).

I don't remember how many aid stations the course offered, but it wasn't at the standard every two miles. The race runs on a trail for the most part, so space is limited. That said, there aren't a lot of spectators, so if you need a lot of crowd support, find a racing partner and stick together. The trail is quite beautiful, so you might not miss the crowds.

For me, this was my best marathon so far. My goal was to BQ, so everything else was details. It's a good course if that is your goal - soft surface, some uphill, some downhill, but nothing ridiculous.

This is a beautiful course. The surface is crushed gravel but firm enough to have a fast race. The first 8 miles is a mix of pavement and dirt/gravel roads and the last 18 are on the Bearskin Trail. The trail itself crosses several small wooden bridges that offer views of the many small lakes in the North Woods. I hardly noticed any of the elevation gain that’s shown on the elevation map except for one short, steep up and down around mile 15. Overall, a peaceful run through the woods shared with just a few other runners.

Pros:
1. The course – Scenic and soft surface
2. Value – Only cost $35 and we got plenty of frills for that price!
3. Location – Makes for a great run vacation
4. People – Everyone was so darn nice

Cons:
1. Not a lot of options for a healthy pre-race dinner
Overall Rating:
 
5.0
Course:
 
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Reviewed by Neil R. on 12/1/2014
Racing Experience: 1 - 5 Marathons
Location: Atlanta, GA

Review: This is a beautiful course. The surface is crushed gravel but firm enough to have a fast race. The first 8 miles is a mix of pavement and dirt/gravel roads and the last 18 are on the Bearskin Trail. The trail itself crosses several small wooden bridges that offer views of the many small lakes in the North Woods. I hardly noticed any of the elevation gain that’s shown on the elevation map except for one short, steep up and down around mile 15. Overall, a peaceful run through the woods shared with just a few other runners.

Pros:
1. The course – Scenic and soft surface
2. Value – Only cost $35 and we got plenty of frills for that price!
3. Location – Makes for a great run vacation
4. People – Everyone was so darn nice

Cons:
1. Not a lot of options for a healthy pre-race dinner

Elevation Profile


Course Vitals

Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 400 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.75
Surface: Mostly Trail/Not-Paved
Certified: Yes

Gender Distribution


Total Number of Participants: 100

Finishing Times

Age Distribution

Boston & NYC Qualifiers

Total Qualifiers:

Boston 8

New York 2

 

Percentage of Total Finishers:

Boston 9.6%

New York 2.4%


Note: Data based off of 2016 race results