When the Buena Vista County Sesquicentennial committee came to Marathon residents Lois and LeRoy Lind in 1994 for suggestions, LeRoy shared his vision to hold a sanctioned marathon to the town of Marathon. Along with other committee members, LeRoy researched several marathons and worked to get the 26.2 mile route from Storm Lake to Marathon officially sanctioned. LeRoy passed away in January 1996, but his efforts proved successful as the first Marathon to Marathon event was held that summer.
The tradition continues, with the 16th annual Marathon to Marathon slated for June 16, 2011. For more information on the festivities, which include food, entertainment, and a 5K walk/run, check out the official event website.