Zach White and Katie Moore, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, had never been to Starved Rock Country before participating in last year's race.
"We had heard from friends and co-workers that it was a really pretty area with some great hiking, but we'd never been here before the 2018 marathon. We ended up liking the area so much that we came back two, maybe three, more times that summer," Moore said.
"Yeah, we really like it here. It's only a two and half hour drive for us, so it's not bad. The parks are amazing, Matthiessen's probably my favorite. There are some fun small towns to explore too. We'll probably walk around Ottawa after the race ceremony. I think we're going to go eat at B.A.S.H," White added.
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