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No Lake Geneva Marathon in 2013



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April 30, 2013 | 03:35 PM
The Lake Geneva Marathon is cancelled.

Let's make that clear.

Despite some marathon websites still listing the Lake Geneva Marathon for May 11, there will be no organized race this year.

Frank Dobbs, who called the Lake Geneva Regional News from his home in Sarasota, Fla., operated the marathon for 27 years. However, he said hip replacement surgery convinced him it was time to quit.

Dobbs owned Lake Geneva Sports LLC, which organized and ran the marathon.

He said he is looking for a buyer who might be interested in restarting the race next year.

"My marathon days are over," he said.

Dobbs, a former runner, said marathoners are creatures of habit, and he's concerned that some will turn up on May 11 looking for a race that won't be there.

"It was a great race. We had a good time," Dobbs said of past marathons. "It was sort of a rite of spring."

The bombing of the Boston Marathon this year was tragic, and it will probably change forever the way outdoor events are run, Dobbs said. But he said his decision not to have the marathon this year predated the bombing.

The 2012 Lake Geneva Marathon route circled Geneva Lake. And last year, the marathon drew about 1,000 participants.

One of the more unusual aspects of the Lake Geneva marathon is that it would register runners right up until starting time, Dobbs said.

For years, Dobbs' company, Lake Geneva Sports LLC, operated both the marathon in Lake Geneva, and the Lake Geneva Triathlon, which for years called Fontana home.

The marathon would run in spring and the triathlon would run in late summer or early fall.

Two years ago, Fontana and the triathlon parted company, with Dobbs finding a new home for the event just up Highway 67 in Williams Bay.

Dobbs' first triathlon in Williams Bay in 2011 was also his last. TriRock Sports, a San Diego company, bought the event from Dobbs and ran it last year.

That Lake Geneva Triathlon (in Williams Bay) is on TriRock's events list for this year, too. And Dobbs said he will be at the triathlon to assist TriRock with the event.

Dobbs said he's hopeful that someone will do that for the Lake Geneva Marathon, as well.

"Maybe someone will pick it up for next year," he said.

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