James was the son of Abel Wilder and father of Almanzo Wilder. He lived at the Wilder farm in Burke, New York from 1840 until 1875 when the family moved to Spring Valley, Minnesota. Naturally, anyone who leads his family half-way across the country in 1875 deserves in the least, to have a foot race named after them.
The James Wilder covers 50km of gravel terrain, offering more of a challenge than your blacktop laden marathon. Rounding out to about 30.5 miles, the James boasts all of the benefits his father had to offer with a little more leniency.
The James Wilder foot race will start at 8AM on Saturday May 16th in downtown Spring Valley.