5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons

  • 5k races
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    About 5k races

    A 5K is the shortest of the common running event distances, consisting of 3.1 miles (5 kilometers).  These events can either be competitive or social, depending on the particular event you are looking into running.  5Ks are the most popular of road running events because of their relatively short distance which allows not only the seasoned runners to run, but novice runners, joggers and newcomers as well.  5Ks are also something fun for families to do together.

    How did we choose the best 5K events in Wisconsin?

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event.  Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered.  Other factors included how long the course has been around, the race swag and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.  There are currently 972 5K races in the state of Wisconsin.  Most of these 5K races are held in May through October, with over 100 5K race events held in each month.

    What are the best 5K races in Milwaukee?

    There are many 5K races to choose from in Milwaukee.  As the largest city in the state of Wisconsin, it is a popular location for a 5K event.  Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some are fun runs for families and others are racing events, but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 5K running events in Milwaukee include the Milwaukee St. Paddy's 5K and the Shakespeare 5K.

    What are the best 5K races in Madison?

    Madison is the capital of Wisconsin and the second largest city in the state of Wisconsin, which makes it a popular location for a 5K event.  Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some are fun runs for families and others are racing events, but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 5K running events in Madison include the Movin' Shoes Frosty 5K Run and the Valentine's 5K.  The Movin' Shoes Frosty 5K Run takes place during Madison's Annual Winter Festival.

     

     

     

     

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  • 10k races
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    About 10k races

    A 10K is one of the most common running event distances, consisting of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). These events can either be competitive or more for fun, depending on the particular one you are looking into. They are twice the distance of the 5K and still  relatively short in distance. Less runners tend to participate than the 5K, but these events still get a lot of not only seasoned runners, but novice runners and joggers in attendance.

    How did we choose the best 10K events in Wisconsin? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event.  Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.  According to Running in the USA, there are 193 10K races in Wisconsin.  Most of these races take place in June and September.  There are at least 3 10K races held each month throughout the year.  January, February and December are the least popular months for 10K races in Wisconsin with 7, 4 and 3 race events held.

    What are the best 10K races in Wisconsin?

    There are many 10K races to choose from in the state of Wisconsin.  Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some are fun runs and others are racing events, but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the most notable 10K running events in Wisconsin include the Brewers 10K in Milwaukee, the Spooner Stampede 10K in Spooner and the Houdini 10K in Appleton.  The Brewers 10K and Houdini 10K include a Finisher's Medal.

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  • Half marathons
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    About Half marathons

    A Half Marathon event consists of running 13 miles (21 kilometers) and as the label suggests, is half of a standard Marathon of 26 miles.  The popularity, participants of the half marathon distance, and its events have significantly grown since the early 2000's and they continue to do so, with massive events popping up all over the states.  The growth rate of participants for the half marathon distance is currently higher than that of the full.  According to Running In the USA, there are 102 half marathons in the state of Wisconsin.  September is the most popular month for half marathons, with 22 scheduled races.  May and August are also popular months for half marathons in Wisconsin.  May is home to 19 scheduled races and August 14.

    How did we choose the best Half Marathon events in Wisconsin?

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event.  Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered.  Other factors include how long the event has been around, the runner perks and Finisher's Medals, what runners thought of the event and how scenic the 13.1-mile course is.

    What are the best Half Marathon events in Milwaukee?

    Known as the Brew City, Beertown and The City of Festivals, Milwaukee is a popular location for Half Marathon events.  Some of the most notable Half Marathon events in Milwaukee are the Brew City Half Marathon, the Milwaukee Half Marathon and the South Shore Half Marathon.  These Half Marathon events feature 13.1 mile courses that highlight famous landmarks, give runners a tour of Downtown Milwaukee and its neighborhoods, and allow runners to take in spectacular views of Lake Michigan.

    What are the best Half Marathon events in Madison?

    Madison is known as The City of Four Lakes, in addition to being the capital city of Wisconsin.  As the second-largest city in Wisconsin, Madison is a popular location for Half Marathon events.  Some of the most notable Half Marathon events in Madison include the Madison Half Marathon, the Madison Mini-Marathon and the Rockin' Chocolate Half Marathon.  These Half Marathon events include Finisher's Medals for all participants and a scenic 13.1 mile course.

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  • Marathons
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    About Marathons

    Marathon events consist of 26 miles (42 kilometers) and the courses are typically laid out through roads. Starting in the Olympics in the early 1900's, marathons have quickly picked up in popularity and in 2017 there are currently more than 800 events being held in North America, and that number is consistently growing.  Over 90% of these marathons are being held in the United States, with 7%  being held in Canada.  About 72% of these marathons are certified, which means they are Boston Marathon Qualifiers.  September and October are the most popular months for marathon events, with over 100 in each month.

    How did we choose the best Marathon events in Wisconsin?

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event.  Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered.  Other factors include how long the event has been around, the runner perks and Finisher's Medals, what runners thought of the event and how scenic the 26.2-mile course is.  Eight of the ten marathons described above are qualifying races for the Boston Marathon.

     

    What are the best Marathon events in Wisconsin?

    Wisconsin is home to 35 marathons with most of these marathons being held in September.  May and October are also popular months for marathon events in Wisconsin.  There is a variety of terrain among these marathon events.  Some of the more notable marathon events in Wisconsin include the Lake Michigan Marathon, Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon, and  the Wausau Marathon.  All three of these marathon events offer a USATF certified, scenic 26.2 mile course.

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