5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons

  • 5k races
    Name City Date Website
    Cabin Fever 5K at Hot Chocolate Fest
    The Cabin Fever 5K starts at 9:00 AM at Wehmhoff Jucker park.  All finishers will receive a hooded fleece and a Finisher's Medal.  Participants will also receive an optional Pancake Breakfast.  This Wisconsin 5K wraps up the annual Hot Chocolate Fest weekend event.  The top 3 male and female finishers will be recognized.  The top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category will also be recognized.
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    Burlington 21 January 2018 Hotchocolatefest
    Movin' Shoes Frosty 5K Run
    The Movin' Shoes Frosty 5K Run is part of the Madison Winter Festival.  This Wisconsin 5K run takes place at Elver Park.  This 3.1 mile run is family-friendly and walker-friendly.  All participants will receive a Running Buff, hot chocolate and cookies.  There will be awards for the top 3 male and female overall finishers and the top male and female finisher in each age group category.  The Movin' Shoes Frosty 5K Run supports winter recreation in the Madison community.
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    Madison 3 February 2018 Winter-fest
    Valentine's 5K
    The Valentine's 5K starts at 11:00 AM at the UW-Natatorium.  This Wisconsin 5K takes runners along the Howard Temin Lakeshore Path.  Awards will be given to the top male and female overall finishers.  Awards will also be given to the top male, female and coed teams.  This 5K is stroller-friendly.  All proceeds from the Valentine's 5K will support The River Food Pantry.  This Wisconsin 5K is hosted by the Running Club at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
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    Madison 10 February 2018 Runningclubuw
    Pi Day 5K
    The Pi Day 5K is a run/walk event that is hosted by the Leonardo da Vinci School, which is Green Bay's school for Gifted Learners.  This annual event is actually organized by the school's 5th grade students.  This Wisconsin 5K is family-friendly and sponsored by Habitat for Humanity.  The Pi Day 5K starts at 8:00 AM.
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    Green Bay 10 March 2018 Raceroster
    Milwaukee St. Paddy's 5K
    The Milwaukee St. Paddy's 5K is a run/walk event that starts at 8:30 AM, taking place at South Shore Park.  This annual 5K event also includes a Kids' Dash.  The top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category and overall will be awarded a Winner Medal.  This Wisconsin 5K is limited to the first 1,500 participants.
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    Milwaukee 11 March 2018 Wisconsinruns
    Shakespeare 5K
    The Shakespeare 5K is a run/walk event that takes place at Juneau Park, in Downtown Milwaukee.  This Wisconsin 5K event is hosted by the Silver Circle Sports Events and Marquette University's Association of English Graduate Students.  Trophies will be given to the male and female overall finishers.  There will also be awards for the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.  Participants are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite Shakespeare Character.  There will be an award for the Best-Dressed Shakespeare or Shakespeare Character.  Registration includes a t-shirt.
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    Milwaukee 21 April 2018 Silvercirclesportsevents
    Three Rivers 5K Run/Walk
    The Three Rivers 5K starts and finishes at Riverside Park.  This Wisconsin 5K begins at 8:30 AM and is part of the Grandad Half Marathon Race Event.
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    La Crosse 5 May 2018 Grandadhalfmarathon
    Journey's Marathon 5K
    The Journey's Marathon 5K starts and finishes at Riverview Park.  This 3.1 mile race takes runners over the Eagle River on the recreation bridge.  All finishers will receive a moisture wicking t-shirt and a Finisher's Medal.
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    Eagle River 12 May 2018 Eagleriver
    Get It Dunn Run
    The Get It Dunn 5K Run starts at 8:30 AM and takes runners on the newly paved Stokke Trail, along the river.  The top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category will be awarded a certificate.  Registration includes a moisture wicking t-shirt and post-race refreshments.
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    Menomonie 12 May 2018 Getitdunnrun
    Donald Dash Trail Run
    The Donald Dash Trail Run takes place at Donald Park at 9:00 AM.  Awards will be given to the overall male and female finishers.  Prizes will be given to the top male and female finisher in each age group category.  Post-race refreshments will be provided to all participants.
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    Mt. Horeb 12 May 2018 Donaldparktrailruns

    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
    Name City Date Website
    Run Before You Crawl Celtic 10K
    The Run Before You Crawl Celtic 10K starts and finishes at the Green County Family YMCA.  The 10K is an added distance to this annual race event.  Awards will be given to the overall male and female finishers as well as the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.  There will be a Free Childwatch available during the race so parents can run.  This Free Childwatch will be provided by YMCA staff and volunteers.
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    Monroe 10 March 2018 Ymcaceltic5K
    Shamrock Shuffle 10K
    The Shamrock Shuffle 10K takes place at 10:00 am at the intersection of Frances and State Streets.  This annual event donates thousands of dollars to the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County.  Awards will be given to the top male and female finisher in each age group category.  This Wisconsin race is capped at 5,000 runners.  This 6.2 mile race takes runners through scenic Downtown Madison, along the banks of University Bay on Lakeshore Path.
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    Madison 17 March 2018 Shamrock-shuffle
    Cottontail Classic 10K
    The Cottontail Classic features a 5K and 10K distance option.  This Wisconsin race event is family-friendly and includes a free Kids Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast after the race.  The Cottontail Classic 10K starts and finishes in McGaw Park.
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    Fitchburg 31 March 2018 Cottontailclassicrun
    Deer Run
    The Deer Run starts and finishes at Brown Deer Village Park.  This Wisconsin 10K includes a 5K and 10K distance.  This 6.2 mile race takes runners through the residential neighborhoods of Brown Deer.  The Deer Run is sponsored by the Badgerland Striders.
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    Brown Deer 28 April 2018 Badgerlandstriders
    Brewers 10K
    The Brewers 10K is an annual event that takes runners past and through many Milwaukee landmarks.  This Wisconsin 10K starts and finishes at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers.  All registrants will receive a free Brewers ticket voucher, a tech shirt, and a Finisher's medal.  Awards will be given.
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    Milwaukee 22 September 2018 Race-brewers
    Houdini 10K
    The Houdini 10K is an annual running event that starts at Houdini Plaza in Downtown Appleton.  Registration includes a race shirt, a Finisher's Medal, a Finish Line Buffet, Beer, and plenty of course entertainment.  This Wisconsin 10K is family-friendly and strollers are welcome.
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    Appleton 3 November 2018 Runawayshoes
    Berbee Derby 10K
    The Berbee Derby 10K is an annual Thanksgiving Day Race in Madison.  This 10K run is family-friendly, costume-friendly and walker-friendly.  Strollers are welcome.  The first 500 registrants only pay $15 and the second 500 registrants pay only $20.  The Berbee Derby 10K run takes place at Fitchburg Business Park.  Registration includes a long-sleeved t-shirt.  The top finishers will receive awards.
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    Madison 22 November 2018 Berbeederby
    Bellin 10K Run
    The Bellin 10K Run is held to promote heart health and inspire individuals to participate in healthy habits.  Finisher's Medals are only awarded every 5 years at the Bellin 10K Run.  In addition to the various age group divisions, there is also a Wheelchair Division, Walking Division, and Stroller Division.  Participants with a stroller must walk as running with a stroller is not permitted.  Those participants who run the 10K and participate in the Wheelchair Division are eligible to receive awards.  The top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category and in the Wheelchair Division will receive an award.
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    Green Bay 9 June 2018 Bellinrun
    Spooner Stampede 10K
    The Spooner Stampede is a long running annual event that offers participants a 1K for the kids, a 5K Fun Run/Walk and a 10K Run.  This 10K run starts and finishes in the city lot located across the street from the old Civic Center.  Registration includes a race t-shirt.  Awards will be given after the run.  The Spooner Stampede 10K run is part of the Block Party and Rodeo Parade.  There will be live music and kids activities.
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    Spooner 7 July 2018 Spoonerrodeoparade
    Hodag 10K Run
    The Hodag 10K takes place at Hodag Park.  This 6.2 mile run starts at the beach house located inside the park at 8:45 am.  Registration includes a race t-shirt.  Medals will be awarded to the top finishers in each age bracket.
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    Rhinelander 23 June 2018 Ymcaofthenorthwoods

    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
    Name City Date Website
    Brew City Half Marathon
    The Brew City Half Marathon starts at 8:30 am.  All participants receive a Half Zip Pullover, a Finisher's Medal, and a Finish Line Feast that includes Brats, Beer and a Live Band.  The Finisher's Medal for the Brew City Half Marathon is Milwaukee's largest Finisher's Medal by height.  Proceeds from this Wisconsin Half Marathon benefit the Hunger Task Force.  The top 3 male and female winners will be awarded a Winner's Medal.  A Winner's Medal will also be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.  The Brew City Half Marathon welcomes walkers as long as they are able to finish the 13.1 mile distance within the time limit of 3.5 hours.
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    Milwaukee 14 April 2018 Wisconsinruns
    South Shore Half Marathon
    The South Shore Half Marathon is presented by the Badgerland Striders.  This Wisconsin Half Marathon features a USATF certified out and back course.  The 13.1 mile course is run mostly on a paved asphalt path.  The first 3 male and female finishers in each age group division will be awarded a medal.  This is an affordable Half Marathon and ideal spring race for those running Boston.
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    Milwaukee 7 April 2018 Badgerlandstriders
    Wisconsin Half Marathon
    The Wisconsin Half Marathon starts at 7:00 am next to the Kenosha Civil War Museum.  This 13.1 mile race provides runners with an out and back course along the coastline of Lake Michigan, through Downtown Kenosha and past the local parks and beaches.  The Wisconsin Half Marathon course is flat and USATF certified.  Runners will experience a few rolling hills between miles seven and 12.  All Half Marathon participants will receive a tech shirt, the Big Cheese Finisher's Medal, and access to the post-race brat and beer party.
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    Kenosha 5 May 2018 Wisconsinmarathon
    Madison Mini-Marathon
    The Madison Mini-Marathon is recognized as the 14th Best Half in 2013 by Runner's World Magazine.  This Wisconsin Half Marathon provides runners with a scenic course through Madison.  Participants will receive free race photos, a commemorative race t-shirt and special 10th Year Finisher's Medal and access to a Post-Race Party.  Participants who register for and finish both the Christie Clinic Illinois Half Marathon in April and the Madison Mini-Marathon are eligible for the Illini-Badger Half Marathon Challenge.  Challengers will receive three Finisher's Medals.
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    Madison 18 August 2018 Madisonminimarathon
    Cheesehead Half Marathon
    The Cheesehead Half Marathon course takes runners through the countryside of Calumet County along the Fox River Trail.  This 13.1 mile course is USATF certified and is an out and back course.  The first place male and female overall finishers will receive an award.  A cheezy award will also be given to the top three male and female finishers in each age group division.  Cash awards will be given to the top three male and female overall finishers and the first place Masters male and female finisher.  The Cheesehead Half Marathon starts and finishes on Main Street in Hilbert.  All participants will receive a collectible t-shirt, a Finisher's Medal, and a Finish Line Feast that includes Wisconsin Craft Beers.
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    Hilbert 19 August 2018 Cheeseheadrun
    Rockin' Chocolate Half Marathon
    The Rockin' Chocolate Half Marathon starts at 8:30 am and offers a Half Marathon Run, Half Marathon Walk and Half Marathon Team Relay.  The Half Marathon Team Relay gives runners the opportunity to cover the 13.1 mile distance with 2-3 teammates.  This USATF certified Half Marathon course takes runners and walkers along the shores of Lake Monona as they follow paved paths and tree-lined streets.  This 13.1 mile course takes runners under the Frank LLoyd Wright Monona Terrace.  All Half Marathon participants will receive a Rockin' Chocolate shirt, pre-race and post-race snacks, a free beer or soda, a Finisher's Medal and free entry to the Finish Line Festival.
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    Madison 1 September 2018 Madisonschocolaterun
    ThedaCare Half Marathon
    The ThedaCare Half Marathon starts in front of the Barlow Planetarium at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley and finishes in Riverside Park in Neenah, Wisconsin.  This Wisconsin Half Marathon takes runners along 3 miles of paved trail running, through miles of scenic parks and sections of waterfronts.  This 13.1 mile course is USATF certified.  All participants will receive a shirt and a Finisher's Medal.  Awards will be presented to the top 3 male and female finishers and the top 3 male and female finishers in each age division.
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    Appleton 23 September 2018 Foxcitiesmarathon
    Milwaukee Half Marathon
    The Milwaukee Half Marathon starts at 6:30 am in Milwaukee's Walkers Point neighborhood.  This 13.1 USATF certified course takes runners through the Third Ward, past the Summerfest Grounds and the Milwaukee Art Museum, one of Milwaukee's famous landmarks.  This Half Marathon course is filled with lakefront views.  Runners finish the Milwaukee Half Marathon in Reed Street Yards.  There is one tough hill around mile 5 along Lincoln Memorial Drive.  Registration includes a technical t-shirt, a Finisher's Medal, free race day photos, access to the pre-party and post-race festival, and a free beer for those participants over the age of 21.  Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female overall finishers.  Prizes will also be given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.
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    Milwaukee 15 October 2017 Runmilwaukeemarathon
    Whistlestop Half Marathon
    The Whistlestop Half Marathon is sponsored by the Memorial Medical Center in Ashland.  This Wisconsin Half Marathon is a point-to-point course, starting in Iron River and finishing in Ashland.  This 13.1 mile course is relatively flat, along a rail-trail paved with limestone gravel, and offers runners beautiful fall colors.  The Male Half Marathon record, set in 2006, is 1:08:36.  The Female Half Marathon record, set in 1999 is 1:21:43.  The top 3 overall male and female finishers will receive awards.  The top 3 male and female finishers in each age category and the top 3 male and female Masters finishers will receive awards.
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    Ashland 13 October 2018 Whistlestopmarathon
    Madison Half Marathon
    The Madison Half Marathon starts and finishes in Capitol Square.  Registration includes free race day photos, a free beer for those runners over the age of 21, a long-sleeved gender-specific technical shirt, and a Finisher's Medal.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and female overall finishers.
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    Madison 11 November 2018 Madisonmarathon

    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
    Name City Date Website
    Madison Marathon
    The Madison Marathon starts and finishes in Capitol Square.  Registration includes free race day photos, a free beer for those runners over the age of 21, a long-sleeved gender-specific technical shirt, and a Finisher's Medal.  The Madison Marathon is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and female overall finishers.
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    Madison 11 November 2018 Madisonmarathon
    Whistlestop Marathon
    The Whistlestop Marathon is sponsored by the Memorial Medical Center in Ashland and includes a Half Marathon.  This Wisconsin Marathon is a point-to-point course, starting in Iron River and finishing in Ashland.  This 26.2 mile course is relatively flat, along a rail-trail paved with limestone gravel, and offers runners beautiful fall colors.  This Wisconsin Marathon is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.  The Male Marathon record, set in 2007, is 2:28:41.  The Female Marathon record, set in 2012 is 2:51:52.  The top 3 overall male and female finishers will receive awards.  The top 3 male and female finishers in each age category and the top 3 male and female Masters finishers will receive awards.
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    Ashland 13 October 2018 Whistlestopmarathon
    Milwaukee Marathon
    The Milwaukee Marathon starts at 6:30 am in Milwaukee's Walkers Point neighborhood.  This 26.2 USATF certified course takes runners through the Third Ward, past the Summerfest Grounds and the Milwaukee Art Museum, one of Milwaukee's famous landmarks.  This Marathon course is filled with lakefront views, bridge crossings and rolling hills.  Runners finish the Milwaukee Marathon in Reed Street Yards, after completing a lap around the Journey House Green Bay Packer Practice Field.  There is one tough hill around mile 5 along Lincoln Memorial Drive.  Registration includes a technical t-shirt, a Finisher's Medal, free race day photos, access to the pre-party and post-race festival, and a free beer for those participants over the age of 21.  Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female overall finishers.  Prizes will also be given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.
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    Milwaukee 15 October 2017 Runmilwaukeemarathon
    Rockin' Chocolate Marathon
    The Rockin' Chocolate Marathon starts at 8:30 am and offers a Full Marathon and Marathon Relay.  The 26.2 mile course is USATF and a Boston Qualifier.  This USATF certified Marathon course takes runners and walkers along the shores of Lake Monona as they follow paved paths and tree-lined streets.  The Rockin' Chocolate Marathon is a looping course.  Runners complete two full loops around Lake Monona.  This Wisconsin Marathon course takes runners under the Frank LLoyd Wright Monona Terrace.  All Marathon participants will receive a Rockin' Chocolate shirt, pre-race and post-race snacks, a free beer or soda, a Finisher's Medal and free entry to the Finish Line Festival.
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    Madison 1 September 2018 Madisonchocolaterun
    Fox Cities Marathon
    The Fox Cities Marathon starts at 7:00 am at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley.  This Wisconsin Marathon features a USATF certified course and takes runners through 6 Fox Cities communities with a finish at Riverside Park.  The Fox Cities Marathon is a Boston Qualifier.  All participants will receive a shirt and a Finisher's Medal.  Awards will be given to the top 5 male and female overall finishers and the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group division.  Overall awards are determined by Gun Time while Age Division awards are determined by Chip time.
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    Appleton 23 September 2018 Foxcitiesmarathon
    Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon
    The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon features a USATF certified, flat, scenic and point-to-point course.  This Wisconsin Marathon starts at Grafton High School and finishes at Veterans Park.  This 26.2 mile course takes runners through the rural countryside, peaceful neighborhoods and along the shores of Lake Michigan.  Prize money will be available for the top 3 male and female finishers, the top male and female finishers and the top male and female 50+ finishers.  Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female overall finishers, the top male and female Masters finishers, the winners of the Wheelchair division, and the top 3 finishers in each age group category.  All finishers will receive a Finisher's Medal and a race shirt.  This Wisconsin Marathon serves as the Road Runners Club of America's State Championship and the Wisconsin USATF Championship.
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    Milwaukee 7 October 2018 Milwaukeelakefrontmarathon
    Lake Michigan Marathon
    The Lake Michigan Marathon takes runners through Milwaukee's beautiful park system.  This Wisconsin Marathon is a USATF certified race and a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.  This 26.2 mile course includes the Oak Leaf Trail and the Seven Bridges Hiking Trail, starting and finishing at Sheridan Park.  There are three sections of the Lake Michigan Marathon course.  The first section is a 9.5 mile loop from Sheridan Park to Grant Park and back.  The second section is a 6.8 mile out and back.  The third section is a 9.5 mile loop to the south.  Extra mileage will be done in Sheridan Park upon reaching the finish line.  All finishers will receive a Finisher's Medal upon crossing the finish line.  Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female overall finishers.  The top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category will also receive an award.  Registration includes a technical shirt.
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    Cudahy 3 September 2017 Lakemichiganmarathon
    Wausau Marathon
    The Wausau Marathon is a USATF certified course and a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.  The Wausau Marathon starts and finishes in Marathon Park, which is located near Downtown Wausau.  All participants will receive a free beer, choice of free brat or hamburger, a tech t-shirt, and a Finisher's Medal.  This Wisconsin Marathon course provides runners with scenic views of Central Wisconsin along with 16 water stations.
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    Wausau 25 August 2018 Wausau Marathon
    No Frills Marathon
    The No Frills Marathon starts at Nokomis Community Park, taking runners along the scenic Bearskin Trail.  The No Frills Marathon is a point-to-point, mostly flat, course.  Runners will enjoy beautiful views of Wisonsin's Northwoods.  This Wisconsin Marathon is USATF certified and a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.  Registration includes complimentary shuttles back to the start, 10 water stations, and a die-cast Finisher's Medal with free name and time engraving.
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    DoLittle Marathon
    The DoLittle Marathon is a fast and flat run.  This Wisconsin Marathon is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.  The DoLittle Marathon takes runners along the paved section of the Glacial Drumlin Trail.  Runners will enjoy 26.2 miles of beautiful fall colors.  Awards will be given to the overall male and female finishers.  The top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category will also receive awards.  Registration for the DoLittle Marathon includes a gender specific, dry wick t-shirt.  This Wisconsin Marathon is a Silver Circle Sport Event.
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    Waukesha 23 September 2018 Silvercirclesportsevents

    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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  • Ultra Races
    Name City Date Website
    Mad City 100K
    The Mad City 100K is sponsored by the MadCity Ultras, which feature three races in Wisconsin: the 100K, 50K Solo and 50K Relay.  The Mad City 100K starts at 6:30 am.  Cash awards will be given to the top 6 overall finishers.  This Wisconsin Ultra Marathon is the USATF National Championship Race for 2018.  The Mad City 100K consists of a 5K loop located in Warner Park.  Runners will also be taken along a bike path, quiet streets and a stretch of sidewalk during this 3.10 mile loop.
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    Madison 7 April 2018 Madcityultras
    Chippewa 50K
    The Chippewa 50K is a trail race that is held along the Ice Age Trail.  The Ice Age Trail is a single track trail system that starts and finishes at the Chippewa Moraine Center.  This Wisconsin Ultra Marathon provides runners with many scenic views of kettle lakes and glacial features.  Runners will see South Shattuck Lake, Dans Lake, Plummer Lake, run across Three Sisters Boardwalk, and Kim's Crossing.  The Chippewa 50K starts at 8:00 am and is an out-and-back course with many small hills and one major uphill.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers, the top 3 masters male and female finishers, and the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.
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    Kewaskum 28 April 2018 Ultrasignup
    Apple Creek 50K
    The Apple Creek 50K features a 7.75 mile loop that runners complete 4 times.  This loop consists of 2.6 miles on paved road and 5.15 miles on the trails.  Registration includes a long-sleeved lightweight hoodie, a Snowdrop buff (solo runners only) and a Finisher's Medal.  This Wisconsin Ultra Marathon event includes a 50K Relay option.
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    Appleton 12 May 2018 Ultrasignup
    High Cliff Ultra
    The High Cliff Ultra Marathon is a looping course.  Runners complete the 25K loop twice.  This Wisconsin Ultra Marathon course consists of rolling prairies, technical single track, stair climbs, and wide horse trails.  It is a mix of terrain.  Runners will enjoy views of the Niagara Escarpment and the shoreline of Lake Winnebago.  Registration includes one free day pass to High Cliff State Park.
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    Sherwood 4 August 2018 Nurun
    Ragnar Trail Northwoods
    The Ragnar Trail Northwoods takes place at Nine Mile Forest, which includes miles of single-track running trails.  Runners form teams of 8 or 4.  This Ultra Marathon features a looping course with each loop starting and finishing at Ragnar Village.
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    Wausau 21 September 2018 Runragnar
    Goosebumps 6 and 24 Hour Run
    The Goosebumps 6 and 24 Hour Run is a fundraiser for the Local Lupus Alliance.  Runners can run as little or as much as they want in the 6 or 24 hour time frame.  This Wisconsin Ultra Marathon course consists of 2.8 miles of wooded, cross country trail on the backwaters of the Mississippi River.  This Ultra Marathon event does not require an entry fee.  However, donations are welcome.  The Goosebumps 6 and 24 Hour Run is a family-friendly event and will include a Post-Race Cook-Out and games for family and friends to play.
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    La Crosse 22 September 2018 Locallupus
    Fall 50
    The Fall 50 starts at the northern tip of the Door County peninsula at Gills Rock.  Runners trail south along the western shoreline.  The Fall 50 includes a relay option (teams of 2-5 runners) or a solo ultra-marathon option.  This Wisconsin Ultra-Marathon event has a wave start.  There will be a Finish Line Buffet and a Party Tent featuring a DJ.  There will be awards for the Fall 50.
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    Gills Rock 20 October 2018 Fall50
    Mosquito Hill Endurance Run
    The Mosquito Endurance Run takes place at the Mosquito Hill Nature Center.  This is a timed race of 3, 6, 12, and 24 hour options.  This Wisconsin Ultra Marathon event consists of a 3.1 mile trail loop.
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    New London 27 October 2018 Runrace
    Fall Back Blast
    The Fall Back Blast features 50K, 37.5K, 25K and 12.5K Trail Run distances.  This Ultra Marathon Event takes place at Lowes Creek County Park and is presented by the Mayo Clinic Health System.  Registration includes a moisture wicking t-shirt, post race refreshments and a Finisher's Medal.  The top male and female overall finishers will receive an embroidered drop bag.
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    Eau Claire 3 November 2018 Chippewaoffroad
    Black River Trail classic
    The Black River Trail Classic features a 10K, 25K and 50K distance option.  The 50K Trail Ultra Marathon consists of 31 miles of trail.  This Wisconsin Ultra Marathon course does not have any out and backs and does not repeat sections of the course.  The Black River Trail Classic 50K starts in Black River State Forest at 7:30 am.
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    Black River Falls 20 October 2018 Nurun

    About Ultra Races

    An Ultra Marathon is any distance greater than a Marathon (26.2 miles).  Some Ultra race distances include 50K, 50 miles, 100K or 100 miles.  Ultra Marathons can also be timed events, where runners run as far as they can in a set amount of time.  These races range from 6 hours up to 24 hours or more!

    How did we choose the best Ultra 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 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 41 Ultra Marathon events in the state of Wisconsin.  Most of these Ultra Marathon events are held in September.

    What are the best Ultra Marathon events in Wisconsin?

    Whether you are looking for a timed race or a particular distance, Wisconsin offers several different Ultra Marathons to choose from.  Some are walker friendly while others are very challenging and feature technical terrain.  Some of the top Ultra Marathons in Wisconsin include the Mad City 100K, High Cliff Ultra, and Chippewa 50K.

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