Half-Marathons In Wisconsin

How many half-marathons have you run? If you haven’t done one before, then you might want to consider running a half-marathon next year.

Half-Marathons In Wisconsin

The benefits of running a half-marathon include improved cardiovascular health, increased strength and endurance, and reduced risk of diabetes.

A half-marathon is a distance race between 13.1 miles (21 km) and 26.2 miles (42 km). Half-marathons are typically shorter than full marathons, taking only around 2 hours to complete.

Half-marathons are great for beginners because they allow them to start out slowly and build their fitness over time. They also provide a good opportunity to meet new friends and challenge themselves.

If you live in Wisconsin and would like to run a half-marathon, then you’re in luck! There are a few great ones to choose from. So let’s find out more!

Oshkosh Half Marathon

Cold weather is always possible during the springtime race of Oshkosh half-marathon. This race takes all the runners on a special tour around downtown Oshkosh near the lake shore.

There are four bridges crossing the river. Local attractions include the unique ponds at central South Park. 

This city is located in Wisconsin. It usually gets cold in April. The temperature is usually around 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Eau Claire Marathon

The Half Marathon course focuses mostly on residential and business neighborhoods. You will cross over eight bridges during the 13.1-mile run.

The finish line is located at Graham Avenue. Runners will receive their race shirts at packet pickup upon completion. 

The half-marathon course is very friendly to spectators. Spectators can cheer runners on at the starting line, along the course, and at the finish.

Spectators can also join us for a social event at Barstow Street during the race. They will be having a block party on Barstow Street on the night before the race. 

The Eau Claire Marathon is one of the top qualifiers for the Boston Marathon. Check out the schedule for the races, download the Eau Claire Marathon app, and register now!

It starts and even finishes in the main Eau Claire’s Park. There are lots of spectators along the course. Runners can see them cheering them on at the very start, and as people cross the finish line.

Strollers, pets, and rollerblades are prohibited on the course, but non-runners may enter the finish area. 

Pine Line Marathon

The Pine Line Trail runs 42.2 km (26.2 mi) from Medford, WI to Prentice, WI. It is open for non-motorized uses including biking, hiking, and jogging.

It is free to use during off-season months. The annual events are scheduled on the trails, such as the Dairyland marathon and the Volksmarsch, held on the fourth Saturday in April.

A few hundred people run in all three races together. The race goes through the city and through the woods.

The course is 26 miles long. In April, Medford averages 32 degrees Fahrenheit. There is a chance of rain. The Pine Line Marathon consists of a half-marathon, kids run fun run, marathon relay, and 5k.

The Pine Line Trail Marathon course runs along the edge of the city park. It starts at the south end of the park and heads north.

At the halfway mark, runners turn around and head south. The course follows a gradual uphill grade before returning with a steep downhill grade.

The southernmost three miles of the Pine Line Trail is paved with limestone screenings. The remainder of the course is paved with crushed gravel.

The southernmost three-mile section of the trail is flat and there is a slight grade. The northernmost three miles of the trail are also flat but have a steeper grade.

The Pine Line Trail Marathon had the highest percentage of Boston Qualifiers last year. It also ranked number one among all US Marathons in terms of the percentage of Boston qualifiers.

Hotels and VRBOs for the Pine Line Trail Race are available near the finish line. 

How fast could you run this course? If you ran the race at 5:59:01, what would your time be if you raced other courses?

Use our time conversion tool to see how your race times would stack up on other courses.

Wisconsin Trail Assail

There are 7 races in this series. Each race is held in different parks in Wisconsin. There are 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon distances. The last race will be a marathon. 

There are many types of races. Some are run on paved roads, while others are run on dirt paths or trails. Rates vary by distance, time, and type of terrain.

The Wisconsin Trail Assail is a trail running event held annually in Nashotah, WI. 

This race consists of a half-marathon and a 10k trail run. The race takes place on forest trails and grassy fields.

The half-marathon is run twice around the same course as the 10k. The half-marathon is 2 laps around the course and the 10k is 1 lap.

This is a race series that takes place in the state park system. There are races that take place in Waukesha County as well as Wisconsin state parks.

Races include 5k, 10k, half-marathon, and full marathon distances. 

Registration includes free entries into the last call 5k and 1/2 marathon. Spikes are allowed. Rain, shine, snow, or ice doesn’t matter when you’re running a marathon.

If severe weather delays the start of the race, you’ll get your money back if you decide to drop out before finishing.

BeYOUtiful Half Marathon

This is a running event held in Oconomowoc. The half-marathon consists of 26 miles, while the 5k consists of 3 miles. Both races take place on the same day.

Join us for a half-marathon and a 5k race to celebrate mothers and fathers. Runners will enjoy the scenery and the company of other runners while running through downtown Oconomowoc.

Finish off the event by enjoying the view from the top of Lac La Belle.

Half-marathon runners will need to stop drinking fluids during the race. Aid stations will be located every two miles. Portable toilets will be available at each aid station.

Mother’s Day is a time when people show appreciation to mothers. The BeYouTiful Half Marathon takes place on Mother’s Day weekend.

The race is renamed to be more inclusive. The race takes place in downtown Oconomowoc. Beautiful views of lakes are seen throughout the route.

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Madeline Island Marathon

The Madeline Island Marathon and half-marathon starts at 8:30 am. There will be a post-race party from 10 am – 4 pm. Runners should arrive at the island on May 20th, 2022, and stay for a weekend.

There is a post-race event at Joni Beach from 10 am-3:30 pm with live music and an awards ceremony at 3:00. Cheer the runners to the finish lines and join us for this awesome event!

A unique inline skate race that offers every type of skater something different. The looped course includes both flat and curved sections, as well as hairpin turns.

There is also a full marathon, a half-marathon, and a fun race. There are many fun activities you can do here. You can go camping or fishing. Or you could take a trip down the river!

The marathon is a very interesting event. It is held on an island in Lake Superior. There are many scenic views during the race. Skaters can see the lake and the surrounding forests.

The race is held in the fall when the weather is nice.

Madeline Island Marathon and half-marathon lets you run through forests, and along the island shores, and is a point-to-point course with one section of out-and-back in each race.

Coursing is mostly paved, with a section of packed-gravel road in each race. There are two races, the Madeline Island Marathon and the Half Marathon. Both courses are US ATF certified and qualify as Boston qualifiers.

Runners should arrive at the island the night before the race and stay overnight. There are limited slots available for each race, and organizers expect them to sell out quickly.

Zachariah’s Acres Spring Trail

After the race, purchase apples or pumpkins from the ZA farm Cart or enjoy a cup of coffee and/or Baked Goods donated by our community partners.

Zachary’s Acres is a Private Facility NOT open to the public. Please do not Preview the Course Prior to Race Day. The Facility is Open to the Public ONCE Only on Race Day. 

You should bring your own water. There will be an on-course bag drop area for you. You’ll be able to leave your nutrition and hydrating items on the northeast side of this building.

Your bag should be placed in the designated bag drop zone before the race, and it must be spaced 10 feet away from other bags. 

Both ends of the course can be utilized. This is a self-placement and self-serve bag drop. We won’t be carrying bags on the course. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of time and room for you to self-drop your bag.

Brew City Marathon

Participants who finish the race will get a medal. There will be winners in each age category, as well as an overall winner.

Medals will be given out to the top three finishers in each age category as long as they were present on the course.

Runners should bring a clear plastic bag for carrying items. Packets may be mailed to runners prior to the race day.

If packages do not arrive by race day, runners may go to the race site to get them. Participant gear must be picked up by participants at packet pickup.  

Headphones/iPods/Mp3s are not recommended because they may interfere with hearing and detection of hazards and dangers.

Runners and walkers can take part in this event. Volunteers are always available to help if needed. 

A parent must sign a waiver on their child’s behalf before they enter the race. There are no dogs allowed on this course.

Walkers and runners may bring a stroller, but they must be signed out by a parent or guardian. Chip timers are used to record each runner’s time. 

Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon

This race was held in October, and it was limited to the first 1000 people who signed up. The winner gets a 50% refund of their registration fees.

There were more prizes than last year, including a new course, increased prize money, and more ideas and announcements coming soon.

The race started early because there were so many runners. Some of them even finished before the official start time.

Final Thoughts

There are lots of great places to run in Milwaukee. If you want to try running marathons, then look into these events. They have some cool things going on, like free beer after the race.

Marathons are a truly rewarding experience, so we hope that you enjoy any half-marathons that you choose to take part in!

Megan Rinzel
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