On Sunday, May 6, runners can take a course that takes participants along the streets and among the lakes, parks and riverbanks of this city in Wisconsin’s Chippewa River Valley. The Eau Claire Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K features an out-and-back loop course through the city that starts and finishes in Carson Park.
From the starting line inside the park, whose 134 acres are located on the peninsula that juts out into Half Moon Lake near downtown, runners follow the course as its fans out through the city, across the West Grand Avenue bridge and along 5th Avenue, Bellinger Street and 1st Street, all within sight of the banks of the Chippewa River
In the first mile, runners follow the mile markers of the course toward the big bridge crossing, where Interstate 94 crosses over the river into the city’s eastern half.
Once over the river, runners then follow the course as the circular loop heads southward, along Riverview Drive, Redwood Drive and Western Avenue all the way south down to Galloway Street, where runners then follow the course as it winds along the clearer Eau Claire River.
The course makes its way along the trails along the river, taking runners across four more bridge crossings — off Galloway Street, across Dewey Street and across Grand Avenue — before heading south into the neighborhoods that precede the Putnam Drive section of the course, perhaps one of its most scenic stretches as runners get to run along tree-lined waterside trails as they run alongside Putnam Creek.
After they make their way around Putnam, the course features one more bridge crossing at Garfield and 1st Avenue, after which runners head east along the riverbanks back toward the finish line inside Carson Park.
Runners follow paved surfaces throughout the race, as the course takes them across paved park trails and city streets for virtually the entire 13.1 miles of the race.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in the central western portion of Wisconsin, just over 80 miles east of the Minnesota capital of St. Paul, Eau Claire typically sees cool to moderately warm weather in May, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 20 degrees (in 1967) and as high as 95 degrees (in 2006).
On race day (May 6), the average low is 42ºF and the average high is 67ºF.
7:30 AM – full marathon, relay
9:15 AM – half marathon, 5K
Course Time Limit
4 hours, 15 minutes
$50 – $80 for the half marathon
$60 – $100 for the full marathon
$145 – $195 for the marathon relay
$20 – $45 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of the Eau Claire Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay or 5K, register online at GetMeRegistered.com here.
Official Race Website