I love Wisconsin and am always looking for races in my home state. I have made more of a concerted effort to be more in the know of Wisconsin Races and will be featuring a few in the coming months.
First up: The Eau Claire Marathon
Date: May 6, 2018
Other Race Distance Opportunities: 5K, Half-Marathon, Marathon-Relay, Kids Run
Where in the world is Eau Claire, WI? It is in the western part of the state, about 90 miles east of Minneapolis, MN and 245 miles NW of Milwaukee. Western Wisconsin is known for it's beautiful landscapes. If you are a music buff, you may have heard of Eau Claire as it is home to the Eaux Claires music festival (started by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver fame). (This article has more about the history of the city and the music festival.)
The Eau Claire Marathon turns 10 this year! As one would expect, the medals are highlighting this milestone anniversary!
The course starts and ends in the same location (BONUS!) and also features a nice loop throughout the city, including a lot of running by water! It is awesome to see the course capitalizes on the city's scenery!
One thing that I think looks cool about this race is that you run over ELEVEN of Eau Claire's bridges including the Dewey St Bridge and the Phoenix Park Bridge pictured below:
The course is certified AND a Boston qualifier. Last year, 52 people BQed on this course!
The event also has lots of cute "merch" available to purchase on this website. The race website is very well done and it is easy to find lodging resources as well as FAQs.
100 % of the reviews on BibRave recommend this 5-star race. While I am not running the Eau Claire marathon this year, I am definitely adding it to my marathon list!
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