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Wisconsin > Aldo Leopold Half Marathon & 5K
Baraboo, WI



Cancelled for 2009

Event Details

Hilly, challenging and run on a course that's both gorgeously scenic and a place of great significance to the Great Lakes region's natural history, the Aldo Leopold Half Marathon & 5K takes runners on a trail race through southern Wisconsin's Devils Lake State Park, just a few miles south of the town of Baraboo. The race takes runners through this nearly 10,000-acre park's hills and trails, within view of its 500-ft. cliffs during the fall when the leaves are turning brilliant shades of red, orange and gold, and along portions of its famed Ice Age Trail, which winds along 1,000 miles through the state and highlights how glaciers carved the landscape millions of years ago throughout this part of the country.

The 13.1-mile trail half marathon portion of the event -- which also includes a 5K run and a two-mile race for children -- starts and finishes along the shore of Devils Lake, the 360-acre lake from which the park gets its name. From there, the course winds along a circuitous route along the hills, trails and cliffs of the north-central part of the park, passing within view of State Road 113 and County Road DL. Runners will cross the loop course twice before heading onto private interior roads through the park's Steinke Basin and then along the East Bluff of the lake before making their way back to the finish line near the lakeshore.

Runners are encourage to carry personal water bottles with them along the run, as there will be two aid stations set up at about the 5.6-mile and 10.5-mile sections of the race, but nowhere else along the course. The race is also a very hilly one -- runners start the event at just under 1,000 feet above sea level and climb to an elevation of more than 1,400 feet above sea level at several high points on the course along the way, and encounter only brief flat stretches along the route.

The course's biggest hills occur near the start and finish of the race, as runners heading out run from the lakeshore up into the hilly cliffs and those heading back are scaling down from the heights toward the end of the race. The terrain runners will encounter will be all natural surfaces, including fairly wide mowed-grass paths through prairie-like areas and dirt trails through the forest areas.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the southern portion of Wisconsin, about an hour's drive northwest from the state capital city of Madison, the town of Baraboo typically experiences moderately cool to cold weather conditions in the mid-fall season, and drier weather than in the late summer months. In October, average monthly temperatures range between 60°F and 33°F, while precipitation amounts average around 2.48 inches for the month.


$35 if registered before October 1, 2008
$45 between Oct. 1 - 24


To reserve your spot in the fall 2008 running of Wisconsin's Aldo Leopold Half Marathon, register online at Active.com or print out and mail in this downloadable entry form.



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