Wisconsin > Eastbay Half Marathon & 5K
Wausau, WI • Saturday, September 29, 2012 • Course Map
A pair of bridge-over-river crossings and a steep, challenging climb up the namesake mountain inside northern Wisconsin's Rib Mountain State Park are a couple of the highlights awaiting runners at the new Eastbay Half Marathon & 5K, which makes its second annual running as summer is giving way to fall here in Wausau in September 2012.
Planned as a fundraiser for Special Olympics Wisconsin, to help further its mission of providing sports and fitness training throughout the year to adults and children with cognitive disabilities, the race follows an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at Wausau's (aptly named) Marathon Park, which lies about a block away from the Wausau campus of the University of Wisconsin, just off Stewart Avenue.
From there, runners head out on a course that takes them south toward Rib Mountain, toward a stretch that will climb some 700 feet in elevation by the time runners reach its peak. Between Marathon Park and the point at which runners reach Rib Mountain State Park (which occurs just as they're reaching the mile 5 marker), the course follows a mostly fast and flat stretch, heading south from the park and across the 17th Avenue bridge that crosses over Lake Wausau.
After runners cross the bridge, the road becomes Rib Mountain Drive as it continues heading south and then curves to the west. The half marathon route makes a couple of turns -- on Robin Lane and Hummingbird Road -- before turning back onto the road that leads into the 1,480-acre park. Once they pass the mile 5 marker, the road just keeps going uphill for the next couple of miles, until runners reach near the peak of the mountain and the loop road at the top, where they'll be able to see the ancient quartzite rock formation that is Rib Mountain -- it is thought to be between 1.5 and 2 billion years old, and is the tallest hill in Wisconsin.
Once they make their way around the loop, runners then head back eastward and downhill along the park road, all the way down the same route they ran uphill earlier. They turn left to head north when they reach Hummingbirg Lane, and then follow Hummingbird all the way north to the bridge and cross the water a second time, to the turn onto Sherman Street, where they head east. After that, there's less than a mile to go to Marathon Park and the race finish line.
The scheduled starting time for the half marathon is 8:30 AM (the same starting time for the 5K), and the entrant limit for the race is 750 runners.
Weather & Climate
Located along the Wisconsin River in the northern central part of the state, roughly 140 miles north of Madison, Wausau typically sees September temperatures that average between 69°F and 48°F, while rainfall totals average about 3.9 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Sept. 29), the average high is 63°F and the average low is 42°F.
View the race route map for the Eastbay Half Marathon
$60 for the half marathon
$20 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the early fall 2012 running of Wausau's Eastbay Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
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