Wisconsin > Adrenaline Marathon on the Eisenbahn Trail
West Bend, WI • Sunday, April 21, 2013 • Course Map
Stretching about 25 miles from the town of Eden southward to the city of West Bend here in southeastern Wisconsin, the former railroad corridor now known as the Eisenbahn Trail serves as the race route for the Adrenaline Marathon on the Eisenbahn Trail Full Marathon, Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon, nearly all of which takes runners off the roadways away from traffic, and unfolds along this picturesque trail through the green landscapes of the state's Kettle Moraine State Forest.
Now a popular trail for runners, walkers, hikers, cyclists and in-line skating, the Eisenbahn -- named for the German word for "railroad," in a nod both to its roots as a transportation corridor as well as to the area's German heritage -- also is open at various points to snowmobiles and winter all-terrain vehicles, and is made up of crushed limestone screenings for most of its 25 miles, with the exception of the lower 5 miles of the trail from Northwestern Avenue in West Bend to the trail's southern head, which is paved.
Runners in all three races will follow a new, out-and-back course for the 2013 race -- which also has been moved up to April from June, when it was run last year -- that starts and finishes in downtown West Bend, and heads out onto the Eisenbahn Trail from there. The half marathon turnaround point will be where the starting line for the half was last year, in the town of Kewaskum, along Auburn Ashford Road.
Along the half marathon route, which leaves the starting line on Auburn Ashford Road and then turns onto Moraine Court before heading onto the Eisenbahn Trail, runners will make their way through long stretches of rural farmlands and meadows, cross creeks and run through downtown West Bend on their way toward the finish line at the YMCA.
The elevation change for the race follows what is basically a long, slow and gradual descent from the start to the finish line, one that runners probably won't even notice along the half marathon's 13.1 miles, as the starting line area lies at just over 1,000 feet above sea level, while the finish line lies at about 900 feet. Throughout most of the course, runners can expect to run over terrain made up of limestone screenings, with only the final few miles of the course run on paved asphalt surfaces.
During the weekend of the race, runners can get out and enjoy the festivities in West Bend after their run, as the city will also be hosting a Germanfest and Art Fair, and participants can also get out to take in the city's farmer's market over the weekend.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in Wisconsin's southeastern corner, just miles from the shore of Lake Michigan and about 40 miles northwest of Milwaukee, West Bend typically sees April temperatures that average between 35°F and 55°F, while precipitation amounts average just over 3.1 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (April 21), the average low is 37°F and the average high is 57°F.
View the race route map for the Eisenbahn Half Marathon
$50 for the half marathon, if registered by February 28, 2013
$55 between March 1 - 31
$65 between April 1 - 18
To reserve your spot in the spring 2013 running of West Bend's Eisenbahn Marathon or Half Marathon race, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
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