Wisconsin > Community First Fox Cities Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay & 5K
Appleton, WI • Sunday, September 22, 2013 • Course Map
More than 4,800 runners, walkers and wheelchair competitors crossed the finish line in all races combined at the fall 2012 running of Appleton's Community First Fox Cities Marathon & Half Marathon Festival of Races, with more than 2,600 of those runners and walkers taking part in the half-marathon race alone.
Ranked year after year by The Ultimate Guide to Marathons book as one of the midwest's best marathon and half marathon races, this event takes runners and walkers on a course that features a number of hills but also takes runners on an overall slightly downhill course -- at the start, the elevation is roughly 810 feet above sea level and by the time participants reach the finish line, the course has dropped to an elevation of about 750 feet above sea level.
The race takes runners through Appleton, Wisconsin, a town of about 70,000 people that lies in the heart of the state's Fox River Valley and is home to the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, where both the full and half marathons start.
From there, runners follow the half-marathon route along city streets including Midway Road, Telulah Avenue and Schaefer Circle, along the early part of the course that takes runners past green open spaces like Woodland Park. After making the turn along Lake Park Road, the course turns again back onto Midway for a long straightaway, followed by an even longer straightaway run along Plank Road and Manitowoc Road.
When the course hits 7th Street, it begins the first of several twists and turns that take runners and walkers across the bridge at Racine Street, through tree-lined Smith Park, and over a second bridge at North Commercial Street as the route is reaching its home stretch over onto the peninsula that contains Riverside Park, where runners in all races reach the finish line. Throughout the race, runners run across all paved (and mostly flat) terrain along Appleton's city streets.
Rather than a single-day event, the Fox Cities Marathon is actually a three-day series of running events, with half-mile and quarter-mile races for kids on Friday, followed by the 5K race on Saturday morning. The full and half marathons take place on Sunday morning, with scheduled starting times of 6:00 AM for the full marathon and 7:00 AM for the half marathon (officially titled the ThedaCare Orthopedics Plus Half Marathon).
Race Weather & Climate
Located in the eastern part of the state, about an hour's drive west from Lake Michigan and nearly two hours north from Milwaukee, Appleton typically experiences mild to moderately cool weather conditions as the seasons are changing from late summer to early fall.
In September, average monthly temperatures range between 51°F and 70°F, while rainfall totals average just over 3.2 inches, making September the city's fourth-wettest month of the year. On the day of the race (Sept. 22), the average low is 49°F and the average high is 68°F.
View the race route map for the Fox Cities Half Marathon
6:00 AM - full marathon, for entrants who expect to finish in 7 hours or more
6:55 AM - wheelchair and hand crank participants
7:00 AM - full marathon, half marathon
7:05 AM - half marathon walkers
$50 for the half marathon, if registered by April 30, 2013
$65 between May 1 - July 31
$75 between August 1 - September 19
$90 at the race expo
To reserve your spot in the early fall 2013 running of the Community First Fox Cities Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K or Relay races, visit the event website.
Official Race Website
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