Wisconsin > Lapham Peak Trail Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K
Delafield, WI • Saturday, September 7, 2013 • Course Map
Runners get the chance to trek along glacier-carved terrain that's more than 10,000 years old at the all-new Lapham Peak Trail Races Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K, all of which are set to take place this September in the Lapham Peak unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, along an out-and-back loop route along the park's Moraine Ridge trail.
Made up of a number of separate park units throughout southeastern Wisconsin near Milwaukee, the Kettle Moraine State Forest is connected by the 115-mile-long Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive, along which visitors can get a glimpse from their car of the hilly terrain throughout the park, which was created when a glacier that covered Wisconsin thousands of years ago receded, leaving behind what are now some of the state's most popular hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing trails spread across its approximately 30,000 acres.
For the race on September 8, runners in all three distances will converge on the starting line area at Lupo Pond inside the Lapham Peak Unit, which lies just south of Delafield. (The Kettle Moraine southern unit stretches as far south as Whitewater, Wis., while the park's northern unit reaches nearly all the way to the town of Plymouth, to the west of Sheboygan.) From the start, runners in the half marathon make two loops along the Moraine Ridge trail inside the park, while those running the 10K make a single loop and those running the full marathon make four loops.
Organizers note that the trail itself is wide (about 12 to 15 feet wide in most places), but it's also challenging -- there are a few short, steep hills and some longer hills runners must climb, with some flat terrain thrown in. In their first loop of the race, runners in the full and the half marathon will make their way to the top of the park's 45-ft.-high observation tower, which stands at over 1,200 feet, making it the highest point in Waukesha County.
They'll climb the steps of the tower on their first loop only, however -- the second loop of the half marathon, and none of the other three loops of the full marathon, include the run to the top of the tower. Runners in the 10K will not make the run to the top of the tower either.
Scheduled starting times for the race are 8:00 AM for the 26.2-mile trail run, 8:30 AM for the 13.1-mile race and 9:00 AM for the 10K. The race will sign up a maximum of 500 entrants for all races combined, and the course cut-off time is 4:00 PM for those running the full marathon.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the southwestern corner of Nagawicka Lake in southeastern Wisconsin, about 27 miles west of Milwaukee, Delafield typically sees September temperatures that average between 50°F and 72°F, while rainfall totals average just under 3.7 inches for the month, making September the city's third-wettest month of the year.
On the day of the race (Sept. 7), the average low is 53°F and the average high is 75°F.
View the race route map for the Lapham Peak Trail Half Marathon
$45 for the half marathon, if registered by June 30, 2013
$55 between July 1 - September 4
$65 on Sept. 6 - 7
To reserve your spot in the late summer 2013 running of Delafield's Lapham Peak Marathon, Half Marathon or 10K trail races, register online at imATHLETE.com.
Official Race Website
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