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Wisconsin > Leinenkugel's Pure Water Days Races Half Marathon
Chippewa Falls, WI  •  Saturday, August 9, 2014  •  Course Map


Organized to coincide with this small western Wisconsin city's annual late summer Pure Water Days Festival -- which features a weekend filled with arts and crafts festivals, fireworks and the annual Pure Water Days parade that celebrates Chippewa Falls' heritage of clean Chippewa Springs water -- the Leinenkugel's Pure Water Days Races features a four-mile run, two-mile walk, one-mile run and a 200-meter dash in addition to the Bill Roegge Memorial Half Marathon, all of which take place on the Saturday of the festival.

All of the races, including the 13.1-mile half marathon, follow out-and-back routes that start and finish at the Chippewa Valley Family YMCA on Jefferson Avenue. From there, those running in the half marathon follow a route that features plenty of long, flat stretches and really only one significant uphill stretch, which occurs between the 4th and 5th mile markers along 110th Street in the nearby town of Tilden.

The half marathon course starts out from the YMCA and takes runners north along Jefferson Avenue, which runners then turn off onto 136th Street and continue heading north through the road that snakes through the tree-lined fairways of the Ojibwa Golf Club, named for the Native American tribe that first inhabited the area -- as legend has it, the first settlers to the area named it after the Chippewa River, which they mis-pronounced from the name of the Ojibwa tribe.

After the stretch through the golf course, runners then turn left onto 85th Avenue and head west, turning next onto County Highway S to begin a long, looping stretch that takes them out of Chippewa Falls and into the town of Tilden, which lies just to the west of the city.

Runners make a long loop around Highway S, 110th Street and County Highway N before heading back into Chippewa Falls, where they run through residential areas and past a local school and then turn onto County Highway O for a two-mile stretch northward.

The race's last couple of miles bring runners through the tree-covered roads along the western edge of Glen Lock Lake and around the edges of Irvine Park, along Bear Den Road, before heading back onto Jefferson Avenue for the race finish line back at the YMCA.

Just over 180 runners crossed the finish line in the half marathon alone at the race's 2012 running, out of a total of more than 550 finishers in the three running events.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the western part of the state, roughly 90 miles east of St. Paul, Minn., Chippewa Falls typically experiences mild to moderately warm and occasionally hot weather in the late summer, and its heaviest rainfall of the year during the month the race is held.

August Avg. Day of Race Monthly Precip.
Low: 58°F Low: 60°F Rain: 3.94 in.
High: 80°F High: 82°F Snow: 0 in.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Leinenkugel's Pure Water Days Races Half Marathon

Starting Time

7:30 AM - 1-mile fun run
8:00 AM - half marathon, 4-mile run, 2-mile fit walk
9:00 AM - 200-meter dash


$30 for the half marathon, if registered before August 10, 2013
$35 on the day of the race


To reserve your spot in the late summer 2014 running of Chippewa Falls's Leinenkugel's Pure Water Days Races Half Marathon, 4-mile, 2-mile or 1-mile race, visit the event website.

Official Race Website


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