Saturday, September 3, 2016 • Oconomowoc, WI • Course Map
Several hundred runners cross the finish line each year at the late summer running of Oconomowoc’s Lake Country Half Marathon & 5K, a 13.1-mile race that takes runners on an out-and-back loop course around Lake Lac La Belle and past Foweler here on the western outskirts of Milwaukee.
Hosted since 2006 by the De Pere, Wis.-based Midwest Sports Events race management company, the Lake Country race takes runners through the part of the state known as the Wisconsin lake country, and winds along a hilly course that makes use of the area’s historic country roads, taking runners past Nashotah, Nemahbin and Oconomowoc Lakes and on a sweeping loop route around the shoreline of Lake Lac La Belle.
From the starting line at Crosspoint Community Church on North Lake Road (State Road 67), runners start out by heading south along North Lake Road toward Lac La Belle Drive, where they turn right and head west along the lake’s shoreline, toward Running Hills Golf Course.
Runners will make a brief detour along Arlene Lane and Saeger Avenue before turning right again onto Lac La Belle Drive, which brings runners back to the lake shoreline and continues the loop around the lake.
The next few miles of the course unfold along the tree-lined residential neighborhoods that line the lakeshore, giving runners plenty of views of the lake houses, boats and piers sticking out onto the water as they head southeast.
The course continues southeast into the heart of downtown Oconomowoc, bringing runners past a pair of city parks and onto Wisconsin Avenue before turning left onto Main Street/North Lake Road right in the heart of the city.
Following the pivot onto North Lake Road, runners then head north along the strait that separates Lac La Belle and Fowler Lake, and then into the residential neighborhoods north of the city around Crystal Lake.
After a three-mile loop through the neighborhoods there, runners return to North Lake Road for the home stretch of the half marathon, which heads north and finishes back at Crosspoint Community Church.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in the southeast corner of Wisconsin, about 34 miles west of Milwaukee and roughly 50 miles east of Madison, Oconomowoc typically sees its second-warmest month of the year in August, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 40°F (in 1986) and as high as 101°F (in 1988).
On race day (Sept. 3), the average low is 54ºF and the average high is 75ºF.
- 7:00 AM – half marathon
- 7:10 AM – 5K
Course Time Limit
3 hours, 45 minutes
- $45 for the half marathon, if registered by May 19, 2016
- $50 between May 20 – August 30
- $65 after August 30
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of Oconomowoc’s Lake Country Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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