Thanks in part to its location along the shores of Lake Winnebago in eastern Wisconsin, blustery cold weather with blowing wind and even snow are always a possibility at the springtime running of the Oshkosh Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay & 5K, which takes runners on a tour of this city’s downtown near the shores of the lake.
With four bridge crossings, roughly a third of the course along the waterfront and a route that takes runners past local attractions including the ponds at South Park, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Menomonie Park & Zoo, the race offers lots of changing scenery and neighborhoods along the 13.1-mile route.
Both the 5K and the half-marathon race start and finish near downtown Oshkosh’s Riverside Park, along Main Street next to the Oshkosh Convention Center, and just blocks from the city’s Grand Opera House and the Oshkosh Public Library.
From there, the course follows what is roughly a counter-clockwise route through the city, taking runners across bridges over the water first across Wisconsin Street and then later, on the return route back to Riverside Park, across Main Street.
For 2015, the race added a full marathon for the first time, which starts with the half marathon and 5K at Caepe and Main Streets. The course will be open for 7 hours — until 2:00 PM.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in the eastern part of the state, about 85 miles north of Milwaukee and roughly 170 miles north of Chicago, Ill., Oshkosh typically sees cold to mild weather in April, a month that has brought record temperatures as low as 6 degrees (in 1954) and as high as 91 degrees (in 1980).
On race day (April 30), the average low is 41ºF and the average high is 61ºF.
- 2015 Oshkosh Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Oshkosh Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Oshkosh Half Marathon Results
See race website
To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of the Oshkosh Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K or Relay race, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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