Saturday, April 2, 2016 • Waukesha, WI • Course Map
Run along a combination of a few city streets and mostly park trails that parallel the winding Fox River that runs through the heart of the city, Waukesha’s Trailbreaker Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K takes runners on a largely fast and flat and very scenic trail run here just a short drive from nearby Milwaukee.
Both the half and the full marathons follow an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at Waukesha’s Schuetze Recreation Center on Baxter Street.
From there, runners follow the trail that winds along the river starting in Frame Park, a linear park that lines both sides of the Fox River between Moreland Boulevard and Barstow Street, and features nearly two miles of walking and biking trails in addition to the baseball diamond and festival facilities near the recreation center.
Once they’re on the trail, runners follow it what is essentially a long straight stretch out to the half-way turnaround point — which, for the half marathon, lies near the intersection of the trail and County Road DT. Those running the full, 26.2-mile marathon continue on to the full marathon half-way point, which lies further west, in nearby Lapham Peak State Park.
Much of the route for both courses takes runners over the Glacial Drumlin Trail, which at its full length stretches more than 50 miles between the state’s two biggest urban areas, and takes walkers, hikers, bikers and runners past 10 small towns in between.
Made of natural dirt and gravel surfaces, the trail is bordered on either side by ample tree cover and park areas for much of its length, and was built in the mid-1980s from an abandoned railroad corridor.
Review from a blogger
Here’s what the author of the blog “Tales from an Average Runner” had to say about the 2013 Trailbreaker race:
“The Trailbreaker has more of a home-grown feel to it, but what it lacks in crowd and spectator support, it makes up for with the fact that it offers a very personal feel. I think the volunteers and race personnel actually care what you think. They are truly happy to be putting on this event, which raises money for the local parks system, and it shows.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in Wisconsin’s southeastern corner, roughly 20 miles west of downtown Milwaukee, the city of Waukesha typically experiences mild to cool and occasionally quite cold weather in the early spring, and snow is still possible this time of year, as Waukesha averages just over 2 inches of the white stuff during the month.
On race day (April 2), the average low is 33ºF and the average high is 51ºF.
- 2015 Trailbreaker Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Trailbreaker Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Trailbreaker Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Trailbreaker Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Trailbreaker Half Marathon Results
- 8:00 AM – full marathon
- 9:30 AM – half marathon
- 10:00 AM – 5K
- $40 for the half marathon, if registered by March 13, 2016
- prices subject to increase as the race grows closer
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of Waukesha’s Trailbreaker Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at GetMeRegistered.com here.
Official Race Website
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