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Wisconsin > Wisconsin Dells Honky Tonk Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K
Wisconsin Dells, WI  •  Sunday, October 20, 2013  •  Course Map


Set for its 4th annual running here in the southern central Wisconsin area known as the Wisconsin Dells -- which has been named by TripAdvisor as one of the country's top family tourist destinations largely due to the scenic natural beauty of its lakes and rivers and its reknown as the "waterpark capital of the world" -- the Wisconsin Dells Honky Tonk Marathon & Half Marathon races take runners on an out-and-back loop route along the rolling hills of the country roads through Adams County.

Both races start and finish at the Wisconsin Dells Center on River Road, which lies just south of Pine Aire Country Club and just east of Blackhawk Island State Natural Area. From there, those running the half marathon follow the route southward along River Road for roughly the first mile and a half, and then turn left on Waubeek Road for another half-mile stretch before turning left again onto 9th Avenue, which starts a long straightaway stretch that takes the field northward toward the small town of Dell Prairie.

Once they make their way into town, runners turn right onto Broadway to cross over the Kilbourn Dam and then turn right again onto Stand Rock Road. This stretch will feature some up-and-down hills as runners head north all the way to the half-way turnaround point on 28th Avenue South, and from there they'll retrace their steps in reverse back to the Wisconsin Dells Center for the race finish.

Just over 740 runners crossed the finish line in all three races combined in 2012, including 448 finishers in the half marathon alone. For 2013, the race's scheduled starting time is 8:00 AM.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the central southern part of the state, roughly 55 miles north of Madison and just over 120 miles northwest of Milwaukee, Wisconsin Dells usually experiences moderately cool (and occasionally cold) to mild weather in the mid-fall season.

In October, temperatures average between 35°F and 59°F -- on Oct. 20, the average low is 34°F and the average high is 58°F -- while rainfall totals average about 2.3 inches for the month.

Course Map

View the race route map for the Wisconsin Dells Honky Tonk Half Marathon

Starting Time

8:00 AM - half marathon, full marathon
8:15 AM - 5K


$55 for the half marathon, if registered before October 13, 2013
$65 on Oct. 13 and after


To reserve your spot in the fall 2012 running of the Wisconsin Dells Honky Tonk Marathon or Half Marathon, register online at Active.com.

Official Race Website


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