Wisconsin > Hope in Community Half Marathon & 5K
Wisconsin Rapids, WI • Sunday, September 9, 2012 • Course Map
Set for its third annual running as summer is giving way to fall here in central Wisconsin in early September 2012, the Hope in Community Half Marathon & 5K is part of a weekend-long festival of events -- which also includes a golf tournament, fishing tournament and a quilting & crafts show in addition to the running event -- to celebrate the memory of local resident Lacey Laskowski, who lost her battle with leukemia in early 2010.
During her illness and treatment, which began in the summer of 2009 and lasted through the second half of the year, Lacey's spirit touched many local Wisconsin Rapids residents' lives, and drew so much of the community together that her parents were moved to create a foundation in her name, and start the festival "Hope in Community - A Smile from Lacey" that features the half marathon this year.
The half marathon follows an out-and-back route that starts and finishes at the city's Assumption High School on Chestnut Street, which lies just a few blocks from the banks of the Wisconsin River that flows through the city. From there, runners follow a route that takes them from the high school's campus and over the bridge at Grand Avenue to the river's western side, and then along the road that runs alongside the river -- 1st Avenue South -- all the way through Lyon and Hanson Parks.
Runners veer off from 1st Avenue in Hanson Park and head through the park, crossing 2nd Avenue along the way, toward the pathway that parallels the railroad tracks between Wisconsin Rapids and nearby Port Edwards to the south. Runners then take the path all the way southward into Port Edwards, where they make the turn along 1st Street, 3rd Street and finally south again on 4th Street before heading back onto the path, where they retrace their steps as they make their way north back up toward Wisconsin Rapids and the parks along the riverbanks.
The last few miles of the race bring runners back through Lyon Park and across the East Riverview Expressway bridge back over the river into Wisconsin Rapids, where they'll make their last few turns along 4th Street and Garfield Street before passing by Witter Field on their way back around to Chestnut for the race finish back at the high school.
Weather & Climate
Located near the geographic center of the state, just over 110 miles west of Green Bay and roughly 108 miles northwest of Madison, the city of Wisconsin Rapids typically experiences moderately cool to moderately warm weather in the late fall season, with September temperatures that average between 70°F and 47°F for the month -- on the day of the race (Sept. 9), the city's average high is 73°F and average low is 50°F. September also brings usually drier weather than the preceding summer months, with an average of just under 3.6 inches of rainfall for the month.
View the race route map for the Hope in Community Half Marathon
$40 for the half marathon
$20 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the late summer 2012 running of Wisconsin Rapids' Hope in Community Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at Active.com.
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