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Wisconsin > Lyndon Ellefson Memorial Half Marathon & 5K
Barron, WI  •  Saturday, September 22, 2012  •  Course Map

Named in honor of Barron native and running enthusiast Lyndon Ellefson, whose passing in 1998 while training in the Italian Alpine Mountains for an upcoming marathon prompted the Barron Area Community Center to organize the race's inaugural running the following year, the Lyndon Ellefson Memorial Half Marathon & 5K has become a more than decade-long tradition in this small town in Wisconsin's northwestern corner.

Home to just over 3,000 residents, Barron offers mostly nice, flat terrain for runners who take part in the race, as the course unfolds mostly along rural roads through farmland just outside the town center.

From the starting line next to the Barron Medical Center Hospital on Memorial Drive, the out-and-back course for the race follows a course that takes runners along a course that's shaped somewhat like an airplane. After following 14th Avenue south for a stretch and Maple Avenue eastward for a bit, the race then takes a southward turn onto 16th Street and opens up toward the east for a long stretch along 11 1/2 Avenue, the first stretch that looks from above like the wing of a plane.

The course then takes runners south 17th Street and westward along 10 1/2 Avenue before turning south again on 16th Street, where runners hit the turnaround point and then head north again on 16th. The race unfolds out for the other "wing" of the "plane" on the other side of 10 1/2 Avenue, turning northward on 15th and then heading back toward 16th Street for the return back toward the hospital for the race finish line.

The race is run to benefit the Barron Area Community Center, which has collected more than $300,000 in proceeds from the race over its 10 years as perhaps the local area's most popular running event. The race starts promptly at 7:30 AM for the half marathon and 8:00 AM for the runners and walkers in the 5K.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in northwestern Wisconsin, about 90 miles east of the Minnesota city of Minneapolis, the town of Barron typically experiences mild to moderately cool weather conditions in the early fall, with relatively heavy precipitation compared to the later weeks and months of the season. In September, average monthly temperatures range between 68°F and 47°F -- on the day of the race, the average high is 66°F and the average low is 45°F -- while rainfall totals average around 4.17 inches for the month.

Course Map

View the race route map for the Lyndon Ellefson Memorial Half Marathon


$30 for the half marathon, if registered before race day
$40 on the day of the race

$15 for the 5K Run/Walk, if registered before race day
$20 on the day of the race


To reserve your spot in the late summer 2012 running of Barron's Lyndon Ellefson Memorial Half Marathon or 5K Run/Walk, register online at SignMeUp.com.

Official Race Website


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