Dances With Dirt Devil’s Lake Marathon, Half Marathon

Saturday, July 13, 2024 • Baraboo, WI • Course Map

Several hundred runners turn out each year for the annual summertime Dances With Dirt Devil’s Lake races, which feature a full, 26.2-mile marathon, a 13.1-mile half marathon, a 50-mile race for both individual entrants and relay teams, a 10K race and a 50K ultra race along the challenging hills and trails of southern Wisconsin’s Devil’s Lake State Park.

The routes for all of the event’s races are gorgeously scenic, as they take runners through this roughly 10,000-acre park’s hills and trails and feature views of high bluffs and cliffs, ponds and lakes, all within a short drive south of the nearby city of Baraboo (the original home of the Ringing Brothers circus), just south of the Baraboo River and north of Lake Wisconsin.

Runners in both the full marathon and the half marathon follow an out and back course that starts inside Devil’s Lake State Park just off County Highway, near the entrance to the Steinke Basin Loop.

Once out on the trails, runners will make their way through the Steinke Basin Loop, crossing County Road before continuing on the Johnson Moraine Trail, as well as along portions of the historic Ice Age Trail, which winds along 1,000 miles through the state and highlights how glaciers carved the landscape millions of years ago throughout this part of the country.

Runners will trek through a combination of stretches out in the open air and through the tree-covered woods, along which the trails may be narrow or more wide-open, depending on where they are in the park.

The trail will also take runners along the park’s South Bluff, which unfolds mostly along a downhill for the next mile or so and features gorgeous views of Devil’s Lake off to the west and the hills all around.

Once runners reach the mile 5 marker, however, the course starts climbing uphill again, over the course of a long ascent upwards for the next few miles into the area known as the Steinke Basin.

The course climbs uphill some more between miles 7 and 8, where there’s a smaller downhill and uphill, and then begins a steady descent as runners make their way back onto the Ice Age Trail, for the last stretch into the Steinke Basin Loop for the race finish.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the southern portion of Wisconsin, about an hour’s drive northwest from Madison, Baraboo typically experiences its warmest and wettest weather conditions of the year in July and August, on average.

On race day (July 13), the average low is 59ºF and the average high is 83ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Dances With Dirt Devil’s Lake Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 5:30 AM – 50-mile, 50K
  • 6:15 AM – full marathon
  • 7:00 AM – half marathon
  • 8:00 AM – 10K


  • $69 – $80 for the half marathon
  • $99 – $110 for the 50 mile ultra
  • $84 – $100 for the 50K
  • $79 – $95 for the full marathon
  • $49 – $55 for the 10K


To reserve your spot in the 2024 running of Baraboo’s Dances With Dirt Devil’s Lake Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 50K or 50-mile races, register online at the official race website below.

Official Race Website


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3 comments… add one
  • Jacqueline Kanekuni December 29, 2021, 11:40 am

    I registered for 2020 and it got cancelled and it was deferred to 2021 and i was not ready to risk so now I am ready to and would like to defer my registration to 2022. Is it possible?? please let me know

  • Becky April 30, 2018, 3:27 pm

    I am inquiring in regards to your July 14 event…wondering if you would be willing to cross-market our runs by placing our Fun Run brochure in your race bags. We would return the favor by placing your 2019 brochure in our race bags in September if that works.

    The race is St. Joseph’s ½ Marathon, 5K & 10K Fun Run/Walk and will be held Saturday, September 1, 2018. It is a fundraiser to help support the programs and services of Gundersen St Joseph’s Hospital and Clinics and the communities it serves.


  • Jeremy Starr May 1, 2017, 9:14 am

    Good morning,
    I am contacting to see who I would have to talk to abut being refunded for the Half-Marathon July 8 at Dance with Dirt Devil Lakes, Wi. The reason I need to cancel and be refunded is I am now going to be on orders for the military during this time period. Thank you in advance for the assistance.


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