Eisenbahn Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon & 5K

Saturday, April 28, 2018 • West Bend, WICourse Map

Stretching about 25 miles from the town of Eden southward to the city of West Bend here in southeastern Wisconsin, the former railroad corridor now known as the Eisenbahn Trail serves as the race route for the Adrenaline Marathon on the Eisenbahn Trail, which takes runners off the roadways and unfolds through the green landscapes of the state’s Kettle Moraine State Forest.

Now a popular trail for runners, walkers, hikers, cyclists and in-line skating, the Eisenbahn — named for the German word for “railroad,” in a nod both to its roots as a transportation corridor as well as to the area’s German heritage — also is open at various points to snowmobiles and winter all-terrain vehicles, and is made up of crushed limestone screenings for most of its 25 miles, with the exception of the lower 5 miles of the trail from Northwestern Avenue in West Bend to the trail’s southern head, which is paved.

Runners in all three races follow an out-and-back course that starts and finishes in downtown West Bend, and heads out onto the Eisenbahn Trail from there. The half marathon turnaround point will be where the starting line for the half was last year, in the town of Kewaskum, along Auburn Ashford Road.

Along the half marathon route, which leaves the starting line on Auburn Ashford Road and then turns onto Moraine Court before heading onto the Eisenbahn Trail, runners will make their way through long stretches of rural farmlands and meadows, cross creeks and run through downtown West Bend on their way toward the finish line at the YMCA.

The elevation change for the race follows what is basically a long, slow and gradual descent from the start to the finish line, one that runners probably won’t even notice along the half marathon’s 13.1 miles, as the starting line area lies at just over 1,000 feet above sea level, while the finish line lies at about 900 feet.

Throughout most of the course, runners can expect to run over terrain made up of limestone screenings, with only the final few miles of the course run on paved asphalt surfaces.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in Wisconsin’s southeastern corner, just miles from the shore of Lake Michigan and about 40 miles northwest of Milwaukee, West Bend typically sees cold to mild weather in April, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 2 degrees (in 1982) and as high as 88 degrees (in 2002).

On race day (April 28), the average low is 38ºF and the average high is 58ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Eisenbahn Trail Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 8:00 AM – half marathon
  • 8:10 AM – quarter marathon
  • 8:20 AM – 5K


  • $60 – $75 for the half marathon
  • $35 – $50 for the quarter marathon
  • $25 – $35 for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of West Bend’s Eisenbahn Marathon, Half Marathon or Quarter Marathon race, register online at RunSignUp.com here.

Official Race Website



Ever run in the Adrenaline Races Half Marathon on the Eisenbahn Trail? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments below.

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2 comments… add one
  • john brophy March 25, 2016, 11:02 am

    would like your advice on the following. I am 77 and completed the 1/2 Eisenbahn last year. I walkede most of it, in fact almost all of it, and waslast or nearly last. Now my question. I wouldlike to do the full marathon, walking, at a likely time of 7 hours. I do 15-18 miles in the Kettle Moraine monthly and would like the Eisenbahn to close out my marathon career at over 30 completed. On the other hand I don’t want to keepsome of your volunteers occupied solely to see me finish. Please advise. John Brophy Jbropho@hotmail.com

    • Greg February 26, 2018, 4:53 pm

      Start earlier 🙂 volunteer near C-port see ya


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