Fox Cities Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay & 5K

Sunday, September 20, 2020 • Appleton, WI • Course Map

More than 4,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair competitors cross the finish line each year at Appleton’s Community First Fox Cities Marathon & Half Marathon Festival of Races, with more than 2,500 of those runners and walkers taking part in the half-marathon race alone.

Ranked year after year by The Ultimate Guide to Marathons book as one of the midwest’s best marathon and half marathon races, this event takes runners and walkers on a course that features a number of hills but also takes runners on an overall slightly downhill course — at the start, the elevation is roughly 810 feet above sea level and by the time participants reach the finish line, the course has dropped to an elevation of about 750 feet above sea level.

The race takes runners through Appleton, Wisconsin, a town of about 70,000 people that lies in the heart of the state’s Fox River Valley and is home to the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, where both the full and half marathons start.

From there, runners follow the half-marathon route along city streets including Midway Road, Telulah Avenue and Sylvan Ave, along the early part of the course that takes runners past green open spaces like Woodland Park.

After making the turn onto Olde Midway Rd, the course turns onto Lakeshore Dr, followed by a straightaway onto Tayco Rd leading runners to the Friendship Trail Bridge.

Runners continue to follow the trail until they take a turn onto N Lake St and head around Arrowhead park, before meeting up with E Columbian Ave and heading to the finish in Riverside Park.

Rather than a single-day event, the Fox Cities Marathon is actually a three-day series of running events, with half-mile and quarter-mile races for kids on Friday, followed by the 5K race on Saturday morning.

The full and half marathons take place on Sunday morning, with scheduled starting times of 7:00 AM for the full marathon and the half marathon (officially titled the ThedaCare Half Marathon).

All photos courtesy Fox Cities Marathon

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the eastern part of the state, about an hour’s drive west from Lake Michigan and nearly two hours north from Milwaukee, Appleton typically experiences mild to moderately cool weather conditions as the seasons are changing from late summer to early fall.

On race day (Sept. 20), the average low is 49ºF and the average high is 68ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Fox Cities Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 7:00 AM – half marathon, full marathon
  • 7:05 AM – competitive walk


  • $65 – $125 for the half marathon
  • $75 – $135 for the full marathon
  • $20 – $30 for the 5K
  • $200 – $280 for the marathon relay


To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of the Community First Fox Cities Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay or 5K race, visit the event website below.

Official Race Website

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1 comment… add one
  • Ellie September 18, 2019, 2:14 pm

    We want to be at the finish line for family members finishing the full marathon . . . where do we need to be?


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