Jailbreak Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

Saturday, September 28, 2024 • Wautoma, WICourse Map

More than 500 runners and walkers take to the streets of this small central Wisconsin town every year for the Waushara County Crime Stoppers Jailbreak Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk, to which organizers say they invite runners “of every stripe” to take part in this benefit for the Waushara County Crime Stoppers, a local nonprofit devoted to public safety and combating crime.

Known for its friendly, small-town comforts, Wautoma is home to about 2,000 residents and is a popular regional destination for its crystal clear streams, rivers and forests — which reportedly offer ample fishing and hunting in the warm weather — and its hills and trails, which draw cross-country skiers and snowmobilers in the winter.

Like the full marathon and the 5K, the half marathon starts at the city’s Waushara County Fair Grounds on South Fair Street. From there, runners follow what is roughly a clockwise loop route through areas south of town, with some moderate hills in the 13.1-mile course’s first three miles and a mostly flat course thereafter, with only mild rolling hills during the rest of the race.

Runners leave the starting line for the half marathon and first head north along Fair Street to Division Street, where they turn right and head eastward until they reach Sandcrest Avenue, where they turn right and head south.

These first couple of miles take runners through the town’s streets around and past the fairgrounds, and then head out into the rural areas south of Wautoma, where runners can expect to see wide-open green farm fields along the tree-lined country roads.

The next few miles take runners along Cottonville Lane, 19th Avenue and then onto White River Road, where runners start the second half of the race alongside the winding waters of the White River.

The course here starts its march northward through the second half of the race back toward town, including a stretch past the Wautoma Municipal Airport before taking runners back to the fairgrounds for the finish.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in central eastern Wisconsin, just over 120 miles northwest of Milwaukee, the city of Wautoma typically experiences mild to warm weather in the early fall season, with just over 3.6 inches of rain on average in September.

On race day (Sep. 28), the average low is 45ºF and the average high is 65ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Jailbreak Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 6:30 AM – full marathon early start
  • 7:30 AM – half marathon, full marathon
  • 8:30 AM – 10K, 5K


  • $55 – $80 for the half marathon
  • $65 – $100 for the full marathon
  • $35 – $45 for the 10K
  • $25 – $35 for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the 2024 running of Wautoma’s Jailbreak Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K or 5K, register online at RunSignUp.com here.

Official Race Website



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1 comment… add one
  • Brandon January 19, 2017, 1:01 pm

    Do you receive a medal at the end of the half marathon?


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