Kinni River Trout Trot Half Marathon, 20-Mile & 5K

Saturday, September 9, 2017 • River Falls, WI • Course Map

Set for its 6th annual running as summer is transitioning to fall here in this small western Wisconsin city along the banks of the Kinnickinnic River — often called the Kinni River for short — the Kinni River Trout Trot added the half marathon distance for the first time in 2011, after its first two years were run with 10K, 25K and 20-mile distances.

From the starting line at River Falls High School, runners in each of the three races will follow point-to-point course that winds through the city and finishes in Glen Park, which lies on West Park Street, just west of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus.

Along the way, this largely level course will be filled with rolling hills and flat stretches, and will be run on a combination of mostly paved roads through the city’s downtown and residential neighborhoods, as well as some stretches of park trails through Hoffman Park and Glen Park.

The only significant hills of the race occur between the mile 2 and 4 markers, as runners are heading through the trails that wind through Hoffman Park.

After runners make it through the park, most of the rest of the race is run on paved city streets and county roads just to the northwest of the city, with the exception of one last stretch of trail through Glen Park in the last three miles of the race.

Proceeds from the race go to help the locally based Our Neighbor’s Place homeless shelter pay off the remaining mortgage on its building.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled along the banks of the Kinnickinnic River in western Wisconsin, about 35 miles east of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., River Falls typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in September, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 23°F (in 1974) and as high as 95°F (in 1976).

On race day (Sept. 9), the average low is 49ºF and the average high is 74ºF.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Kinni River Trout Trot Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

7:30 AM


  • $30 – $65 for the half marathon
  • $35 – $70 for the 20-mile
  • $10 – $30 for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of River Falls’s Kinni River Trout Trot Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online here.

Official Race Website


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1 comment… add one
  • Lester Halstead September 4, 2017, 3:52 pm

    The course description above does not match the map. Does the half marathon start at the High School at 7:30? Does it finish at the high school. Can i pickup my packet the morning of the race? Please let me know.

    Thank you


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