Saturday, May 6, 2017 • Prairie du Chien, WI • Course Map
A few hundred runners and walkers cross the finish line each spring at the Prairie du Chien Half Marathon & 5K, a 13.1-mile road race that takes runners through the city streets and along portions of the riverfront through this often gorgeously scenic small town set on the stretch of the Mississippi River that borders Iowa in southwestern Wisconsin.
Participants get ample views of the local scenery, including the bluffs along the river, the architecture of the quaint downtown neighborhoods, and several sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
As one of Wisconsin’s newer running events, the Prairie du Chen race fields a relatively small group of participants, which makes for a generally more intimate and friendly feel for those running the race as well as the volunteers along the course.
From the starting line on St. Feriole Island just across the water from downtown Prairie du Chien, the course follows an out-and-back loop course along the river and through the city, passing by local historic landmarks like the Villa Louis Historic Site, the Rock Building and Mulrooney Park.
There are also two out-and-back stretches with turnaround points, at about the 4.5-mile and 6-mile points in the race.
Both the half marathon and the 5K are open to both runners and walkers, and some proceeds from the race go to support a pair of nonprofit organizations: Ann’s Hope Foundation, which is focused on fighting melanoma, and the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit that serves veterans around the country.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along a bend in the Mississippi River in the state’s southwestern corner, the town of Prairie du Chien typically sees mild to moderately warm weather conditions in the mid-spring season, with occasional wet weather — May is the city’s third-wettest month of the year.
On race day (May 6), the average low is 44ºF and the average high is 67ºF.
- 2015 Prairie du Chien Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Prairie du Chien Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Prairie du Chien Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Prairie du Chien Half Marathon Results
- 7:30 AM – half marathon
- 7:45 AM – 5K
See race website
To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of the Prairie du Chien Half Marathon or 5K race, visit the event website here.
Official Race Website
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