La Crosse Marathon

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Join us on Sunday May 6, 2012, for the fourth annual La Crosse Marathon!

The Marathon and Half Marathon will start at 7:00AM sharp in Pettibone Park.

The Course
The marathon will start just outside of Pettibone Park. A short distance past the start, runners will turn into Pettibone Park running the perimeter of the park enjoying the great views of the Mississippi and downtown La Crosse. Upon exiting the park the course will cross the Cass Street Bridge, spanning the Mississippi River. Once in downtown La Crosse, the course will find its way into Riverside Park making a loop around the park, enjoying the views from the opposite bank of the Mississippi. Upon exiting Riverside Park the course will head south along the perimeter of the city. Runners will make a 1.5 mile round trip out and back trip down 7th Street before entering the Gundersen Lutheran walking trails. Continuing south through residential areas, the course will turn north using the trail under the Mormon Coulee Road viaduct. Heading north in the shadows of the bluffs, the runners will make a loop near State Road Elementary School to gain some additional miles before continuing north. After crossing Losey Blvd, the course will tour several neighborhoods, including Cass Street before finishing  at Myrick Park.  

The La Crosse Marathon is a USATF-certified course (WI-11008-DM). 

Registration opens at 12:01AM on Saturday, October 1, 2011.

  • Register online through Active.com
  • Register by mail: Downloadable registration form
    Print the registration form, and mail it to

    Festival Foods La Crosse Fitness Festival
    400 La Crosse Street
    La Crosse , WI 54601

  • Registered participants can transfer their race registration to another event. The Race Change Request Form must be filled out and submitted by April 30, 2012 to:

    Festival Foods La Crosse Fitness Festival
    400 La Crosse Street
    La Crosse , WI 54601
    • Participants will be expected to pay a $10 administrative fee for switching events, in addition to the difference between entry fees. If switching to a lower entry fee event, no refund will be made and the participant is still expected to pay a $10 administrative fee.
    • The entry fee is non-refundable or non-transferable to next year’s event.
  • Registration will close on April 30, 2012 and there will be extremely limited registration at the Packet Pick up and absolutely no registration on race day.

Entry Fees

Entry fees are non-refundable; race numbers and entries cannot be transferred to another person. Entry fee schedule:

  • $60 - on or before January 14, 2012
  • $70 - on or between January 15 - February 29, 2012
  • $80 - on or before April 30, 2012
  • $90 - at the Packet Pickup
  • View available discounts

All finishers will be awarded a high-quality finisher's t-shirt and a Festival Foods La Crosse Fitness Festival commemorative medal. An award ceremony will begin at 12:00PM near the finish line in Myrick Park. Trophies will be awarded to the top three men and top three women (based on gun time). In addition, age-group awards will be presented to the first three male and female finishers in the following age groups based on chip time.

  • 16-18
  • 19-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70 and over

Cell Phones, Headphones, and iPods
For reasons of safety, we strongly discourage runners from using any such devices during the race. If you feel that you must have one with you, please keep the volume low so that you can hear vehicular traffic, instructions from police or course marshals, and comments from nearby runners.

Because part of the marathon course is on unpaved bike trails this marathon may not be suitable for wheelchair competitors. For that reason we do not have a wheelchair division in the race, but any wheeler who wishes to participate in the marathon will be accommodated with a 6:55AM start.

If you cannot participate, the entry fee is not transferable and is not be applicable to next year's marathon. We will, however, upon written request be happy to provide you a t-shirt from the race. This shirt can be picked up after the race at the La Crosse City Hall (400 La Crosse St., La Crosse, WI 54601) in the Parks and Recreation Department. For a mailing and handling fee of $10, you can have a finisher's shirt mailed to your home. Send us the request via email or regular mail, including your name, street address, phone number, and t-shirt size.