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The City of La Crosse Parks and
Recreation Department is excited to present the NEW Festival
Foods Grandad Half Marathon. Formerly the Festival Foods La
Crosse Fitness Festival, this event will feature a half
marathon course which better highlights the fabulous scenery
and must-see landmarks of the Coulee Region. The new course
starts atop Grandad Bluff, 600 feet above La Crosse, and
finishes along the scenic Mississippi River in Riverside
Park. Festival Foods Grandad Half Marathon will continue the
popular events from previous years, including the Three
Rivers 5K Run/Walk, Riverside Youth Races, La Crosse Omnium,
and the Coulee Region Bike Tours. Changed from 2012, both
the half marathon and 5K will be held on Saturday, May 4th
and finish with a celebration in Riverside Park.
The 2013 event will continue to benefit the same great
charities including the St. Clare Health Mission, the Youth
Enrichment Association (Y.E.A), and Special Recreation of La
Crosse. These changes will further the event’s growth and
reputation as well as provide a fun, community event for the
La Crosse area.
Registration for running events and bike tours will open
November 1, 2012. For more information or to register for
any of the events, please visit
www.LaCrosseFitnessFestival.com. Updates to the website are
Update Regarding the Status of the Marathon
We know some of you really
enjoyed the marathon (and so did we!) but with the small
number of participants, and community inconvenience of road
closures, it became a necessary decision for us to cancel
the event. Our overall goal is to put on a successful event
with multiple activities for the La Crosse community that
focuses on healthy lifestyles and to ultimately raise money
for our charities. We want all of our participants to have a
great experience and with the awesome new half marathon
route we hope you consider taking in the breathtaking views
atop Grandad Bluff and running along the Mississippi River
to participate in the Festival Foods Grandad Half Marathon!
opens November 1st, 2012 for The 2013 Grandad Half
Registration for the 2013
Grandad half marathon opens up on November 1st, 2012.
Keep checking back here for more details coming soon!
Festival Foods La Crosse Fitness Festival to Present Charities with Donation Checks - 5/14/12
The 4th annual Festival Foods La Crosse Fitness Festival took place May 4-6, 2012. The Festival raised money for three local charities, the St. Clare Health Mission, Special Recreation of La Crosse and the Youth Enrichment Association. On Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 the Festival Foods La Crosse Fitness Festival will present the three beneficiaries with their donation checks. The presentation will be held at the Myrick Park Main Shelter (200 La Crosse St.) at 6:00pm.
The three day celebration welcomed both local residents and visitors from across the country to participate. There were over 4,000 participants in attendance throughout the weekend’s events, which included a half marathon, half marathon relay, 5K run/walk, youth races, bike tour, cycling time trial and cycling criterium.