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Race Dates

2018: Saturday, May 5, 2018
2017: Saturday, May 6, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Mostly Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 50°F (10°C)
Average High: 59°F (15°C)
Average Low: 40° F (4°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.47
Course Score: 99.47

Race Size

2017: 549 Finishers
2016: 674 Finishers
2015: 760 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 12.8%
2016: 8.2%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

Typically cool race day weather and a flat course make the Wisconsin Marathon one of the fastest mid-Spring marathons. A good choice for those seeking PRs and BQs.

The marathon and half marathon course share the same roads thru 11.5 miles. The course travels through downtown Kenosha and past area parks and beaches before the marathoners split off and travel into the Village of Pleasant Prairie.

The course is very flat, with only a few, gradual, rolling hills coming from miles five through ten.

Marathon Rankings

The Wisconsin Marathon was the 130th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 116th largest in 2016.

Last year 12.8% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 8.2% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Wisconsin Marathon the 140th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 272nd highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 99.47 ranks it as the 103rd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest course in Wisconsin.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Wisconsin Marathon a PR Score of 99.47. This PR Score ranks it as the 67th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in Wisconsin.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 611 feet (186m)
Min Elevation: 574 feet (175m)


Recent Wisconsin Marathon Reviews

3 Stars from 5 Reviews
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review of 2017 Wisconsin Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


The course is pretty. A lot of miles next to Lake Michigan. However with the lake, it comes with wind. The 2017 Marathon compared to 2016 had much less wind. But the last 6 miles still felt very windy.

Race Tips

Mile 10-20 for sure the best strech of the course. Seems the final distance was longer than the actual 26.2. Both my running app and Garman telling me I finished the race ahead of the actual finish line.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Parking is kind confusing. It seems you can only park along the side street. We arrived one hour before the race, it was not difficult finding a parking space. There are parking lots but no signs about you can't park there. But apparently you can't.

review of 2017 Wisconsin Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars


Pros: The course was well marked and the volunteers were great.

Cons: I feel like this was a budget race. There was no expo, no pacers, no age group awards. The food choices at the end were mini bagels, cheese, water, or a granola bar. I've never been to a race (even very small 5k's) with so little post race food. You could also get a brat and beer with the tab from you bib (the beer was served in a cup the size of a water cup).

Race Tips

The course wasn't bad but it looped around too many times for my taste. If it's windy (which is was in 2017), you are running the last 6 miles or so straight into the wind.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I stayed at Country Inn & Suites and was really happy with the hotel. They provided late check-out and put breakfast out early for the runners. There was plenty of parking on the streets before the race.

review of 2017 Wisconsin Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


I liked running through downtown Kenosha. However, I did not like running for so long on a dirt road and the wind off the lake was absolutely hellacious for 16 out of the 26.2 miles.

Race Tips

Although I finished within my goal time, my pacing was too fast in the beginning. I don't like when they put half-marathon runners with marathon runners. It throws off the pace. The course is pretty flat but expect it to be windy because you're running right on the edge of the lake for most of it.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I live fairly locally so hotel and restaurant were not necessary.

review of 2017 Wisconsin Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


The course was okay, the sights were really nice but the long stretch of dirt road bruised up my feet a bit and the wind off the lake was out of control. Like really out of control. It made pacing really challenging. That being said, I finished with an okay time because it was very flat.

Race Tips

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2012 Wisconsin Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Very flat, smaller fun race. Along Lake Michigan gives runners nice views but also wind. They had an outdoor gear check which is not a good idea when it rains like it did this year. Great race marshalls at every intersection.

Race Tips

Parking is nearby and since race is smaller you don't need to arrive 2 hours early.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I camped about 20 miles away but the host hotel (where the packet pick-up was)is very close.

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