Frequently Asked Questions
2013 Prairie du Chien Half Marathon
May 4, 2013
What is a Half-
A Half Marathon is a race consisting of 13.1 miles. A full marathon is 26.2 miles.
When and where will the race be held?
The race will be held Saturday, May 4, 2013, and will start and end on
St. Feriole Island. Half Marathon runners/walkers will start at 7:30 a.m., with
5K runners/walkers following at 7:45 a.m. The race will be held rain or shine.
Who can participate?
The race is open to runners and walkers of all ages, but we advise everyone to check with their health care professional before entering. Strollers, rollerblades, bicycles, and pets are not allowed on the Half Marathon course. Strollers are allowed on the 5K course. Written parental consent must be provided for any participant under the age of eighteen, and we ask that a parent or guardian be present for the event in case of emergency.
How do I register?
You can register online at Active.com (Click Here).
or register printing out a registration form
and mailing to P.O. Box 394, Prairie du Chien,
WI 53821. No refunds are allowed.(Click Here)
How do I train for a Half Marathon?
Training for a Half Marathon is simply done by building up your mileage
little by little over time. Whether you are a walker or a runner, you may
be able to accomplish more than you think you can! If you are regularly
walking and/or running, you may already be able to complete the course
easily. Training resources abound on the internet. Seek advice from your
health care professional and then research training plans to fit your level
to learn how you can accomplish your goals. You will find advice for the novice or
experienced runner or walker. Feel free to do a run/walk combination, too. Set your
own personal goals and strive to reach them!
What if I cannot finish?
First of all, do not worry if you cannot finish. Even the best racers in the
world have days when they cannot finish a race. The victory is in the trying!
But, if for some reason you feel you cannot finish, there will be volunteers
all along the route to help you and/or to contact medical help. The local
police and EMS will be on hand so should an emergency arise, it will be
handled quickly and professionally.
Will there be aid stations along the route?
Yes, we have several aid stations planned, and there will be several rest
room locations along the course. Each aid station will provide a sports drink
and water. Race finishers will be provided with bagels, bananas, sports
drinks, and other light snacks after the race.
How do I volunteer?
Visit the Volunteer page on the website and sign up. You will be contacted about
specific tasks needed. Please attend the Volunteer Training meeting to be held prior
to the event. (Watch your emails and our website for date and time.) There are many
opportunities for members of the community to support this exciting event as a volunteer.
Volunteer tasks include, but are not limited to helping with registration, data entry,
course preparation and clean-
Spectators are important volunteers!
Spectators are critical to the success of any race. People are needed to line
the race route and encourage race participants. Please come out and show
your support and cheer on the runners and walkers! Course maps will be available
at the race start and cheering spectators are an essential part of every race!
Will entrants receive race goodie bags and may I donate items for them?
Yes, entrants will receive race bags with t-
business is welcome to donate an item or a coupon to help promote their business.
We will need all donations by April 15.
For what is the entry fee used?
The entry fee helps cover the cost of the race. Any profits will be put directly
back into the race funds as seed money for the next year. We also are a sponsor of
the Prairie du Chien Youth Track Team and, we donate a small portion of the race
revenue to Ann’s Hope Foundation (www.annshope.org ), a non-
Does the race have any sponsors?
Yes, the race has sponsors, but we are actively seeking more to help cover costs
and to help expand the event in the future so it can continue to grow to become a
premier event in Southwestern Wisconsin. All donations are welcome. In-
What about Registration and Packet Pick-
Half Marathon registration is $45.00 before April 1 and $50.00 after April 1.
5K registration is $25.00 before April 1 and $30.00 after April 1. Race day
registrations are allowed. Racers may pick up race packets the evening
prior to the event.
Friday Packet Pick-
Prairie du Chien City Hall
214 East Blackhawk Avenue
Race Day Packet Pick-
Packet pickup and registration
will be available from 6:00-
at the race start at Balckhawk Avenue
and Villa Louis Road on St. Feriole
Will there be an Awards Ceremony?
Finisher medals will be given to all walkers and runners who complete the race.
An awards ceremony for runners will be held at 10:00 a.m. with medals awarded
to the 1st place male and female finishers overall. In addition, medals will be
awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female finishers in each age
category. Age groups will be 19 and under, 20-
up to 70 and above.
Will there be any Post-
We also encourage race participants to explore local tourism opportunities.
For tourism information visit www.prairieduchien.org.
How do I obtain more information or offer to volunteer?
You may email firstname.lastname@example.org for current updates or information.
What is a 5K?
A 5K is 3.1 miles.
How do I train for a 5K?
The first step to any training program is to consult your physician. Once
physical training is approved by your medical professional, training for a 5K
can be easy and fun. The key to any training program is to start slowly and
build gradually. Start walking or jogging a little each day and gradually build
your mileage to 3-
week. Pay close attention to proper nutrition and hydration, as well. For training tips and plans visit , , or .