Overall Rating
Overall Rating (69 Reviews)
4.9
(69 Ratings) 🏆 (69 Reviews)
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2.9
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
4.7
SWAG
4.2
The Eau Claire marathon course has always focused on emphasizing the beauty of the city, particularly its bridges and rivers, and the new start certainly embraces that!! When you stand on the Madison Street Bridge and look North and South, the view of the river is spectacular. From a runner … MORE
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    hperrault34 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Fun scenery with bridges, smile mile, musical mile, Blugold mile (run through the university). The course is not an out an back, but there are a few key areas for … MORE

    Fun scenery with bridges, smile mile, musical mile, Blugold mile (run through the university). The course is not an out an back, but there are a few key areas for spectators to be able to see their runners multiple times. Professionally produced with a hometown feel. T-shirts are super soft (I usually have to size up). Finisher medals are heavy duty.

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    GooseJuggler FIRST-TIMER '22

    I chose the Eau Claire Marathon for my first 10k - and was surprised it is also the race's first as well! I thought it was super smooth. Easy parking … MORE

    I chose the Eau Claire Marathon for my first 10k – and was surprised it is also the race’s first as well! I thought it was super smooth. Easy parking nearby, fun festival atmosphere for even the shorter races. Great aid stations if needed. Absolutely loved crossing all the bridges, but that first uphill is rough! Even for a shorter race, the course was lined with spectators cheering everyone on – that made it SO much fun! Thanks for a great time.

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    Tailhook007 FIRST-TIMER '22

    It was raining the day prior for packet pickup and the day of the race, but the turn out along the course was AMAZING! Such a supportive town. The course … MORE

    It was raining the day prior for packet pickup and the day of the race, but the turn out along the course was AMAZING! Such a supportive town. The course was beautiful with several crossings of the Chippewa River. If you’re looking for a small town race with great production, sign up for Eau Claire!

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    tschwamberger REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Eau Claire is such a fun town that caters to outdoor activities. Especially runners. The course was so great because it took you on some of their great River trails … MORE

    Eau Claire is such a fun town that caters to outdoor activities. Especially runners. The course was so great because it took you on some of their great River trails and the awesome bridges. I didn’t even mind the hill early on in the course. I also appreciated it finishing by the farmers market this year. It was so easy to get in and out of after the race. My family also had an easy time getting to different parts of the course to cheer me on.

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    flauwers REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This race brings all of the feeling of a small town race, but some of the perks of a well organized and large event. This year it rained the entire … MORE

    This race brings all of the feeling of a small town race, but some of the perks of a well organized and large event.

    This year it rained the entire weekend (outdoor expo and race pre/post events) therefore runners were really working to keep spirits up. This did not stop organizers from showering each runner with love and excitement for the weekend. With this being said, typically the expo has a ton of vendors and people really embrace this. I don’t know if it was the rain/weather but it just didn’t have the expo turnout in the past.

    The swag is ALWAYS some of my favorite pieces! The race shirts have always been my go to for athletic wear. The swag store has new trendy and unique items every year.

    I raced the half marathon (and have raced or ran training runs on this route 10+ times in the past). The race route is a bit tough- hard to call it a speedy PR course. There are a series of hills, switchbacks, and sharp curves in the first few miles that make it hard to build your momentum in those crucial few miles. With that being said, if you want to PR on this course it is still totally possible. I have not ran the EC marathon so I could not attest to that route.

    This race is extremely well organized. There is water/aid where it is needed, the flow is outstanding, and post race is well planned out. Everything about race day flows and allows runners to focus on what they do best (CRUSH THAT RACE).

    Highly recommend for first timers, or returning racers! Great time of the year if marathoners are looking for a good tune up race for a spring marathon.

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    Lily_Emmanuel FIRST-TIMER '22

    This race was so much fun! Unfortunately this year the weather was not on our side but everyone made the best of it. I came from out of state and … MORE

    This race was so much fun! Unfortunately this year the weather was not on our side but everyone made the best of it. I came from out of state and it was a great way to see the town. Even though it was cloudy and cold it was still really pretty and I loved running across all of the bridges and rivers. The aid stations were decorated with balloons and there were funny and encouraging signs through the whole course. There were so many people cheering us on and everyone was so friendly. I definitely want to do it again!!

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    jmyhre REPEAT RUNNER '22

    A beautiful scenic and well supported marathon route which includes a total of 11 river bridge crossings. The aesthetics of this route invigorates your running experience. A highly recommended marathon … MORE

    A beautiful scenic and well supported marathon route which includes a total of 11 river bridge crossings. The aesthetics of this route invigorates your running experience. A highly recommended marathon for those who want to experience Wisconsin’s natural beauty!

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    seichterok FIRST-TIMER '22

    The EC Half Marathon was amazing! Great spectator spots, excellent race gear, great tshirts, and just a fantastic experience! So much cheering and excitement the whole weekend! MORE

    The EC Half Marathon was amazing! Great spectator spots, excellent race gear, great tshirts, and just a fantastic experience! So much cheering and excitement the whole weekend!

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    bkmoline FIRST-TIMER '22

    See my full race report below. A few things that stand out: * Very nice course with good variety. A nice mix of neighborhoods, parks and bike paths. * One … MORE

    See my full race report below. A few things that stand out:
    * Very nice course with good variety. A nice mix of neighborhoods, parks and bike paths.
    * One tough stretch of about two miles that was an out-and-back on a muddy gravel road. Challenging in the wet weather.
    * Loved the starting area near Phoenix Park. The finish line was a little congested.
    * I would definitely recommend this race for anyone looking for a PR and/or a Boston qualifying time.

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    Michael_Walentiny REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Corse was awesome with crowd support and it was a really fun time. Enjoyed the ways races were spread out and all finished together. Looking forward to next year. MORE

    Corse was awesome with crowd support and it was a really fun time. Enjoyed the ways races were spread out and all finished together. Looking forward to next year.

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    chestine21 FIRST-TIMER '22

    Eau Claire is a smallish town about 90 minutes east of the Twin Cities. There were many inexpensive hotel options just a few short blocks from the start/finish. Packet pickup … MORE

    Eau Claire is a smallish town about 90 minutes east of the Twin Cities. There were many inexpensive hotel options just a few short blocks from the start/finish. Packet pickup is available on race day morning! If you’re busy with home life and traveling for races with complicated logistics are tough for you, this is your race! I drove up late Saturday night got a cheap room for less than $100, woke up walked to the start area collected my bib and then just waited around as it was just that easy, no shuttles, no busy crowded corrals. Plenty of bathrooms with super short lines. Also it was raining a bit this morning as the start chute was covered so there was not getting drenched while waiting for the race to begin. There was a good number of pacers for the popular goal times. I started with one and it wasn’t overly crowded, I fell off the pace after a few miles but I was never running alone at any point of the race. There were a few moderate hills, one hairpin turn but there is no reason a well trained runner couldn’t set a PR or BQ on this course. The finish area is awesome, it finishes in downtown Eau Claire with plenty of bars, restaurants and hotels just steps away from the finish area. I’ve run Grandmas 3x and I gotta say if faced with a choice of one or the other, I would pick Eau Claire and not lose any sleep over it. A hidden gem of a spring Midwest race, can’t wait to run it again!

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    Kristen_Irwin REPEAT RUNNER '22

    I ran my first half marathon in 2019 at the Eau Claire marathon. I’ve done numerous other races races prior to and after, and this is still by far the … MORE

    I ran my first half marathon in 2019 at the Eau Claire marathon. I’ve done numerous other races races prior to and after, and this is still by far the best one I’ve done.

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    leannes12 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    The Eau Claire Half-Marathon is an all-time favorite! I’m an out-of-towner that keeps returning, year after year. First of all, the entire town comes out to cheer and volunteer. The … MORE

    The Eau Claire Half-Marathon is an all-time favorite! I’m an out-of-towner that keeps returning, year after year.

    First of all, the entire town comes out to cheer and volunteer. The energy from the crowds is what makes this race so fun. Just when you can’t imagine it getting any better, you run through the blue/gold mile -the EW-Eau Claire campus. You are greeted by the marching band, and students cheering and handing out high fives.

    The scenery of the race is gorgeous. The route takes runners over many beautiful bridges.

    Organization of the race is always top notch. The ease of packet pickup, quality of the race swag, number of toilets, and the number of water stations are all bonuses.

    I definitely plan to keep running Eau Claire! #runeauclaire

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    lucky13666 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This race is beautiful, scenery, spectators, post race beverages and entertainment. I've race this race 11 straight years and I'll keep coming back until I can't run MORE

    This race is beautiful, scenery, spectators, post race beverages and entertainment. I’ve race this race 11 straight years and I’ll keep coming back until I can’t run

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    obriene2 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    If your a first runner or a repetitive runner this is one of my favorites to run, the atmosphere and the people that are involved , the 12 mile is … MORE

    If your a first runner or a repetitive runner this is one of my favorites to run, the atmosphere and the people that are involved , the 12 mile is one of my favorites because everyone is cheering you on to motivate to the finish

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    stankinator22 FIRST-TIMER '22

    I decided to sign up for this run on a whim and I hadn’t run a timed race in 5.5 years. I was SO excited! I headed to Phoenix Park … MORE

    I decided to sign up for this run on a whim and I hadn’t run a timed race in 5.5 years. I was SO excited! I headed to Phoenix Park and everyone working was so nice and helpful. Next you can get the NICEST apparel (living in mine since race weekend) and the sense of community is so strong.

    then it was finally race time
    1. loved the starting line atmosphere! everyone was so excited. beautiful weather.
    2. the scenery is OUTSTANDING. you couldn’t have picked a better view to run past.
    3. the course had a few up and down hills so enough to challenge you but not burn you out in the first half mile.
    4. the finish line: the whole crowd was excited and I felt so so happy with my race! the sweetest lady offered me chocolate milk and they gave you a goodie bag with snacks and water and then you got your medal!

    overall this was an incredible first experience getting back into running and participating in an event like this

    PLUS you get a nice little plaque if you place in your age catergory!

    I will 1000% without a doubt be returning next year!!!

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    rebeccaalamb FIRST-TIMER '22

    The course is easy to follow with friendly volunteers. It is very spectator friendly and the app is awesome to follow your favorite runner. There are beautiful views as you … MORE

    The course is easy to follow with friendly volunteers. It is very spectator friendly and the app is awesome to follow your favorite runner. There are beautiful views as you run around Eau Claire and over the river. It is a challenging course with a few hills. Great swag is included!

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    j-wow FIRST-TIMER '22

    Chose this half marathon because the write-up said we’d cross eight bridges. It HAD to be a beautiful course, right?!? The scenery did not disappoint! This and all the cheering … MORE

    Chose this half marathon because the write-up said we’d cross eight bridges. It HAD to be a beautiful course, right?!? The scenery did not disappoint! This and all the cheering spectators along the course made the miles fly by. The course elevation was well-balanced, and only had a couple bigger (but manageable) hills. It was raining and super windy at the end, so I was sad I didn’t get to stick around to take pictures or enjoy post-race festivities. Finish line was awesome! Race swag was minimal (a race t-shirt and finisher medal). The expo was small, yet easy to get to. Would definitely come back to Eau Claire to run this again…in better weather!

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    emelia.pitlick FIRST-TIMER '22

    I don't give out many 5 overall ratings, but this race deserves it! The course had just enough elevation variation- no crazy hills up or down. There were tons of … MORE

    I don’t give out many 5 overall ratings, but this race deserves it! The course had just enough elevation variation- no crazy hills up or down. There were tons of volunteers and spectators despite the cold and rainy weather! The route is very scenic- lots of river crossings and cute little neighborhoods. For a small town like Eau Claire, they really did a great job organizing, communicating and supporting the runners. I only wish the shirt was a technical shirt, but the cotton is very soft. 🙂

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    todd17406 FIRST-TIMER '22

    Pros- very good pre-race communication. Packet Pickup easy and well organized. It was outside in a park setting and the weather was raw, rainy and windy, so felt for the … MORE

    Pros- very good pre-race communication. Packet Pickup easy and well organized. It was outside in a park setting and the weather was raw, rainy and windy, so felt for the volunteers. Enjoyed the course (apparently there were some changes this year. ‘2022’) . Course: even though there were two challenging climbs at 13 then 16 , runners are rewarded with a nice net downhill from 17-26.2. Because of this, I’d rank it as an overall fast type of marathon. Cons- not important to me, but swag was the bare minimum… a single T-shirt, plus the finisher medal.Awards: don’t know if they had any? If so, I never found them, but 47 degrees and rain, post 26.2 miles, will limit the search . I spoke with another runner who didn’t find the results area either. Overall though, happy with this one for Wisconsin.

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