Your starting line for adventure
One of the best ways to experience Wisconsin’s outdoor beauty while staying active is to participate in one of the state’s many running, walking and biking events. These races take place every weekend in some of Wisconsin’s most beautiful getaway spots. Active vacationers will find scenic marathons and triathlons as well as shorter events for those who want a complete race experience with a little less of a challenge.
Here’s a guide to destination races in Wisconsin and a few you should check out this season.
Consider your options
There are interesting events happening all over the state. Explore race calendars online—just pick a destination and you’re sure to find an upcoming race. If you don’t have a destination in mind, browse all the upcoming events in Wisconsin for some vacation inspiration. See our event calendar here.
Bring some friends
Events can be a great excuse to take a getaway with friends, and races are even more fun when you’re lining up with a friend or family member. Race together or place a friendly wager on who finishes first! But no matter who wins, be sure to get a great photo together at the finish!
Save time to explore
There’s nothing like spending a weekend relaxing after a race, so don’t even think about jumping in the car and heading home! Enjoy a hearty post-race meal and beverage. Or spend some time relaxing on the water, exploring a woodland trail or chilling out in a hammock. You’ve earned it!
Pick a scenic race
Some of best destination races are in the heart of Wisconsin’s most beautiful places. These races will take you down woodland trails and on scenic rural roads. They pass (and sometimes cross) sparkling Wisconsin lakes. And the finish lines are near great lodging options and lively attractions.
Here are a few of our favorite races:
Get Your K’s On, Oneida County, April 28
Minocqua in Oneida County has a lively downtown that tempts travelers with ice cream shops and candy and fudge stores. Call it race fuel. Every year the local Kiwanis Club puts on this family-friendly race that’s perfect for people looking for a shorter event in a prime vacation spot. This sweet local run/walk event features a 5-kilometer route or a 10-kilometer route, as well as a shorter race for kids.
Journeys Marathon, Vilas County, May 11
When you line up for this marathon, you’ll know you’re in no ordinary race. The start line is on one of the state’s most beautiful designated rustic roads—County Highway K. The point-to-point, rolling course travels through the forest, picking up half-marathoners and long-distance power walkers at the midway point. Everyone finishes at the same place in the heart of Eagle River.
This unique event in Boulder Junction has been around since 2015 and is fast becoming a Northwoods favorite. It’s not an ordinary triathlon—the race features a 3-kilometer canoe/kayak/stand-up paddleboard course on Boulder Lake, a 22-kilometer bike ride on Boulder Junction’s paved rustic roads and a 6-kilometer run along scenic county roads and a beautiful forest trail. You can do the event solo, as part of a two-person team or in a relay. The race is a great way to experience the beautiful lakes and waters of Boulder Junction.