Running in Wisconsin at the Eagle Chase Half

Running in Wisconsin at the Eagle Chase Half

The Hubs and I completed our 5th state half-marathon by running in Wisconsin’s Eagle Chase Half in Sauk City. I was excited to run this half because I really love this state. We have spent many years coming up with the kids for vacations and now we were heading north to run it!

Running in Wisconsin at the Eagle Chase HalfWe stayed 30 minutes north of Sauk City in Wisconsin Dells. We had a gorgeous view outside our patio door at the Wilderness Resort.

Running in Wisconsin at the Eagle Chase HalfWe arrived 2 days prior to the race. That way we could enjoy the area and get there early enough to pick up our packets the day before the race.

We spent our first day enjoying breakfast with a lumberjack at Paul Bunyan’s!

Running in Wisconsin at the Eagle Chase HalfThen shopping for our pre-race food: Bagels, pretzels, peanut butter and bananas.

Running in Wisconsin at the Eagle Chase HalfYou could pick up your packet on Friday or on race-day. We wanted to see how long it was going to take us to get to the start so we drove down on Friday.

Packets were in a cute little park called, August Derleth Park. Everything was very organized with tons of volunteers. We picked up our bibs, a bag of goodies and our blankets.

Running in Wisconsin at the Eagle Chase Half

After meeting the Fire on the River co-chair, John Ramthun, we went on a search for some food in Sauk City. We we’re going to eat at The Windmill Pizzeria because it was recommended to us. But it ended up being closed because they were moving to a new location. So we found a cute restaurant called Green Acres. It looked like we were in the country so we thought, “why not!”

They had the best salad bar with the most delicious Wisconsin cheese! Then we carbed up with a big bowl of pasta!

Running in Wisconsin at the Eagle Chase HalfIt was an early night for us because the race started at 7am. After setting out our running clothes, we hit the hay for a 4:30 wake-up call.

The morning drive was an easy 30 minute ride with absolutely no traffic. And look at this beautiful morning! 57 degrees at the start made for perfect running weather.

Running in Wisconsin at the Eagle Chase Half250 runners running the half, a 10K or 5K started all together between 2 fire-blowing devices that exploded as we ran between them. Don’t worry–it was totally safe and we can now say “we ran through the fire” at the start of a race.

Running in Wisconsin at the Eagle Chase HalfThere were police, bike volunteers and a water table at every 2 miles or less! The whole town seemed to support the race. It’s funny the difference between running a big race in Chicago compared to a community race. It was much quieter here with people out cooking breakfast on grills or sitting in lawn chairs, drinking coffee and clapping for us.

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The beginning of the course ran through some of the cutest neighborhoods with manicured lawns and flags everywhere. Then we were on a paved trail that had some of the most scenic views of valleys and hills in the distance. The Hubs and I stayed together through most of the race and enjoyed the beauty.

Running in Wisconsin at the Eagle Chase HalfThe paved trail course lead to a loose gravel trail up a very steep hill. We thought it was funny that the hill was near a hospital. Luckily neither one of us needed the hospital’s help.

Running in Wisconsin at the Eagle Chase HalfIt felt good to see mile 7 for me. That has got to be my favorite mile during a half. It signals to me that there are more miles behind me then in front of me. Duane likes mile 10. To him, it’s only a 5K to the finish after that!

As we headed back toward the river we were running along some really sweet trails with gorgeous water views, bridges and SHADE!

Running in Wisconsin at the Eagle Chase HalfAt mile 10 we were running an out-and-back that had signs that read “Beware of Cow Crossings.” We were now deep in farm land and all I could think about during this part of the run was we are definitely taking our shoes off before we get in the truck!

Running in Wisconsin at the Eagle Chase HalfOnce we hit mile 11, I was getting a little hot and tired and was ready for some pancakes! Yup, I knew pancakes were waiting for me so I told Duane “see you at the finish” and finished up at my own pace.

At the finish I was given this cool medal and a nice congratulations.

Running in Wisconsin at the Eagle Chase HalfA table of bagels, bananas and Culver’s lemon ice was waiting for me. Yum!

Running in Wisconsin at the Eagle Chase HalfI watched the Hubs finish strong…

Running in Wisconsin at the Eagle Chase HalfAnd then we sat and enjoyed some pancakes along with various refreshments.

Running in Wisconsin at the Eagle Chase HalfThis race had a little of everything–trails, community, scenery, rivers and PANCAKES! Oh and did I mention a couple of hills?

Running in Wisconsin at the Eagle Chase HalfRACE TIPS:

  • Pick up your packet the day before the race. It helps you scout out parking and the start of the race.
  • Read the course map. We didn’t realize the end of the race was at a different location. Rookie mistake! And we weren’t the only ones. Runners had to go back to their cars at the start to get their money. Luckily the Hubs always carries a couple of twenties for emergencies.
  • In case you forget your Bodyglide (like I did), use deodorant! It worked great for me!
  • Pack $6.00 a person for the pancakes. They were delicious! Plus any money they make goes directly to the 6:8 Sauk Prairie Against Hunger Pack Event where they pack food for global hunger relief. Over the past 4 years most of the food packed in Sauk Prairie has gone to Haiti. Some of this food feeds those at Anchored in Hope as they are given jobs to support their families.

The blankets came in handy for our 4th of July firework watching.

Running in Wisconsin at the Eagle Chase Half

The rest of our weekend involved a lot of soaking in the sun, floating in a lazy river, napping on a lawn chair and eating.

Running in Wisconsin at the Eagle Chase Half

Thank you for sponsoring me Eagle Chase!

You did a fantastic job for your very first race! You created a wonderful memory for my Husband and I. And we love the meaning behind the medal.

Running in Wisconsin at the Eagle Chase Half

“We would like to say thank you for your support!!! The making of these medals employed 7 Haitian men for a month! That provided them with the means to provide for their families and put food in their children’s mouths. It may sound simple, but jobs and employment are hard to come by in Haiti, especially these days. I wish I could tell you how many times these guys have asked me if I had more work to give! I always had to say no not yet, but then with this order of the medals we were able to pay these men for the beautiful work that they did. Not only do you get an amazingly awesome medal, but you are providing jobs for men who can provide for their families with dignity. Thank you for partnering with us to better the lives of these Haitians.”
                                        Jessica Burmester with Anchored in Hope in Haiti

State number 5 is done! What should be our next state run?

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12 Responses to Running in Wisconsin at the Eagle Chase Half

  1. Laura says:

    This looks like a really fun race! I may have to give it a try next year (I love all things Wisconsin). Also – Culvers is SO GOOD! Congrats!

  2. Jerry Bauer says:

    Congrats on #5. You’re just a couple of states behind us.

    • Mary Jo says:

      Whoo hoo!50 states here we come! Which states have you done Jerry?

      • Jerry B says:

        WI, IA, IL, IN, TN, FL, UT and in 4 weeks we will add 2 Oregon HM’s.

      • Jerry B says:

        WI, IA, IL, IN, TN, FL, UT and in 4 weeks we will add 2 Oregon HM’s.

        • Mary Jo says:

          Nice Jerry. Can I ask which one you did in Florida. I’m always looking for suggestions for Duane and I.

          • Jerry B says:

            It was the Miami Beach Michelob Ultra. Starts and ends in South Beach. Fun race but not too many spectators since most of the race is over Biscayne Bay.. Stayed there for a long weekend and then took a 5 day cruise. Worked out well for us. BTW, we are planning to run the Grand Rapids HM in October so we can check off Michigan and a few more breweries.

  3. Janette says:

    Wow, that seemed like such an awesome trip!!! Be very adventurous fo rthe next one!!! Can’t wait! Miss you guys.

  4. Pete B says:

    Congrats! I want to go to Paul Bunyan’s now!

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