I created this event for
two reasons: as a distance runner, I wanted to help out a fellow local
runner who had a tragic accident and secondly, I want to get more
runners to share the special place that I have been running for the past
three decades. Lapham Peak is one of my favorite places to run because
of its beauty, challenging hills, wildlife and the closeness to the
environment it offers. Lapham Peak holds a special place in my heart and
I want to share with others. I hope you enjoy the trail and the event!
The start and
finish line for all races is the trail head at the Evergreen Grove
parking lot. This is a great place for spectators and runners for the
marathon and half-marathon, runners will pass this area each loop.
Friends and spectators can walk up the road to the Homestead Hollow
parking lot where there will be an aid station (roughly a half-mile) and
this is a little over halfway for the runners on the black loop/moraine
The course is great for spectators, as they
do not have to jump in their car and drive to different locations. Just
park and walk.
Marathon & Half-Marathon Course Review
marathon course will be 4 loops of the black loop/Moraine Ridge Trail
and the half-marathon will be two loops of the black loop/Moraine Ridge
Trail. On the Lapham Peak trail map it states "this loop is 7 miles",
but it is not. I measured it with a measuring wheel and is 6.5 miles on
The black loop has some rolling hills along with a
few very steep short hills and three longer hill climbs; there are flat
spots as well. The trail itself is wide (most places 12-15 feet) and
consists of grass and hard packed dirt (unless it rains a lot) with some
rocks and a few roots. This trail is not technical, rocky or absurd but
you will have to keep your focus on the trail.
and half-marathon runners will run up to the top of the tower on their
FIRST LOOP ONLY. It is a small diversion and will get us to the right
distance for both races. Plus, if it is a nice day, you will love the
view from up top. Always stay to the right and respect other visitors
who are utilizing the tower. You will run up, circle the top and run
down and back to the black loop. Everything will be marked for you to
follow. The following loops you will stay on the black loop it is one
and done with the tower.
10K Course Review
10K course will be run on the black loop/Moraine Ridge Trail. The only
course difference between the marathon, half-marathon and 10K races is
the runners for the 10K will not run up the tower OR run up Two Tier
hill but turn left to the evergreen grove parking lot (right before two
tier hill). There will be plenty of signage, cones and volunteers to
guide you along the course and to make this turn.
black loop has some rolling hills along with a few very steep short
hills and a three longer hill climbs. There are flat spots as well! The
trail itself is wide (most places 12-15 feet) and consists of grass and
hard packed dirt (unless it rains a lot) with some rocks a few roots.
This trail is not technical, rocky or absurd but you will have to keep
your focus on the trail.
course has numerous hills, I suggest you be patient, in your approach,
in the marathon half-marathon. Run the first loop so you understand what
the following loops will be like. Otherwise, come out before the race,
if you can, and run the black loop/moraine ridge trail which is the loop
we will be racing.
Enjoy the beauty of Lapham Peak State Park and enjoy the trails.
My last bit of advice is to include hill training a couple times a week in preparation for the course.
Lapham Peak State Park W329 N846 Co. C Delafield, WI 53018 South of Delafield off of I-94 (Exit #285) on County Road C.