Madeline Island Marathon and Half Marathon
La Pointe, WI
Saturday May 16, 2020
8:30 a.m. Start Time
Registration will open on September 18, 2019 at 8am CDT
$95 Full Marathon/$80 Half Marathon (Plus minimal registration processing fee)
Registration will open on September 18, 2019 at 8am CDT
Registration includes a long-sleeve tech shirt, custom finisher medal created by a local artisan and custom/personalized race number. The spectacular views are free!!! There is also a post-race party with live music and awards ceremony.
*After fully completing your registration, you will receive a confirmation email from email@example.com. If you don’t receive this email, please make sure to check your spam filter and you will be able to search for your registration by clicking HERE.
2019 Photos from Emerald Rue Film and Photography CLICK HERE
2018 Photos from Bemused Design and Photography: CLICK HERE
2017 Photos from Bemused Design and Photography: CLICK HERE
To read reviews of our race CLICK HERE
Volunteers: Want to volunteer and join our Event Crew? Volunteer registration will open in the Spring of 2020.
Runners packet pick-up will be available Friday May 15 from 2pm-8pm and available race morning at Joni's Beach beginning at 6:30am. You may have a friend pick up your packet for you. Various Madeline Island dining options will be available for carbo-loading dinner on Friday night. Come Friday and pick up your packet and then head out to dinner at one of our great island restaurants: The Pub Restaurant, Cafe Seiche, Farmhouse and The Beach Club will all have race specials going on!
For a timeline of race related events, restaurant options, etc: 2019 Timeline is HERE! (updated 5/8/19)
Start Line/Finish Line
Both races start and finish in front of Joni’s Beach, just a few blocks from the La Pointe Ferry Landing.
Both courses are USATF certified and are point-to-point with short out-and-back portions. The courses are mainly paved roadway with approximately 3 to 4 miles of gravel road. The courses will be well-marked, but are open to traffic and runners will be restricted to one side of the road. There will be volunteers and law enforcement at some intersections, but we recommend running single file and music devices are discouraged. Aid stations will be approximately every 2 to 3 miles and will have both water and Gatorade available at each station. Porta-potties will be available at the start/finish and at various points along the course.
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The course time limit is 7 hours.
2020 Updated maps with water stop locations:
Marathon Course Map HERE
Half Marathon Course Map HERE
A gear check tent will be available at Joni’s Beach (the start/finish line).
Getting to Madeline Island
Madeline Island is accessible by ferry from Bayfield, WI. The 25-minute ferry ride provides passenger, bike, and vehicle transportation to the island. For more information, including ferry rates and schedules, please visit www.madferry.com You must arrive early to find parking (if needed) and purchase tickets. Regular rates apply.
*See FAQ section below for detailed info on race day ferry.
Air Travel – The Duluth International Airport is approximately 95 miles from La Pointe, WI. Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is approximately 245 miles from La Pointe, WI.
Travel by Car – from the Twin Cities, it is approximately 5 hours to La Pointe via I-35 and state Hwy 13S/WI 13 Trunk S or 5 1/2 hours via I-35 and WI-77 E
All participants are encouraged to stay on Madeline Island on Friday, May 15th to ensure arriving at the start line on time. The Island offers various lodging options including cabins, hotels, and camping. Click here for more information on cabins and hotels. For camping information, click here. You can also consider camping at our parks, either Big Bay Town Park or Big Bay State Park. There will be an early ferry on Sat, May 16. *Please see FAQ for more details regarding race day ferry.
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Can I transfer/sell my number to another person?
If you become injured, your training isn’t going as well as you’d like, or are no longer able to join us for the Madeline Island Marathon or Half Marathon, you may transfer your entry to another person for $10.00 + transaction fee (NOTE: The person you transfer the entry fee to will pay this fee). No transfers will be accepted after April 16, 2020.
IMPORTANT: This is the ONLY authorized way to transfer your entry to another person, running with someone else’s number is not only dangerous for you, but also is an extreme liability to the event – we want to keep putting on this race for many years!
Running under another person’s name is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification and jeopardize your participation in future events. Entry fees are non-refundable. If you choose to transfer your entry to another person, you are responsible for arranging payment for the entry with the person you are transferring it to. The new entrant will have to pay $10 (+fee) to register and complete the online transfer. No transfers after April 16, 2020..
Can I switch distances?
Yes, but you must do so by April 16, 2020. Those upgrading their races will be charged the difference in the race fees and a change fee of $10 will be assessed at the conclusion of the forms. No transfers/switches will be accepted after April 16, 2020.
*Will there be an early ferry boat from Bayfield to Madeline on race day?
Statement from the Madeline Island Ferry Line: The Ferry Line will be running trips the morning of the marathon. The 1st scheduled trip to the Island will be at 6:30am. The ferry ride is about 25 minutes long. Race starts at 8:30am sharp. Please also have a parking plan ready. Click here for a map that shows municipal free parking lots in Bayfield. This means you must be at the Ferry Landing early enough to find parking, buy your ferry ticket, and board the ferry. The ferry does not take reservations, it’s first-come, first served, so please give yourselves enough time. You can pre-purchase your ticket the night before, but that does not guarantee you passage on a specific trip Saturday morning – again, it’s first-come, first-served. Regular Rates Apply; visit madferry.com for rate info.
Where can I park and leave my car during the race?
Parking in Bayfield: CLICK HERE
Parking on Madeline Island: CLICK HERE *Please note there is NO PARKING at the start/finish area. There will be a shuttle running between the ferry, downtown La Pointe parking areas and the Start/Finish area. Walking and biking is recommended on race day.
You may bring cars on the ferry for additional fee. Go to www.madferry.com for rates
What can I expect for temperatures?
The average lows for May are mid 40′s and the highs are in the low 60′s.
Can I run with an iPod or another music device?
The course is open to traffic. We strongly discourage impairing your ability to hear vehicles and instructions from volunteers, so just be aware of this if you choose to run with music. Keep in mind that on the marathon course, north end of the island may have spotty cell phone service.
Are strollers/handcycles/push-rim wheel chairs/dogs allowed on race course?
No. Due to the course being partially open to traffic, strollers/handcycles/push-rim wheelchairs/dogs are not allowed on course. Safety is our highest priority.
Is there a time limit on the course?
Yes. There is a 7-hour time limit.
When does registration close?
The marathon is limited to 150 registrants and the half marathon is limited to 300 registrants. In order to ensure receiving a custom race number, runners must be registered by April 18, 2019. We expect both races to fill in 2020.
For a timeline of race related events, restaurant options, etc 2019 Timeline is HERE! (updated 5/8/19)
We encourage race-day spectators to please take the 7:30 am ferry or later. Please allow runners to fill the earlier 6:30am ferry. For race day visit to Madeline Island, please walk on ferry. We have a free shuttle for spectators and runners between the ferry and start/finish line. Biking is also recommended for spectating along course. Please limit driving on course. Driving on course is strongly discouraged.
Parking is available in Bayfield. Parking in Bayfield: CLICK HERE
There is a complimentary shuttle transporting runners and spectators from 7am to 4pm from ferry dock to start/finish line, CLICK HERE for shuttle route and parking on Madeline Island.
OR You may choose to bring a bike over on the ferry (bike fees apply CLICK HERE for rate info) to be able to spectate from various spots on course. Bike Rentals are also available on Madeline Island at Motion to Go, downtown La Pointe.
Recommended Spectator Locations: FULL MARATHON ////// HALF MARATHON
We strongly discourage driving on the course to spectate.
Please visit madferry.com for ferry rates and schedule. Thank you!