Marathon runners
Photograph provided by Green Lake Half Marathon

Mark your calendars and start training for one of Wisconsin’s most scenic race routes: the Green Lake Area “13dot1” Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run.

This exhilarating Labor Day weekend event will celebrate its 8th year on Sunday, September 3, and is sure to please both beginner and seasoned runners. With over 500 participants coming from many parts of the country, the excitement is obvious as runners, friends, and families make their way to the starting line, located in the heart of beautiful Green Lake near the waterfall across from the Chamber of Commerce office.

With a loud air horn blast, the Half Marathon (13.1 miles) starts at 8:15 a.m. followed by the 5K Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m. Crowds of enthusiastic spectators line the streets to provide plenty of cheering and cowbell action as their favorite runners head out.

Talk about eye-catching scenery! The half marathon route takes runners through the City of Green Lake and west along wooded lanes and breathtaking shoreline. A good portion of the route includes a tour through the lovely Green Lake Conference Center, with its many historic structures and extensive stone walls dating back to the Victor and Jessie Lawson era in the early 1900s. Manicured emerald-green golf courses and magnificent lake homes are part of the eye candy in this race.

The 5K route (3.1 miles) also includes gorgeous views of the lakeshore. Runners/walkers head west along the lake, past Hattie Sherwood Park, and beyond before returning to the finish line at Deacon Mills Park. A free Kids Race for children ages 10 and under takes place near the finish at 10:00 a.m. Great music, food, and an awards ceremony follow.

The generous sponsors and the 13dot1 committee are committed to promoting wellness in our community. To register for the run, or to find out how you can support this effort through sponsorship or volunteering, go to .

Make it your summer goal and start training today. DO the DOT—the 13dot1!

Wendy Schultz is chair of the Green Lake 13dot1 Committee. .