Blugold Mile & Musical Mile

The Blugold Mile

Since the Blugold Mile got its start in 2014, it has grown to include over 100 different student organizations and every year we arere adding more! The university's honor societies, sports clubs, Greek life, and more are all out there coming together to show their support for the community members and visitors running in the Eau Claire Marathon. On top of all of the enthusiasm you will find from the crowds, the Blugold Marching Band, and other musical organizations, are out there helping to change the tune of the race once you've started the final stretch to the finish line.

The Blugold Mile comes at the exact point in the race when you need it most: mile 23.5 of the Full Marathon and mile 10.5 of the Half Marathon. With over 1000 student supporters and volunteers taking part in showing their enthusiasm it's easy to see why the Blugold Mile has quickly become a crowd favorite among those running the race!

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What Runners Say about the Blugold Mile

"Best part of the race. The atmosphere is great and it gives you the push to power through the last few miles."

"Was so awesome to run through!! Really helped me push through and finish!! Thank you to all the staff, athletes and students that cheered us on!!"

"I've run at least 25 marathons or 1/2 marathons. Never seen something like the Blugold Mile. It's a big reason I'll be running this one again."

"I've run enough Races to know that at mile 11 or 24, sometimes you have no energy for a smile (I'm pretty sure I've hit a wall and would rather growl at others). But look at these faces! The Blugold Mile gives that energy! It's seen on everyone in these pictures! The runners look just as pumped as the UWEC students. Hats off to your students that come out and cheer as loudly for race leaders as the middle of the pack as the back. Your photographers have caught priceless moments here!"

"Thank you UW-Eau Claire Blugolds!! You were like a turbo booster for me!"

"Blugold Mile for sure is the best! I ran the first half last year and ran my first marathon this year and both years I was brought to tears through the mile. The fan base in Eau Claire is unlike any other race I've experienced and I see it as a yearly tradition for me!"

"It's the reason I come back."

"Thank you Blugold mile!! Very uplifting and one of the reasons I keep coming back to EC Marathon! So moved after running through this year after year. Makes my eyes well up every time! Love, love, love, like, like, like!!!"

"The Blugold Mile made my first half marathon a special memory from my senior year. I loved it. Hearing my name shouted by friends scattered in the crowd and encouragement from strangers carried me to Carson Park. The energy was electric!"

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The Musical Mile

The Musical Mile is a unique feature of our hometown marathon where local music groups provide awesome musical motivation for the runners, spectators, and the community the entire final mile of the race! Water Street will be alive with the sound of music—including the last hill through scenic Braun's Bay and the final stretch to the finish line at Carson Park. We have pep bands, jazz bands, choirs, and even our very own "pep orchestras"—how cool is that!

The enthusiastic performances from some of the best music groups in the Chippewa Valley will encourage and support runners to finish strong on the last mile of their race!

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