MAKE SURE YOU SMILE at the MILE 5! Smile Mile Photos after the race will be available to download for FREE thanks to Bullis Pond Dental.


Barstow Block Party

Join hundreds of spectators and fans along Eau Claire's main downtown stretch to cheer on the half marathon, marathon & relay participants as they enter the hardest and most difficult part of the race - mile 10 (half marathon) & mile 23 (full marathon). Many local downtown businesses & organizations come out for the festivities and take pride in their historic & charming area of Eau Claire along the river. In years past there has been pancakes, kids' activities at the Children's Museum, sign making stations, cowbells, much tom-foolery, and plenty of NOISE!!!

**NEW FOR 2020, the 5K will also travel through this party!

Join these downtown groups and watch for the Facebook event to get all of the updates & join the fun!


The Blugold Mile

Marathon Mile 25.0 / Half Marathon Mile 12.0

The University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire student organizations come together to show their support for community members and visitors running in the Eau Claire Marathon.

With over 1,000 student supporters and volunteers taking part, the Blugold Mile comes at the exact point in the race when you need it most!

On top of all the enthusiasm you will find from the crowds, the Blugold Marching Band and other musical organizations are there to give runners that final push to the finish line. It is easy to see why the Blugold Mile has quickly become a favorite among those running the race!

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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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! 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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