Festival Foods Grandad FULL Marathon

May 9TH, 2020

Enjoy the inaugural Grandad’s Full Marathon! The new course winds along the scenic and remote River trails that embody the driftless region. Running from Sparta to La Crosse, passing through classic rural Wisconsin towns, and finishing at the beautiful Riverside Park in downtown La Crosse.  

Packet Pick-Up

Packet pick-up will ONLY take place at the La Crosse Center South Hall on May 8th from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm


The Festival Foods Grandad Marathon will start at 6:00AM sharp starting near the Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce. All runners must be off the course by 1:00 pm.

Shuttle Busses

Shuttle busses to the starting line will be available on the corner of 2nd and Jay Street (outside of the La Crosse Center).  Busses will start running at 3:50 AM and leave when filled – at approximately 4:15, 4:30 and 4:45 (times may vary as busses will fill at different rates).  The last bus will leave no later than 5:00AM.  The shuttle trip will take approximately 30 minutes. Please incorporate this into your race morning plans.


October 1st - November 30th: $75.00
December 1st - January 31st: $90.00
February 1 - March 31st: $100.00
April 1st - April 30th: $105.00
May 1st - May 8th: $115.00 (If registering after April 30th, we cannot guarantee a shirt will be available)

2020 Course map