Grandad Challenge

May 4th-5th, 2018

Looking for a little extra challenge? Are you up for a unique, one-of-a-kind event?

The Bluff Challenge requires participants to race up the bluff Friday evening in the Running Time Trial and descend back down in the Festival Foods Grandad Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Your cumulative finish times from both events will compete for cash prizes!

The Bluff Challenge is a two part event taking place on Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th.

Friday, May 4th - Running Time Trial

The first runner will begin at 5:30PM, followed by others in 30-second intervals until 7:30PM.

Saturday, May 5th - Festival Foods Grandad Half Marathon

The Festival Foods Grandad Half Marathon will start at 8:00AM sharp on the historic Grandad Bluff overlook.  Please see the Grandad Half Marathon page for details regarding bus shuttle services to the top of Grandad Bluff.


Packet Pick-Up and registration for this year's Grandad Challenge will happen at the Grandad Half Marathon Expo at the Dahl Family YMCA (Downtown La Crosse) beginning at Noon on Friday, May 4th, as well as at the base of Bliss Rd. immediately before the start of the Running Time Trial.


October 8th - October 14th: $60.00
October 15th - January 1st: $75.00
January 2nd - February 28th: $85.00
March 1st - April 30th: $100.00
May 1st - May 4th: $115.00