History of Our Races
The first Saturday after Labor Day has the scenic town of Elroy, Wisconsin, sponsoring its own Apple Dumpling Days. As part of the festivities, The Elroy Lions Club held its first races in 2007, hosting a 5K run/walk and a .75K kids fun run. The Elroy Lions Club expanded in 2008 and added a very successful ½ marathon. In 2010, we switched to two kids' races. The 200 yard Apple Sauce Run became the race for those 7 and under. A Green Apple Fun Run of 1/4 mile was added for those runners that were 12 and under. A marathon was added in 2013 and both the marathon and half marathon courses were certified.
Elroy is the center of three abandoned railroad beds that have all been converted to bike trails. These three trails are the Juneau County Omaha Trail, the Elroy-Sparta Trail, and the 400 Trail. The trails provide a great running surface, a nice amount of shade, and fantastic scenery for the runners.