Great Pumpkin Chase 5K Run/Walk 2017

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 2017 Registration Now Open!

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About the Race

The Great Pumpkin Chase 5K Run/Walk is one of the La Crosse area’s most scenic 5K run/walk events – featuring a course that is 100% off pavement!  Participants will trek through the colorful foliage of Upper Hixon Forest during this unique autumn race.

The Great Pumpkin Chase will be chip timed by Grand Bluff Race Management in 2017!

Date & Time:
Saturday, October 28, 2017    –     Race starts at 9 a.m.

Upper Hixon Forest  – La Crosse, WI

Entry Fee

  • $20 May 1st – August 31st
  • $25 September 1st – October 27th
  • $30 morning of race

Race Packet Pickup
Packet pickup will be at WisCorps headquarters (Myrick Park Center) located at 789 Myrick Park Dr. in La Crosse, WI.  Packets will be available from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 27. Packets will also be available at the registration tent on race day.

Directions and Parking
The Upper Hixon Forest trails are located on County Highway FA just east of La Crosse. From downtown La Crosse, take Main Street east until it becomes Bliss Road.  Follow Bliss Road up the bluff past the Alpine Inn and turn left on County Highway FA (just under 1/2 mile past the Alpine Inn).  Continue on Highway FA until you come to the event signs (at the National Weather Service office).  Parking is available in the grassy field west of the race start.  Do not Park at the National Weather Service office lot.

Map to Upper Hixon Forest

Map to Upper Hixon Forest and race start

The event starts and ends at the Upper Hixon Forest parking lot on County Highway FA. Convenient parking is available in the grass lot directly west of the race start.

About the Course
The race starts on the nice wide Prairie Loop trail with a gentle spacing climb for approximately 0.5 miles before turning onto BOB – a slightly descending single track with ample twists, turns, and limited passing space before dropping into Aby’s and a challenging climb back to Prairie Loop via Moonshine.  Once back on Prairie Loop, ample passing room is again available before hitting the water station and dropping in on OB1 with a sharp descent before cutting over to Buckthorn and winding to Mile #2 before entering the woods and making the short, but steep climb up to La Crosse Ridge Loop.  Once on La Crosse Ridge Loop, there’s less than 1 mile remaining on a wide grass trail with a gradual (and deceiving) climb to the finish line.

Dogs are not allowed on the race course, thanks for your understanding!

Great Pumpkin Chase Course Map 2015

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Awards for top 3 finishers in each age division

  • Age divisions:
    • 10 and under
    • 11-14
    • 15-18
    • 19-30
    • 31-40
    • 41-50
    • 51-60
    • 61+
  • Overall female and male champion trophies


2017 GPC Shirt

New for 2017! Kids t-shirt sizes!
Participants must register BEFORE October 18th to be guaranteed a shirt in your size. After that date, shirts and sizes will be distributed first come, first served until they’re gone. You are not likely to get a shirt on race day, so register early!

Look for additional 2017 Great Pumpkin Chase race information coming soon!

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