I would like to welcome everyone to the Inaugural InStep Trail Runs here at Lapham Peak. It gives me great pleasure to host this event as Lapham Peak has been my “home” course for 25+ years. I really love running here and thought why not set up a series of races to share what I have enjoyed for so long.
I know that Lapham Peak is not mountainous or have 5000 foot climbs but if you run the course hard it will be challenging. The trail is not technical and I guess that is one reason I enjoy it so much. I am a confessed conservative when it comes to the “technical” trails so I enjoy running hard here. You will run on 100% trails as there are no road crossings and this course is great for spectators as well. All races will run on the black loop which is a 6.5 mile loop (the 10K cuts take a small short cut). Spectators can walk to the mid-point of this looped course and then walk back to the start/finish area where runners will pass by for the marathon and half-marathon and finish obviously for the 10K.
My running has taken me all over the United States and Lapham Peak is still one of my all-time favorite places to run. Just is a wonderful place with lots of beauty and challenge. I think you will enjoy running Lapham Peak as well.
My goal is to put on a quality race that has value to each participant and provide support to the Jenny Crain Make It Happen Fund. Please read about Jenny and support her by making a donation through her web site www.jennycrain.net .
Lapham Peak was formed about 10,000 yrs ago by a glacier which made it the highest point in Waukesha county with an elevation of 1,233 ft above sea level. With an observation tower (45 ft tall) at the peak, one can see a good view of southeastern Wisconsin and the northern edge of Illinois.
Lapham Peak is named for Increase A. Lapham, an important scientist and naturalist in Wisconsin who lived from 1811 to 1875. He came to Wisconsin in 1836 as an engineer and eventually settled in the Oconomowoc area. Lapham had many roles in his lifetime, including State Geologist, founder and president of the State Historical Society, and surveyor of Indian mounds, but he is probably best known as the Father of the United States Weather Bureau.