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Overall Rating (10 Reviews)
4.8
(10 Ratings)(10 Reviews)
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2.6
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4.2
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5
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4.2
The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon is a USATF certified course starting at Grafton High School. This flat and scenic point-to-point course travels south through rural countryside, quiet neighborhoods and finishes just yards from the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan in the famous Summerfest grounds. The Lakefront Marathon has been a Boston … MORE
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    marxbk18 FIRST-TIMER '15

    This is an unbelievable marathon run by the Badgerland Striders. It is advertised as a run by runners for runners and that is just what it is. I ran it … MORE

    This is an unbelievable marathon run by the Badgerland Striders. It is advertised as a run by runners for runners and that is just what it is. I ran it once for myself and I ran it once as the 6:30 pacer. The shirt is always top notch and the medals are some of the best I have gotten. The support on course is second to none. It is a fast course and mostly flat and down hill with a few rolling hills. Once you get to the lake the views are amazing.

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    AJC414 FIRST-TIMER '17

    I had such a wonderful experience running my first Lakefront Marathon in 2017. In the fall, the weather was perfect. The beginning of the race was very well organized. The … MORE

    I had such a wonderful experience running my first Lakefront Marathon in 2017. In the fall, the weather was perfect. The beginning of the race was very well organized. The course itself was so runnable, with some moderate rolling hills and a net downgrade. The last few miles head right down to the lakefront path with the city skyline in the background. The volunteers were so energetic! The medal and shirt were great! This race was absolutely worth the money. I love recommending this race to all of my friends.

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    This was my 4th marathon and what I said would be my last. However, I had so much fun and was so close to my goal that I am running … MORE

    This was my 4th marathon and what I said would be my last. However, I had so much fun and was so close to my goal that I am running it again this year! The Badgerland Striders puts on an amazing race. The spectators are fantastic.

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    mlletour FIRST-TIMER '19

    Great organization - shelter at the high school before the start with real bathrooms - beautiful scenery - great shirt and medal - FUN town - great beer and weather … MORE

    Great organization – shelter at the high school before the start with real bathrooms – beautiful scenery – great shirt and medal – FUN town – great beer and weather – Want to go back to Milwakee!

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    timcigelske REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I've run 14 marathons, and Lakefront was my first, most recent and most frequent. I think I've run it 8 times or so and it's where I have my PR. … MORE

    I’ve run 14 marathons, and Lakefront was my first, most recent and most frequent. I think I’ve run it 8 times or so and it’s where I have my PR. I’ve run it as a pacer, with a team and solo.

    This year brought a few minor changes with the finish line extended to Summerfest, just past where it previously finished at Veteran’s park. This was a huge improvement for the better since in previous years the finish line has been muddy and wet, making it difficult for runners and spectators alike. The finish at the Summerfest grounds made for a scenic finishing chute along Lake Michigan, as well as allowed for ample entertainment on the stage. The new set-up made it feel a lot more like a legit finish line party and the logistics were greatly improved. Kudos to the race organizers for making this change to the long-standing route.

    As for the route, some people might call it boring, others may call it peaceful. It’s a mix of rural and suburban and you finally get into the city along the last few miles, where the route takes you along Lake Michigan. My favorite stretch is along quiet farmer fields just before you enter Concordia University around mile 7. That’s also where you see one of the biggest cheering sections, which usually appear every few miles or so. To me, it’s a good mixture of solitude and cheering along the route.

    It’s also a fast course. There are barely any inclines, with just a few minor ups and downs along the way. You end with a big downhill to the lake around mile 24.

    As someone who has run huge races like Chicago and scenic but logistically challenging races like Big Sur, I really like the happy medium of Lakefront Marathon. It’s easy to get to the start, it has an intimate community feel but it’s also big enough to run with others and have fan support along the course. I may be biased as a hometown participant, but it’s one of my all-time favorite races.

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    kgiombi FIRST-TIMER '19

    The course is fantastic--fairly flat with a few small hills. The race went very smoothly! I loved being able to hang out in the high school before the race--real bathrooms … MORE

    The course is fantastic–fairly flat with a few small hills. The race went very smoothly! I loved being able to hang out in the high school before the race–real bathrooms and you stayed warm! The finish line at Summerfest was super nice. No mud unlike when my husband ran the race several years ago! The volunteers were great! I also loved that they had a sign that water was ahead about 1/10-2/10 mile before the water station–it gave you time to have your nutrition before the water stop!

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    sletou01 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon was a happy surprise! A beautiful fall day to run along the lake. To early for fall color but still beautiful course in lovely neighborhoods. After the … MORE

    Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon was a happy surprise! A beautiful fall day to run along the lake. To early for fall color but still beautiful course in lovely neighborhoods. After the rolling hills at the start, course felt like a very gradual downhill to Milwaukee.
    Race director sent informative emails prior to race and after race. Do this race!

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    Bluebird46360 FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was truly a great race! Nice course that was not too hard...pretty flat, with nice down hills. Perfect amount of participants, as I never felt over crowded, nor did … MORE

    This was truly a great race! Nice course that was not too hard…pretty flat, with nice down hills. Perfect amount of participants, as I never felt over crowded, nor did I feel alone. Happy to have PR’d on this race!

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    amousmosesmw FIRST-TIMER '17

    Lakefront Marathon is a race put on by the local running club, the Badgerland Striders. It is a For Runners By Runners Marathon, being completely run by volunteers. It was … MORE

    Lakefront Marathon is a race put on by the local running club, the Badgerland Striders. It is a For Runners By Runners Marathon, being completely run by volunteers. It was a beautiful day on a great course with beautiful scenary, amazing volunteers and great crowd support! I am a back-of-the-pack turtle runner and the sentries and aid stations were still fully staffed with energetic volunteers! Amazing experience!

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    KatieD FIRST-TIMER '16

    The marathon is the Badgerland Striders running group's crown jewel race. There are a small army of volunteers and the race organization is top notch. The weather is generally excellent … MORE

    The marathon is the Badgerland Striders running group’s crown jewel race. There are a small army of volunteers and the race organization is top notch. The weather is generally excellent for running. This year it was about 50 and rainy.

    Packet pickup is at the Italian Community Center and there is a small expo. Race swag includes a long sleeve tech tee. Parking the day of the race is free at the center. Shuttle buses then take you to the start of the race at Grafton High School (the course is point to point). The buses ran smoothly and I had no issues.

    The high school was open for runners before the race, I saw one set of restrooms open. There were also porta potties outside. The lines were really long near the start of the race. There is a UPS truck for depositing gear bags as you walk to the start line.

    The start line is a little crowded, the pace groups were fairly close together. The first 2 miles of the race are a net downhill. There is one large hill on the course and it is downhill. The entire course is a net downhill. I would say that there are no significant hills on the course.

    First names are on the race bib and the spectators and volunteers cheer for the runners by name. There aren’t a huge number of spectators but they are very enthusiastic.

    The course follows the lakefront but you don’t actually see the lake until the end of the race. Most of the course is on partially closed streets. There is not too much difficulty passing for the most part. The first part is through the suburb of Grafton, it winds through some country roads, then past the large homes on Lake Drive. Water stops were plentiful and stocked water and Gatorade, with gels at a couple of stations.

    The race ends in Veterans Park. Collecting gear bags was quick and easy. There was hot food from Noodles available as well as a brown bag with snacks. Beer was free for runners and spectators. Other food items were available for purchase. There was a changing tent available, which was nice after the wet race! The race medals were large and hefty, they included a removable key chain.

    The finish line is a couple miles from the parking at the Italian Community Center so shuttles were available to go back there.

    This was my 3rd marathon and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It has a small, hometown feel to it. Those looking for a Milwaukee urban marathon should check out the Milwaukee Running Festival Marathon in November.

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