Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon canceled, plans not accepted by city in time

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Runners were stopped in their tracks Friday after the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon released a letter stating the cancellation of the event next month.

The city would've anticipated over 3,300 runners from all over the nation and several countries.

Scott Stauske, race director of the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon, said plans for the new course of the marathon weren't accepted by the city in time for the event.

"Unfortunately, I think it was a learning curve. The city of Milwaukee needed some things from us that we have never had to do in the past and this was going to be a brand new event, a course for us. They have policies and procedures in place that weren't able to fulfill," said Stauske.

This comes after the organizers had to plan a new course since their original route was blocked by construction that began in November of 2021.

According to the Department of Public Works, the traffic control plan submitted by the marathon organizer did not address some detour and access details.

The tip of the iceberg, said Stauske, was the inability to man police force at the marathon. He said he believes the police shortage was a contributor to that obstacle.

Runners are expected to receive a refund for the registration along with a race bib, finisher medal and even a Lakefront Marathon gift which will be mailed to the runners prior to Oct. 2 at a discounted cost of $35.

Read the full letter to participants below: 

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