Law Enforcement in Full Uniform Will Run in Milwaukee's Lakefront Marathon
More than 3,000 runners are registered for the 36th annual Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon, a 26.2 mile scenic journey from Grafton to Milwaukee’s Veterans Park on October 2, 2016
The signature event of the Badgerland Striders running club features runners from more than 40 states and as many as five countries this year.
The race starts at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 2 and the first finisher will arrive down at Veteran’s Park around 9:40 a.m. or so.
We have runners as young as 18 all the way to an 82 year old man from Bayside
The course is known for fast times and intimate course,filled with spectators and great views of Milwaukee’s North Shore.
It’s a community event, and with no Packer game on October 2, what better reason to come out and cheer on runners as they chase their dreams.
The race features a full-day expo on Saturday, October 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Italian Community Center, open to all runners and their families throughout the area.
For family and friends coming out Sunday morning, you’ll find ample parking near Grafton High School, as well as at Veteran’s Park at the finish area. We also have a number of spectator-recommended cheering areas throughout the course.
At the finish area we’ll have a big celebration for runners and their families, with more than 20 vendors from around the area, live music and more.
But the running weekend offers something for everyone. On Sunday morning after the race starts we also have the I Can Do It 26.2 Mile Kids Run at Veteran’s Park, where kids ages 6-12 will run the last 1.2 miles of the course after having run 25 miles over the past 10 weeks. Girls on the Run Milwaukee is a major partner in this program, which is designed to encourage kids to be active and also build self-esteem.
The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon will also have a new event this year, the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon 5K Run/Walk, starting at 8:30 a.m. The run/walk starts in front of the Milwaukee Art Museum and heads into Lakeshore Park Island before heading into Veteran’s Park towards the finisher chute.
The race is put on more than 1200 volunteers from the Badgerland Striders, one of the nation’s largest running club. The race is for Runners by Runners.
We have a number of police officers who will be running in-uniform to raise awareness and dollars for families of fallen officers through the charitable organization COPS.