Mukwonago's Meissen, Hudson’s Burkart Win 2013 Lakefront Marathon in Milwaukee
33rd annual event included nearly 2,200 finishers
(Milwaukee) October 6, 2013 –Ryan Meissen, a 35-year-old from Mukwonago, was the overall winner of the 2013 Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon, the 33rd annual event from the Badgerland Striders. This was the second time Meissen has won the 26.2 mile race from Grafton to Veteran’s Park, this time with a time of 2 hours, 28 minutes and 23 seconds.
Zachary Meineke of Wauwatosa was second in the men's category with a time of 2:30:06, while Josh Kaplan of Portland, OR finished third at 2:34:12.
On the women's side, the overall winner was Melissa Burkart, 31 years-of-age, from Hudson, Wisconsin. She finished the race in 2:45:31, recording the 7th fastest time in the 33 year history of the race. Amanda Daws of Milwaukee finished second with a time of two hours, 58 minutes and 26 seconds, and Ruth Swedler of Milwaukee finished third at 3:04:20.
The signature event from Wisconsin's oldest and longest running club filled to capacity in early April 2013 with 3,100 runners. A picture perfect day greeted runners along the course, with temperatures in the low to mid 50s throughout the day.
In total, more than 2,100 runners finished the 2012 race. Runners were greeted by 2012 US Olympian Nick Symmonds, and also had a chance to meet Joan Benoit Samuelson, the first woman to ever win an Olympic gold medal in the marathon distance in 1984 in Los Angeles, at an event on Wednesday, October 3.
For complete results from this year's race, visit www.onlineraceresults.com or www.milwaukeelakefrontmarathon.org.
For all of the race results, check out our results page for links.
Brightroom was the professional photographer for the marathon.