Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon

Registration for the marathon closed on June 4 , 2015.

Join runners from all over the Midwest on October 4th, 2015 at 7:30 am for the 35th annual Lakefront Marathon and find out for yourself why "The Best Times Really Are in Milwaukee"

Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon Fills to Record Participation Rate in 35th Year.

MILWAUKEE, WIS. (June 4, 2015) – Milwaukee’s Lakefront Marathon, the oldest and largest marathon in Wisconsin, just got bigger.
Once again, the race known for fast times and small crowds compared to other larger, Midwest marathons has reached its capacity. Yet this year, 400 additional people have been added, bringing total runners registered to a race record 3,500 runners for the October 4 event. See more.

If you aren't sure if you are registered, check my list of registered runners.

The next Marathon Build-up run is Saturday, Aug 22nd. This week's run is 20 miles and starts at Kulwicki Park at 7:00 a.m. Kulwicki Park is located at 10777 W Cold Spring Rd, Greenfield, WI 53228. There are two maps for the 20 mile run. Click here for the map of the first 10.3 miles. Click here for the map of the last 9.7 miles.

Click here for the complete marathon build-up schedule.

This year there are also half-marathon build-up runs that start at the same location as the full marathon build up runs.  Click here for the complete half marathon build-up schedule.

NEW: Registration is open for the 2015 "I Can 26.2 It!" Kids Running Program.
Click here to read all about the program and sign up for it.

Course Description
The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon is a USAT&F Certified Course that starts in front of Grafton High School on Hwy. 60 (about one mile west of I-43). This flat and scenic point-to-point course travels south through rural countryside, quiet north shore neighborhoods and finishes along the shores of Lake Michigan north of the Milwaukee Art Museum at Veterans Park. You can qualify for the Boston Marathon by doing the Lakefront Marathon! (Click here to find the qualifying times for the Boston Marathon.) Our marathon is honored to be a RRCA regional championship race this year.

Entry Fee & Limits
The race is limited to 3500 marathon runners. The entry fee is $80. You will also have to pay the fee that Active charges. Registration fees are not refundable. The sale and/or transfer of race entries/bib numbers is strictly prohibited.

Time Limits
The race starts at 7:30 a.m. at Grafton High School. The race course will close at 2:00 p.m., or 6.5 hours after the race start. No early starts are allowed. No times will be recorded and no medals will be given after 6.5 hours.

Hotel Accommodations
We have arranged to have rooms available at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Milwaukee for Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon runners. Click here to get more information about booking these rooms. NOTE: There is free transportation to the start from either of these hotels for registered runners at 6 a.m. sharp on race day.

Expo and Packet Pickup
The expo will be held at the Italian Community Center, which is located at 631 E Chicago near downtown Milwaukee. Expo hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3. All marathon participants MUST pick up their packets at the expo. Click here for more detailed information.

FREE transportation to the start
We encourage runners to use our free bus service to get to the start. Runners can catch a bus to the start at the Italian Conference Center. The Italian Conference Center is located at 631 E. Chicago Street, approximately three-quarters of a mile from the marathon finish. Buses will load from 5:15 to 6:15 a.m. on race morning. However, please note that the bus service to the start is ONLY FOR REGISTERED RUNNERS.

Girls on the Run is the official charity partner for the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon.

Use the power of running to make a difference in the life of a Milwaukee girl: become a GOTR of Greater Milwaukee SoleMate! You’ll be able to achieve your personal dream of running 26.2 miles, while positively impacting the lives of hundreds of girls across the Greater Milwaukee area. Registration is open today. Register as a LFM SoleMate at

Are you in the Milwaukee area? Be a part of the LARGEST girl-centered 5K series in the USA! Join us at our family-friendly Spring 5K on Sunday, June 7, 2015, Bayshore Town Center, Glendale, WI.  Register now. We are looking for runners, cheer squads, course marshals and more! 

Lakefront Marathon introduces new mobile app

This year, the Lakefront Marathon partnered with local app developer bSpatial to launch an interactive app for families and spectators.

The app includes race weekend information, live weather conditions and an interactive map to help guide spectators throughout the course.

The app is available on the iTunes store under Milwaukee's Lakefront Marathon. It is a free app. Click here to download it and use it race weekend. The interactive map is also available for any smart phone or tablet user online at

Thanks to bSpatial for their support.

To read the press release that Matt Braun wrote, click here.


Lakefront Marathon merchandise is available in our store.

We have jackets, in-training shirts, sleeveless shirts, hoodies, caps and magnets.


We will continue our popular e-mail newsletter this year.  We will again use the newsletter to provide important updates and information as race weekend approaches.  If you enter the race, you are automatically subscribed – if you hit the “un-subscribe” link, you will not receive important updates.  If you would like to subscribe in advance of registering or just want information about our race, use this link to subscribe to the newletter.

As always, we welcome your suggestions and are happy to respond to your questions – 

Contact us: 

   Phone 414-688-7561

Please click on the "Volunteer Today" button to volunteer to help with the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon on the weekend of Oct. 3 and Oct. 4, 2015.

If you have problems with signing up on the volunteer web site, please contact Erin Smith at  Thank you!



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6526 River Parkway
Milwaukee, WI 53213


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       Milwaukee, WI 53213
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