Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon, half marathon and 5k 


    OCTOBER 2, 2022

    Dear participants and supporters,

    A decision was made on September 9, 2022 to cancel our planned event.  It is one of the hardest decisions this marathon staff has ever needed to make in our 41 year history.  With a new route needed, planning for 2022 began in November 2021 and we’ve been working hard ever since.  With new courses, policies and procedures and new contacts, come new challenges.  We can honestly state that we did our best to offer the attention to details and keep an emphasis on safety.  Unfortunately it was becoming clear that there were going to be some issues that would not be overcome in the time-frame needed to put on an event of this size.  Rather than continue to hope for resolve to the issues, we felt we needed to inform you of our decision.  The positive news is that we have already established the proper communication with the City of Milwaukee officials and are welcoming of a partnership in 2023.

    There is never going to be a Race Organizer who takes matters like this lightly and we are as devastated by this news as you are.  Please know that we are working extra hard to bring you a 2023 event worthy of our name and reputation and will do everything in our power to never allow this to happen again.

    Jose Vaga
    Seriously LOVED finishing on the Summerfest grounds. That was PERFECT! You guys put on a GREAT race. There is always A LOT of support throughout the run. Many thanks to the locals, volunteers and everyone involved with this event. It’s TOP NOTCH!

    Jose Vaga

    Jason Moderi

    Such a well run race. Loved every minute of it.

    Jason Moderi

    Amy Ruehlow

    Such an awesome race! Well done! My first marathon and I would totally do it again. Thank you to ALL of the amazing volunteers and police officers for being on the course.

    Amy Ruehlow

    Amanda Riesenberg

    Every single volunteer was amazing, especially the water stops!! Every single water stop was amazing and had just great energy!

    Amanda Riesenberg

    Larry Spore

    This was my first marathon and I couldn’t have chosen a better event. The organization of the race, the volunteers, and the community support. I can’t wait to run it again in 2020.

    Larry Spore

    Rachael Leslie

    This was the best race I’ve ran! Beautiful course, beautiful and clean city, wonderful volunteers, aide stations were amazing and I BQ for the first time! Worth the drive from St Louis.

    Racheal Leslie

    Sarah Nicole

    I had so much fun (despite the pain) that I didn’t want it to end! I love every mile of this race! I’ve ran this now 6x and can not wait for next year’s!! Thanks for continuing to put together such an awesome and memorable event!

    Sarah Nicole


    The 2021 Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon was a USATF certified course starting in Grafton, WI and winding it’s way along beautiful Lake Michigan and north shore suburbs until our enthusiastic crowds welcomed you to the finish line at the world-famous Summerfest grounds, just a couple yards away from the lake.



    Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon
    We know that photos are an important part of your experience and we got some great shots of you to celebrate your accomplishments. Check out the site and download as many photos as you like courtesy of the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon.


    Here is one runners experience worth reading!

    Mandi Florip, editor-in-chief for Chicago Athlete Magazine writes about her experience at the 2021 Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon.

    Cancellation letter to participants

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    Our finish line is at Henry Meier Festival Grounds

    If you were not familiar, you should check out the world’s larges music festival happening three weekends this June.  Our finish line party will be held under the roof at the Johnson Controls stage.  Check out the lineup and offerings at Summerfest 2022: