Registration for the 2023 Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k will be opening on “Super Sunday”, February 12

    The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon is Wisconsin’s largest and oldest marathon. The 2023 race features marathon, half marathon (new this year!) and 5k distances. For the first time in 40 years, our point-to-point course will start in downtown Milwaukee, travel over the iconic Hoan Bridge and finish at the world-famous Summerfest grounds.


    • Brand NEW course will offer the most scenic views of Milwaukee’s skyline and natural beauty
    • Run across the iconic Hoan Bridge-only possible with Lakefront Marathon
    • Over 40% of course right along gorgeous Lake Michigan shores
    • First 10 miles of half marathon and full marathon courses are the same.
    • Stay warm and dry in our indoor waiting area prior to race start just yards away


    • General Mitchell International Airport is only approx. 10 minutes from downtown.
    • Milwaukee hospitality is friendly and affordable with restaurants, breweries, excursions and accommodations to fit everyone’s wishes.
    • Race through downtown Milwaukee, closed highways, and paved trails in an effort to really showcase metro Milwaukee


    • We are going to do everything we can to make your stay and event in Milwaukee a memorable and positive experience
    • Come see why runners from around the world rave about their Milwaukee experiences and witness how you will feel like the elite you are!
    • Everyone wants to you have a good time! (literally and figuratively)


    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.

    RACE UPDATES: We want you to be aware of our progress!

    December 7, 2022

    In mid-November 2021, the race staff of the Lakefront Marathon were informed that the course we enjoyed for 41 years needed to change due to major road construction projects over the next several years.  We immediately started looking for alternatives and presented several options for review and discussions.  Milwaukee has some unique geographical and population challenges for creating a fun, safe and enjoyable route while minimizing the disruptions to residents and businesses.  We finally settled on a plan and came to realize that our efforts were going to be a little short.  Even though the City graciously offered to assist us in putting the event on, our staff takes great pride in making certain that we are fully prepared.  We made the decision to cancel our October 2 event.  Since that agonizing time, we have been working hard on continuing where we left off and we are excited at the prospect of providing something we believe to be even better than what we had hoped.  The City, the business community and of course our staff and volunteers are all coming together to help finalize the plans and make certain that we have a world-class event that we are all proud of for many years to come.  We will not be opening registration until we are convinced that we can welcome you to the City and give you the show you deserve.  Mark your calendars for October 1, 2023

    Lakefront Marathon produced by the Badgerland Striders Running Club

    The Badgerland Striders Running Club is Wisconsin’s largest running club and consists of all volunteers.  We put on low-cost/high-quality events for runners and use our time, talent and funds to help our running community through grants, projects and expertise.