Event Details

    Race Weekend Guide

    Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon


    Sunday, October 2nd, 2022


    2022 Guide will be available in September

    2021 Spectator Guide

    Get all the information about parking, schedule and find answers to many questions you may have.


    Marathon begins at 7am

    Half Marathon begins at 7am

    Youth run (1.2 mile) begins at 7:15am

    5K begins at 7:30am


    Due to major construction, the point-to-point route we have had for 40 years will not be possible any longer.  So, we set out to make a new route that would really showcase Milwaukee, the beauty of Lake Michigan and something completely different from our last route including one of the best views of the Cityscape on top of the Hoan Bridge.  This is a view is only available to runners in the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon and we think you’ll love your race photo at that location!  While there are a couple hills, there is nothing that is daunting or to worry about and the majority of the course is relatively flat.

    The course starts near the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee’s “Third Ward District” and continues for 5 miles on Milwaukee city streets before we reach to cities of St. Francis, Cudahy and South Milwaukee.  Once in South Milwaukee we will enter beautiful Grant Park and take the Oak Leaf Trail (paved) back north for most of the route   The majority of this trail is right along the shore of Lake Michigan, so enjoy the scenery and enjoy the journey.  About Mile 20 you will be getting ready to cross over the Hoan Bridge for your scenic moment.  NOTE:  You MUST have maintained an average pace of 15 min./mile in order to get the chance to continue as our permit will only allow closure of the bridge traffic.  If you have not maintained this pace, we will ask you to allow us to give you a ride to the finish line party.  Once over the bridge we go through Veterans Park, the gorgeous crown jewel of Milwaukee County Parks and past Bradford Beach the largest natural beach in Milwaukee.  A turnaround leads you back through Veterans Park, a jaunt along the breakwater of the Lake and once again past the Calatrava designed Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World, a hands-on learning museum for families.  One lap on the Lakeshore State Park path (about a mile in  length) and you will enter the finish chute to the cheers from the throngs of adoring fans.  The after-party is only steps away!

    The Half Marathon distance starts and finishes in the same places and follows most of the same course as the marathon but obviously turns around sooner.  See “Course” tab for map.

    Our course will close 6.5 hours after the start of the race for both the half and full marathon.


    26.2 mile marathon

    • Male and female overall 1st-5th places: ($1500/$1000/$500/$250/$100)
    • 1st overall Wisconsin resident male and female: ($250 each)
    • 1st-3rd male and female wheelchair division
    • 1st-3rd masters (40+) finishers male and female: ($250/$100/$50)
    • 1st-3rd grand master (50+) finishers male and female: ($250/$100/$50)
    • Age Group awards for 1st-3rd in 5-year increments from 19-under, 20-24 through 80-over

    Overall male and female winners will have their name engraved on a special Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon “Champions Cup” trophy and will receive smaller replicas acknowledging their victories.

    13.1 mile half marathon

    • Male and female overall 1st-3rd places: ($500/$250/$100)
    • 1st overall Wisconsin resident male and female: ($50 each)
    • 1st-3rd male and female wheelchair division
    • 1st-3rd masters (40+) finishers male and female: ($150/$100/$50)
    • 1st-3rd grand master (50+) finishers male and female: ($150/$100/$50)
    • Age Group awards for 1st-3rd in 5-year increments from 19-under, 20-24 through 80-over

    $5000 BONUS

    The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon is offering a $5000 BONUS to the first male and/or first female that completes our run in a time that meets or beats our fastest Lakefront Marathon 26.2 mile distance time: male: 2:14:09 and female 2:39:15. Winner must adhere to all USATF rules and regulations and any rule infractions determined by race staff will result in a DQ. It is the athletes responsibility to each athlete to understand official rules when competing for prizes.  In the event a winner is an Interscholastic or collegiate athlete, the LFM suggests contacting your athletic department for advice on protecting your eligibility.  NOTE:  Bonus is in addition to other prize money earned.


    The Expo will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at the UWM Ballroom

    Please bring your photo ID for packet pick up. If you are unable to attend the Expo, someone else may pick up your packet with a copy of your photo ID. If you are from out of town and/or if you desire race day packet pick up, that option is available for a convenience fee on our registration page. Your packet will be waiting for you at the start line on race morning. This fee only applies to runners who need up their materials on Sunday morning. Runners are encouraged to attend the Expo where they will find Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon merchandise, many local and national vendors, and have a chance to talk to pace team members.  NOTE: you must pick up your bib at the expo OR have selected the “race day packet pick up PRIOR to the Expo.

    All participants will be given an official Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon gear bag at packet pick up. Use the bag to transport your personal items to the start line. Runners are encouraged NOT to put valuables in the bag (cell phones, keys, wallets, etc.).


    All marathon finishers within the 6.5 hour time limit will receive an awesome medal at the finish line.

    Information about how to claim awards after the event will be published at the conclusion of the event.


    LFM is pleased to be named the 2022 RRCA Wisconsin Marathon Championship race. This year, we have awards for the top female and male overall, female and male masters (40+), female and male grand masters (50+), female and male senior grand masters (60+). All runners are eligible for these awards.


    Of course we’re going to have a party to celebrate your accomplishments!  Get ready for some fun with photo backdrops, free beer and runner food and of course tunes from the infectious grooves from DJ Flow!!