Event Details

Race Weekend Guide

Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon


Sunday, October 3rd, 2021



2019 Spectator Guide

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

The 2020 version will be available in print form at the Expo. or online soon.


Bright and early at 7:30 a.m. at Grafton High School (doors open at 6:00 am)

How do I get to the start? Take the free shuttle, or have someone drive you there.


The Lakefront Marathon is a USATF certified course starting at Grafton High School. This flat and scenic point-to-point course travels south through rural countryside, quiet neighborhoods and finishes just yards from the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan on the famous Summerfest grounds (200 N Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI).

The Lakefront Marathon has been a Boston Marathon qualifying course for the past 39 years and will be again this year. Runners will enjoy the indoor waiting area until race start at 7:30 am.  Early starts are not allowed due to safety concerns. The course will close 6.5 hours after the start of the race. Runner’s that will not be able to finish by the cut-off may not receive an official time, will need to relinquish their bib due to liability issues and must follow “rules of the road”. We will be pleased to offer your bib back for as long as we are allowed to keep our finish chute open. We sincerely want to see everyone finish what they started!


  • Male and female open 1st-5th places: ($1500/$1000/$500/$250/$100)
  • 1st overall Wisconsin resident male and female: ($250 each)
  • 1st-3rd masters (40+) finishers male and female: ($250/$100/$50)
  • 1st-3rd grand master (50+) finishers male and female: ($250/$100/$50)

$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 times: male: 2:14:09 and female 2:39:15. Winner must adhere to all USATF rules and regulations. 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.


IMPORTANT:  Masks will be required prior to entering the Expo. building and during the entire time indoors.

The Expo will be held on Saturday, October 2nd. Details forthcoming.

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 $25 convenience fee. 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 in Grafton. 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.

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.). Personal bags and backpacks are not allowed on the shuttle buses. Runners who purchased the race day packet pick up option and plan to ride the bus to Grafton can obtain a Lakefront Marathon gear bag from a volunteer at the shuttle bus stop. Extra bags will be available at the start line.


Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers, top male and female masters, and wheelchair winners. Ceremony will begin at approximately 12:15 pm at the Johnson Controls stage.

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.

In addition, awards will be given to the top three in the following divisions: 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+


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

For those who are unable to stay for the awards ceremony, please send a check or money order for $7.50 with name, mailing address, gender and age group to Judy Springer, 2701 North 68th St, Milwaukee, WI 53210. Submit all requests by October 31. Awards will be mailed after October 31.


LFM is pleased to be named the 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.


Food, great beer (yes, you may have more than one) and a finish line party will be waiting for you to enjoy with family and friends. Beer served ONLY to those 21 years and older WITH valid photo ID.