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Is this a Boston Marathon qualifying race?

Yes!  The course will be a Boston qualifier just like it has for 41 years!

I can no longer run. Can I get my money back, transfer my entry or defer it to next year?

The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon has the following transfers available through September 13, 2024, for a $10 fee.

  • Transfer to a different distance (As even capacity allows)

  • Transfer to a virtual event

  • Transfer bib to another participant

There are no deferrals available.


In addition, very low-cost race insurance is available through a 3rd party on our registration site.  Please read carefully and contact the provider with any questions as this is only a service from the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon and we have no involvement with the option.

I would like to transfer from the half to the full or vice-versa...

Transfers are available through September 13, 2024, or until a race distance capacity is reached. 

What is the cut-off time? Can I walk?

Full and Half marathons are 7 hour cutoff. Please follow this link for pacers: Course Pace Information

When is the expo/packet pick-up?

The expo and packet pick-up will be held on Saturday, October 5th.  If you are unable to attend the Expo, you may have your race bib picked up by another as long as they have a copy of your confirmation and a signed statement authorizing them to do so.  Those picking up bibs will need to show picture ID.

Race Day packet pick-up is available to those who selected the option PRIOR to October 5th.  In the event you do NOT pick up your bib at the expo, they may be available at the start line for an additional $40 fee payable at that time.   NO EXCEPTIONS.  NO BIB–NO ENTRY.

Please come to the Expo!  It’s worth it!

Details of Expo here!

Can I exchange my shirt for another size?

We understand that shirt brands and styles may fit differently from what you normally order and we certainly want you to be happy so we will gladly exchange shirts AFTER the race.  You may bring your shirt to the merchandise store on Sunday and exchange it.  Sizes are based on a first-come availability and are not guaranteed.

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Best place to park on race day?

Parking will be available right across the street from our finish line area.  Walk to the start line is approx. 1/3 mile from your car.  Check out the information on our “Event Details” in the Race Weekend tab on our website.

Is there a pace team?

2024 Lakefront Marathon Pacers will be available for the Half and Full marathon distances.  Bio’s and times will be announced this Summer.

Is there a bag drop?

All runners will receive an official Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon drop bag when picking up your bib.  Put your items in that bag ONLY–loose backpacks or other “non-official” bags will not be accepted.  Slip your bib bag tag onto the drawstring and tie a knot on the bag.  Items not retrieved after the race will be discarded and donated.  Please do not put your car keys, cell phone, wallet, or other items of value in your drop bag as race management will NOT be responsible for lost items

What will I find at the aid stations?

Each aid station will have water, Lemon-lime Endurance Formula Gatorade, Vasoline, bandages and portable toilets.

GU brand gels will be available at three aid stations on the marathon course and one on the half marathon course.

Can I use headphones?

Headphones are allowed on the course although discouraged because of safety concerns.

IF you plan to compete for any overall or Age Group awards, please DO NOT wear headphones as they will disqualify you per USATF rules.  It is YOUR responsibility to know the USATF rules.  Officials will be on the course monitoring activity and we do not want to see anyone disappointed so plan ahead.

How do I get my Age Group award?

Awards ceremony will take place on the entertainment stage at approximately 11:ooam for Overall and Age Group winners.

If you would like to have your age group award mailed to you please send a check for $20 payable to: ‘Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon’ by no later than October 31, 2023.

Please send the check, your name, and mailing address to

Milwaukee Lakefront Maratrhon

11310 W Upham Ave

Hales Corners, WI 53130


Awards will be mailed shortly after October 31.

Can my friends or pet join me on the course?

No, non-registered spectators are not allowed on the race course.  This includes any type of pacer who is in the traffic lane adjacent to our secured course.  Our Course Marshalls will act as additional official reviewers and are instructed to report any infractions, which may result in runner penalties, including disqualification.

For safety reasons, we also do not allow animals on the course.

Are hydration packs allowed? 

Hydration packs will be allowed.  The staff and volunteers of the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon reserve the right to inspect any runner bags

Will you have "elite" runners attending?

The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon will be offering a limited number of comped entries into our marathon distance.  In addition to 4 elite bottle stations and the overall 1st-5th place cash awards/trophies, we will be offering a $5,000 bonus for the first Male and/or Female that bests our fastest recorded Lakefront Marathon time (M: 2:14:09/F: 2:37:39). 

How do you guarantee that the race is fair to all?

The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon does not condone nor accept any athletes that do not adhere to all of the policies and rules of the USATF.  Any violations will result in disqualification and athlete may be barred from competing at the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon for a period of 5 years.  It is the athletes responsibility to know the rules of the USATF.

I have a suggestion - who do I contact?

We appreciate having you and welcome your suggestions and feedback.

Are jogging strollers or pets allowed on the 1/2 and full marathon course?

Unfortunately, due to some of the width of our course, insurance coverage and courtesy to all, we will not allow strollers, wagons or pets for the half and full marathon.

Are strollers or pets allowed for Walk The Hoan?

Yes strollers are welcome on the Walk The Hoan event. Dogs are too, but they must be leashed.

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