Yes!  The course been a Boston qualifier for 38 years–soon to be 39!

If you signed up for registration refund insurance during online registration you will have to contact the third party service.  HERE IS HOW


The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon will allow for 75 deferrals on a first-need basis.  There will be a processing charge of $25.  We sincerely hope that you are able to participate this year but if not, we hope you hear great things about us this year and will sign up again when registration opens for next year.  Learn how to defer HERE

The race starts at 7:30 am and you must maintain a pace to finish in 6.5 hours (2pm).  If you are behind pace at the halfway point of our event, we will kindly inform you and offer a shuttle ride to the finish line.  Our course will systimatically close as the cutoff times are met.  If you decide to continue, you must follow “rules of the road” and participate at your own risk.

The expo and packet pick-up will be held on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 from 9am-6pm.  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 picure ID.

Race Day packet pick up is available to those who selected the option PRIOR to Octover 4th.  In the event you do NOT pick up your bib, they may be available  at the start line for an additional $30 fee payable at that time.   NO EXCEPTIONS.

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

Details of Expo here!

We understand that shirt brands and styles may fit diferently 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 finish area (merchandise tent) on Sunday and exchange it for whatever sizes may be available.  Strictly based on a first-come basis.

FREE Transportation to the Start.

We encourage runners to use the free shuttle bus service to the start area. Please note that the bus service to the start is only for registered runners. The buses going to the start do not return to the parking area or the finish line. Runners can get on the shuttle buses at the following locations:

  • General Race Day Parking at the Henry Meier Festival Grounds (200 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202).  Buses load from 5:15am-6:15am
  • Courtyard by Marriott-downtown Milwaukee

Parking at the Festival Grounds is free to runners AND spectators.  The finish line is right across the street.

Portable toilets will be available near the shuttle bus pick up area.

FREE Transportation to the Start for RUNNERS ONLY(see question above)

Runners can also be dropped off at Grafton High School on race morning but there is very limited parking.  Some area businesses have offered their parking lots to us but please be respectful of their hospitality and definately do NOT park in any lot that does not have an “official” Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon volunteer directing traffic.

NOTE:  We do not offer transportation from the finish to Grafton High School after the start of the race.

Pacers for 2019 will cover finish times ranging from approx. 3:15 to 6:30. Check out the pace team table at the expo for more details and to meet the pacers.  See our awesome pacers HERE!

All runners will receive an official Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon drop bag at packet pick up.  Put your items in that bag ONLY and drop it off at the truck parked near the start line.  Items not retrieved after the race will be discarded and donated.  Please do not 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.

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

Several flavors of  GU brand gels will be available on the course at approximately miles 7.5 and 19.5.

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.  It is YOUR responsibility to know the USATF rules.

Awards ceremony will take place on the entertainment stage at approximately 12:15pm for Overall and Age Group winners.
If you would like to have your age group award mailed to you please send a check for $7.50 payable to: ‘Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon’ by no later than October 31, 2019.
Please send the check, your name, and mailing address to
Judy Springer
2701 North 68th Street
Milwaukee WI  53210
Awards will be mailed shortly after October 31.


No, non-registered spectators are not allowed on the race course.  Course Marshalls will act as additional official reviewers and are instructed to report any infractions, which may result in runner penalties, including disqualification.

Hydration packs will be allowed but hey must be placed inside the clear “after race” bag that will be supplied to each runner at the Expo.  as they travel to the start.  The staff and volunteers of the Lakefront Marathon reserve the right to inspect any runner bags.

The Lakefront Marathon is a fast course and we are very excited to have many “elite” runners competing against one another, themselves and for the increased prize money including a $5,000 BONUS for the first Male and Female with a USOC Marathon Trials qualifying time.  If you consider yourself an “elite” please contact Kyle Fraser at: kylefraser@aol.com for information/benefits.  Our generous guidelines are:  Male (2:45) Female (3:10)

We’d love to have you.

Top 3 overall awards (M/F) will be subject to a standard testing for performance enhancers.  Prize money will be mailed to athletes as soon as tests conclude negative.  The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon does not condone nor accept any atheletes 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.


Thank you in advance for helping to make our event better!