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Full Marathon

26.2 Miles

What you 
need to know

The 42nd edition of the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon offers participants a unique and scenic route along the shores of Lake Michigan and through downtown Milwaukee. Notably, this marathon is the only race that crosses over the iconic Hoan Bridge, providing runners with breathtaking views of the city and the lake.

As the largest marathon in the state, it attracts runners from all over the country and internationally, eager to experience the beauty of the course and the vibrant atmosphere of Milwaukee. With its picturesque views and challenging course, the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon promises an unforgettable experience for all participants.

race day detail


October 6, 2024



7am Start  Full and Half start together



400 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203

South side of the Baird Center on Wisconsin Ave.

Online Registration

Online registration will remain open until capacity is reached or until October 5, 2024.

There will be NO RACE DAY registration. Last chance is at MLM Expo!


The event is limited to 3000 marathon runners and 2500 half-marathon runners.

Fees are non-refundable.

Bib transfers and distance changes are available through August 31, 2024, unless the race distance has reached capacity.

Water and Bathroom Stops

Each aid station will have water, Gatorade and portable toilets. GU brand gels will be available on the course at three locations. Water stops are located approximately every two miles.

Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon
MLM Elevation 2024

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MaiNtaining Pace on the Hoan Bridge

The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon has applied for permits that require re-opening of streets in a structured timeframe. For your safety and information, we wish to inform you of the following time-frame checkpoints that will be enforced:


Full Marathon participants should be:

On the Hoan Bridge (approx. mile 7.5) by 9:15 am (18:00 min/mile pace).


At the turnaround on the south end of the Hoan Bridge by1:00 pm and at the 26.2-mile finish line by 1:30 pm (14:42 min/mile pace).


NOTE: The Hoan Bridge is not a pedestrian bridge and therefore we cannot allow for “rules of the road” finishes. In the event that you are unable to maintain the above paces, we will ask you to board our SAG wagon or to notify an Aid Station volunteer who will call for a ride taking you to the Finish line which will result in a DNF.


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Saturday, October 5, 2024   9am-6pm

This will be your opportunity to pick up your race packet, attend course talks, pose for photos using our backdrops, visit vendors and shop our extensive merchandise area.

SUNDAY, Oct. 6, 2024   6:30AM - 7:15AM

Can’t or don’t want to get your packet at the Expo?  Take advantage of our race day pick-up. For a convenience fee of $30, your packet will be waiting for you at the start line. This fee only applies to runners who are interested in picking up their materials on Sunday morning instead of the Expo.

  • Race day packet pick-up will be available from 6:30 am to 7:15 am.

  • Participants must have paid the $30 convenience fee in advance (PRIOR TO Saturday, October 5, 2024).  A mandatory $40 fee applies if you want to pick up your bib on race day and did not pay the $30 fee PRIOR to October 5th. Sorry, no exceptions.

  • No refunds will be issued if you decide to pick up your packet at 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 where you may retrieve it after your run. Runners are encouraged not to put valuables in the bag (cellphones, keys, wallets, etc.).

Expo will be located at the Baird Center and is within walking distance of many of the area hotels.

Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon



FREE PARKING for runners & supporters

Henry Maier Festival Grounds

200 N Harbor Drive, Milwaukee


Summerfest Lots H & P


Shuttles to Race Start load from 5:00am-6:15am

NOTEL: Shuttles are for registered runners only

Free parking is available at the Henry Maier Festival Grounds (200 N Harbor Drive, Milwaukee), which will serve as our finish line after-party area.  Half and Full Marathoners should take the provided shuttle buses that will be waiting to take you to the Start line indoor waiting area.  Please note that the bus service to the start is limited to registered Half and Marathoner runners and is not available to spectators (must show bib). Buses will not return to the start line after the race. NOTE:  Host hotels are all within walking distance to the Start line.  Bus service back to the host hotels from the finish line will be available for all registered guests.  Must be on the manifest from our online registration portal.

Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon: Parking


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

If you have a verifiable marathon finish time of Male 2:35/Female 3:05 and wish to be considered for an Elite spot, please contact our Elite Coordinator at


$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

Female:    2:37:39


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 athlete's 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.



26.2 Mile Marathon

The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon is proud to be the 2024 Wisconsin RRCA marathon championship race.

This year, we have awards for: 

• Male and Female 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.

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