Course Information

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 along the shores of Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee. The Lakefront Marathon has been a Boston Marathon qualifying course for 38 years…soon to be 39!

2019 route maps

Map with mile markers and elevation chart.

NOTE: For those of you who are overly concerned about the map showing over 26.2 miles, please know that this is an “online tool” ONLY.  Our course has been expertly measured according to USATF sanctioning requirements by a certified expert who has not mis-measured a course in over 35 years.  At the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon you will run a marathon distance.

Map with aid station

Water Stops and Porta Potties

Each aid station will have water, Lemon-lime Endurance Formula Gatorade, and portable toilets. GU brand gels (Tri-berry and Salted Caramel)  will be available on the course at approximately miles 7.5 and 19.5. Water stops are located approximately every two miles.

Runner Tracking

The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon will have many timing mats along the course so that your friends and family can receive text messages of your progress.  Details on signing up for the text notifications will be made available closer to race day.