The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon is a USATF Certified Course that starts in front of Grafton High School on Hwy. 60 (about one mile west of I-43). This flat and scenic point-to-point course travels south through rural countryside, quiet north shore neighborhoods and finishes along the shores of Lake Michigan. You can qualify for the Boston Marathon by doing the Lakefront Marathon!
The race is limited to 3500 marathon runners. Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. A limited number of deferrals will be allowed to 2020 for a nominal fee but will close when capacity is reached. Registration will open on Jan. 20, 2019.
The race starts at 7:30 a.m. The race course will close at 2:00 p.m., or 6.5 hours after the race start. No early starts are allowed. There is no guarantee that times will be recorded after course closing.
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Event Details and Schedule
Expo and Packet Pickup: Expo hours are from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. The expo will be held at the UWM Student Union ballroom. The address is 2200 E Kenwood Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53211. We will have 30 or more booths – including national vendors. Marathon participants are encouraged to pick up their packets at the expo. Bring a photo ID. You can have someone else pick up your packet. The person that you authorize to pick up your packet must bring a copy of your ID and a copy of their own ID. Race day packet pickup at Grafton High School will be available if you have paid a $25 convenience fee by Oct. 4, 2019.
Start Time: The race starts at 7:30 a.m. at Grafton High School.
Transportation to the Start: Continuous bus service from the Henry Maier Festival Grounds, also known as Summerfest (692 E Chicago St) to the starting line will be available to all runners from 5:15 a.m. to 6:15 a.m. There is no charge for this transportation. If driving to the start yourself, please allow adequate time as congestion near Grafton High School can be expected. Participants are urged to park at the festival grounds and take the bus to the start. We cannot provide transportation back to the start area after the race for marathon participants.
A shuttle to the start is also available from our host hotel, The Westin. It will leave the hotel at 6 a.m. sharp.
Starting Area: The Grafton High School facilities will be open at 6:00 a.m. to runners and their guests prior to the start. Additional toilet facilities and an aid station will also be provided.
Note: The starting time is 7:30 a.m.!
Aid Stations: Water, Gatorade, the “Official Thirst Quencher”, Portables and friendly volunteers will be available at 13 locations. GU available at two aid stations.
Finish Line Refreshments: Plenty of food, water, soda and beer will be available at the finish area. (no cost to runners). Food trucks will also be available for additional food choices.
Have family and friends that may want to participate in a family-friendly 5K while you’re running the 26.2? Have them check out the LFM 5K: https://runsignup.com/Race/WI/Milwaukee/MilwaukeeLakefrontMarathon5K It’s even FREE for those under the age of 10!