DoLittle Marathon

DoLittle Marathon

DoLittle Marathon

( 1 review )
100% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Waukesha,
    United States
  • September
  • 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon
  • Road Race
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Ben Lamers

Shorewood, Wisconsin, United States
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Ben Lamers's thoughts:

The DoLittle Marathon is one of a few Full (and shorter distances) options in SE Wisconsin in the Fall. It’s always sometime in September, but the date varies. This year, it was on Labor Day weekend. Usually the race is in Waukesha and is an out and back in the Glacial Drumlin bike path.

However, 2020 isn’t normal, so adjustments were made. Instead the race moved to Oconomowoc (another suburb of Milwaukee) and would be on the Lake Country bike trail. Needing a smaller footprint the race had a 5k turnaround, 1 full out and back for the 10k, 2 for the Half, and 4 for the Full. There were no official aid stations, but runners were able to have their own water/gels/whatever at a bag drop at mile 2/4 and at the start/finish.

The race started at the north side of Roosevelt Park, making parking ridiculously easy as there is ample street parking on that side of the park. Packet pickup was near the start (I picked up my stuff on Friday) and allegedly there was a bathroom over there. There’s also a bathroom on the south side of the park.

It was rainy and windy at the start of the rain, so most everyone waited until the last possible minute to lineup. In 2020, Silver Circle Sports (event organizers) have been doing a spaced out staggered start, or a wave start if you will. So everyone lined up, and away we went.

The Lake Country trail is your standard bike path. South for about 1.5 miles, then a turn East, then one more short turn south. Turn around, and do it all in reverse. It’s a fairly open trail, so on a windy day (which we had) you really get buffeted around depending on direction you’re running vs wind. Fortunately, it wasn’t sunny because you can forget about shade.

Doing the Full, I had four out and backs waiting for me. Personally, I kind of liked this because it broke down the race easier (for me) and you get a chance to see everyone else multiple times in the race. I should note that only the Full and Half were on Sunday, while the 5k, 10k, and another Half ran on Saturday.

If you’re someone who needs to feed off of other runners or crowds, this race wouldn’t be your cup of tea. Especially this year. But it’s a smaller race on a flat course.

As always, SCSE puts on an amazing event, even with the curveballs COVID has thrown. I can probably speak for everyone at the race and say a big THANK YOU to them for being able and willing to host an in-person Marathon, and a bunch of other events, this year.

All in all, the DoLittle is a smaller race (usually a BQ Certified race on the standard course) that has everything you need from a Marathon. Oh, and it’s flat AF.

Overall, a great race and experience

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