- 13.1/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, 50K, Other
- Trail Race
I highly recommend this event! All four distances offered truly seemed to run without a hitch. This is NOT a highly polished urban race an it's important that you're comfortable with that. You need to come prepared to stay alert and aware of your surroundings.
The course lack nothing. Aid stations every 2 - 2.5miles, and the course has three sections a loop to the south and to out and backs to the north. The Northbound out and back offers a lovely paved lakefront path with a lovely view of the Milwaukee skyline. The north loop is a mixture of just about every terrain you might desire, some pavement, lots of trees, some single track trails, some multi-use trails, stairs, bridges and so on.
The course is fairly consistent rolling hills... no notable name-worthy climbs, but if you're doing most of you running on flat-roads then you'll start feeling the gentle rollers by the second half of your race. The volunteers were all wonderful, but keep in mind that this is a small fairly "old school" race, and as such the marshals are spread out, you you need to be responsible for looking for the course markings.
The course is very well marked, but again, listen to the race directors instructions so you don't get lost. Edited to add: the most technical part of the course is a 4-5ish mile section on the 9.5 mile loop (which you run twice for the marathon and 50k distances) you can for sure run a fast time on this course, but you'll want to take this trial section in the late miles into account. Many people hit the trail loop the second time and cramp up because of the turning and varied terrain.
If I were on the race management team I would ban headphones for this event. The are allowed but gently discouraged. THE ONE AND ONLY thing I would negatively comment on were people who were wearing headphones and during the trail portions couldn't hear runners coming who needed to pass. This is dangerous as some parts of the path are very narrow with a drop off one side.
Trust me, even if you typically run with music you will be totally fine here, there is so much to look at and hear!
In other news, the race organizers had a great variety of music playing at the park where the start/finish area was.
All distances are chip-timed, and all finishers EXCEPT for the 20mi training run (which is only $20!) receive a medal.