Packet Pick-Up: At Performance Running Outfitters in Shorewood. I would suggest having it somewhere else next time, as the location was somewhat confusing to find and there's only street parking. Otherwise, you could pick your packet up and shop if you wished. I was in and out in less than 10 minutes.
All participants got a long-sleeved shirt (cotton/poly blend, super soft!) in unisex sizing. There were lots of other race flyers in the packet, along with a keychain bottle opener.
The race was timed, with the timing chip on the back of the bib.
Parking was kind of a nightmare, as the lots at Veteran's Park are on the smaller side. There is also street parking. The start/finish area was clearly marked and runners were told to go into their "wave" corrals according to their anticipated pace. Walkers were told to go to the end of the start area. There was about a 2-3 minute wait in between each wave.
The course was on the paved paths around Veteran's Park. The aid station was at about mile 1.3 with water being handed out by volunteers on both sides of the path. There were lots of benches and picnic tables for the spectators to sit on/at. Little to no change in elevation. Very easy course, especially if this is someone's first 5K.
Post-Race: Photo area with a backdrop featuring the logo. Water, bananas, and bags of chips given out at the finish. A few local sponsors with tents that I think were also doing photo booth stuff. Music was played before, during, and after the race. All participants received a free beer and a coupon for a free Bloody Mary at Blue's Egg, Story Hill BKC, or Maxie's.
The medal featured Milwaukee landmarks and doubles as a bottle opener.
Overall: A fun race for a beginning runner, as the course is flat and the scenery keeps your mind from getting bored. Easy for spectators to watch and cheer on the runners. The shirt is good quality (I've been cozied up in mine since yesterday!) and getting a free Bloody Mary at my favorite restaurant makes it worth it! The medal is cool and serves a dual purpose. I would recommend this race!