#MKERUNFEST Photo Series Week #25: Historic Third Ward


We’re almost to the finish! Really. Just after mile 25 both marathon and half marathon runners will cross the Pittsburgh Street bridge into the Historic Third Ward.  The neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Milwaukee’s oldest center of commerce and warehousing.

The Historic Third Ward is a hub for artistic activity and exhibition within Milwaukee and is currently home to more than 20 galleries and art studios, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD), and the Broadway Theatre Center – which houses the world-renowned Skylight Music Theatre, Renaissance Theatreworks, and Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.

The Third Ward is also adjacent to the Summerfest Grounds. But we’ll get there in a minute…

Source: historicthirdward.org

Runner Profile: Matt McCoy



I started running in April, 2011, at the age of 41. I had run recreationally for a semester back in college, and had a great indoor track which I ran on regularly. At the end of the semester I wound up getting sick, changing schools, and running went by the wayside.

I’d been involved in a Men’s prayer group where peoples’ ages tend to skew older. A number of the members who stayed active into their 80s really had sharp minds, and I thought it could only help me with my own health. I started running on the treadmill and wound up losing 40 pounds, slowing getting into the best shape of my life.

I’ve logged 4400 miles since I’ve started running and have been blessed to finish numerous 5Ks, 10Ks, and 11 half marathons- including being a pacer at the “Biggest Loser” Half Marathon in Racine this past September. It was a lot of fun helping to encourage others! I also finished the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon this month and was blessed to set my PR. This was my 10th Full Marathon.

I finished the Lake Michigan Trail Marathon 50K in 2014 and recently ran 46.93 miles in 90+ degree weather over Labor Day in the Badgerland Striders 12 Hour Run, getting 2nd place in the Day Division! I’m presently training for the Fall 50, a 50 mile Ultra in Door County that I plan to be running the week before the Milwaukee Running Festival Full Marathon.

I’m thankful that God has given me health to run, and a patient family, who is tolerant of my time commitment for running these races. I’ve also learned that runners come in all shapes and sizes, and it is such a wonderful community to be a part of!

#MKERUNFEST Photo Series Week #24: Reed Street Yards

MRFLANDMARK24withstrokeIt’s been a few miles but our marathon runners have now re-joined the half marathon! Just before mile 23 (mile 10 of the half) both distances will approach Reed Street Yards in the Walker’s Point neighborhood. Reed Street Yards is an evolving eco-industrial zone, balancing natural resources and economic development. The area is a mixed-use urban office, educational, research and technology zone focused on the global water industry.

Reed Street Yards has adopted green building guidelines to promote sustainable development and ensure building performance. The area features a “purple pipe” for development-wide water recycling and permeable paving to capture stormwater runoff.

A little over 3 miles to go until the finish!

Runner Profile: Sara Dutton


I started running at age 64. I ran some 5Ks but for the last 2 years I have thought about running a half marathon. My husband and daughter run marathons and triathlons so I thought I’d get on-board. My first half was in Racine on September 13, 2015. I ran a 2:45 and came in 2nd in my age group! I was the oldest and the only 68-year-old (out of both men and women). Now I want to see how I do in a larger setting at the Milwaukee Running Festival. Since then my training has ramped up and my pace is faster. There is something empowering, knowing you can run 13.1 miles. I now feel like I can do whatever I set my mind to!

Thanks for sharing Sara and good luck to you at half marathon #2 on November 1st! 

You can read more of our Runner Profiles here. If you would like to submit your story, please send it to tracey@milwaukeerunningfestival.com