Crossing over the Milwaukee River via the Marsupial Bridge, our runners will next enjoy a short jaunt through what’s known as the Beerline B before they enter Milwaukee’s West Town Neighborhood.
Beerline B is a former industrial corridor along the Milwaukee River. This area was once part of a railroad route used to serve the Schlitz, Pabst and Blatz breweries. Now a neighborhood of modern condominiums, the Beerline is home to the popular Lakefront Brewery. The Lakefront Brewery tour has been ranked the 4th best brewery tour in America. During this stretch of the race, our runners will also pass the old Schlitz Brewery, once the location of the largest beer company in the world and “the beer that made Milwaukee famous.”
Continuing into the West Town Neighborhood, our participants will get to experience a little vintage Milwaukee flavor as they run down Old World Third Street. This neighborhood was once considered the downtown of Milwaukee’s large German population. The area maintains an “old-time” German flavor even today with it’s traditional shops and restaurants lining the cobblestone street. Places of note include Mader’s German Restaurant, Usinger’s Sausages and the Old German Beer Hall. This area was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.
Spectators: A good spot to catch your runner in this neighborhood is around mile 8 at at Pere Marquette Park!
One of the high points on our course is when the marathon and half marathon route takes a turn down Historic Brady Street around mile 5. Stretching nine blocks east to west between Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River, Brady Street was once considered to be Milwaukee’s own “Haight-Ashbury.” It has a vibrant nightlife and in late July is home to the popular Brady Street Festival.
Between 1860 and 1930, Brady Street was home to early Polish, German and Irish immigrants. By 1930s the neighborhood became more predominantly Italian and earned the nickname “Milwaukee’s Little Italy.” Today Brady Street is known for it’s mix of retail shops, ethnic cuisine, coffee shops and salons. Currently there are over 90 businesses in operation on the street.
Several independently owned businesses have called Brady Street their home for many years. Glorioso’s Italian Market
is an independently owned and operated family store celebrating their 70th birthday in 2016. Regano’s Roman Coin
, a favorite family-owned pub, will celebrate their 50 year birthday in October this year. Many of the business owners on this street still live right above their stores.