Course Preview: The Final Miles

At mile 22, marathon runners will rejoin the half marathon runners as they make their through one of Milwaukee’s oldest neighborhoods, Walker’s Point. A mixed residential and industrial neighborhood, Walker’s Point has seen a lot off recent developments and is now home to many popular bars and restaurants. Also in Walker’s Point is Reed Street Yards, a global water technology park focusing on water research and manufacturing that our runners will pass through at mile 23. You’ll find Performance Running Outfitters hosting a Packers-themed aid station in Walker’s Point as well!

Spectators: Great Lakes Distillery will be the site of one of our Spectator Parties. Creative artisan distillery drinks and jammin’ beats from DJ Shawna and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee‘s Marcus Doucette will liven up this prime corner location.

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The final miles of the marathon will take our runners back onto Milwaukee’s lakefront via the beautiful Lakeshore State Park. Formerly known as Harbor Island, Lakeshore State Park is the only urban state park in Wisconsin. Runners will wind their way through the 22-acre park behind Summerfest Grounds before passing Discovery World and the Milwaukee Art Museum on their way to the finish line at Veterans Park.

Runners: The Milwaukee Running Group- OMG will be hosting the aid station at mile 24.5 to help give you that final push to the finish!

Course Preview: Hank Aaron State Trail

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After leaving the Miller Valley, our runners will hop on the Hank Aaron State Trail just before mile 20. Here they will find themselves passing through Three Bridges Park. Once part of an abandoned rail yard, this area has since been transformed into a 24-acre park planted with native vegetation. The Urban Ecology Center currently uses Three Bridges Park as an outdoor science classroom to give kids hands-on experiences to explore waterways, native flora and fauna, and regional history.

Spectators:  The Hank Aaron Trail at the Urban Ecology Center would be a great area to catch your runner before they embark on the final 10K of the race.

 

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Three Bridges Park will lead directly into Mitchell Park, home of the Mitchell Park Conservatory (a.k.a. “The Domes.”) The original Mitchell Park Conservatory was built in 1898 but was demolished in 1955 after it was determined to be unsafe and impractical to repair. A design competition won by local architect Donald Grieb produced the plans for the new conservatory- a design that featured three beehive-shaped glass domes that allowed 15,000 square feet of growing space for plant displays. The domes feature a diverse array of plant life from three distinct climates: Desert, Tropical and Floral.


Runners: 
Mitchell Park also is home to the Journey House Packer Stadium. Be prepared to take a lap around the field at mile 21!