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!
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.
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.
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.
At mile 8, both marathon and half marathon runners will head down Wisconsin Avenue, also known as Milwaukee’s “Main Street”. Wisconsin Avenue runs the entire east-west width of the city and is the center of Milwaukee’s downtown business district. Highlights include the Grand Avenue Mall, the Wisconsin Center and the Milwaukee Central Library.
During this stretch our runners will also pass through the heart of Marquette University’s 93-acre campus. The university was established in 1881 by John Martin Henni, the first Bishop of Milwaukee. Marquette is a Catholic Jesuit school named after the missionary and explorer Father Jacques Marquette. In 1909 Marquette became the first co-ed Catholic university in the world, and today it has a student body of about 12,000.
Look for a campus party to be happening on Wisconsin Avenue on race day!
Spectators: Marquette’s campus will be another great spot to catch a runner in either the full or half marathon. The half marathon will split from the full at the corner of 16th and Wisconsin, with marathon runners continuing west while half marathon runners head south, looping back to the finish. Take a look at our interactive course map here.
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.”