After the marathon and half marathon split at Marquette University, marathon runners will continue heading west on Wisconsin Avenue on their 26.2 mile journey. When they reach 27th street they will enter what is known as the Historic Concordia Neighborhood. This area was named after Concordia College, which used to be located in the neighborhood on West State Street.
In the early 1900s, Concordia was home to Milwaukee’s most prominent and affluent families, however many of the neighborhood’s great Victorian mansions were demolished in the 50s, 60s and 70s. During the mid-80s, neighborhood residents banded together to start bringing the area back to it’s original glory. Together they formed the Historic Concordia Neighbors, Inc. HCNI began working with homeowners to repair and restore houses in the neighborhood.
Today the Concordia Neighborhood is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Many of the larger homes have been converted into bed and breakfasts and in 2000 the area was designated as The Milwaukee Bed and Breakfast District.
Spectators: West Wisconsin Avenue in the Historic Concordia Neighborhood will be a great place to catch your runner after they split from the larger half marathon crowd. Give them a little pick-me-up as they settle to the middle portion of the race. Also, HCNI will be out in force on race day hosting an aid station for our marathon runners on West Wisconsin Avenue!