Course Preview: Washington Heights and Miller Valley


Now solidly in the second half of the race, our marathon runners will head west on Washington Boulevard into the Washington Heights neighborhood at mile 15. This neighborhood lies on the western edge of Milwaukee and calls itself “In the City, Out of the Ordinary!”  The area began development back in 1839 but grew exponentially with the addition of a streetcar line and the construction of Washington Park in the late 1800s. Today Washington Boulevard is lined with 1920’s Arts and Crafts style houses, including the home of Mayor Tom Barrett.


Spectators: Washington Boulevard will be partying on race morning with the help of the Washington Heights Neighborhood Association. Come to mile 15 to cheer!

But we’re not done yet. Next we’ll loop back eastward on State Street for a nice downhill into the Miller Valley where runners will pass right through the heart of the historic Miller Brewery. The company was founded in 1855 by Frederick Miller when he purchased Plank Road Brewery with $8000 in gold he brought with him from Germany.  Our marathon runners will pass a replica of the original Frederick Miller Plank Road Brewery house at mile 17 and they can start dreaming of that post-race beer courtesy of MillerCoors!





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