Registration for the Lake Michigan Trail Marathon Opens on February 3, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
The Marathon course is USATF-certified and a Boston Marathon qualifier. This will be one of the last races to quality for Boston before its mid-September cutoff date.
Capacity for all 4 events combined is 1,200 runners
All events will take runners on a unique journey on the scenic trails along the South Shore of Lake Michigan. Runners will experience the Oak Leaf Trail, the Seven Bridges Hiking Trail, the Forked Aster Hiking Trail and the Grant Park Beach. The course will start and finish at Sheridan Park in Cudahy and also go through four other Milwaukee County Parks: Warnimont Park, Grant Park, Bay View Park and South Shore Park. The majority of the course is on the flat, paved Oak Leaf Trail, but the portions along the beach and on the hiking trails will be a little more challenging. Still, this is the perfect race for beginning or inexperienced trail runners.
There will be two sections of the course: a 9.5-mile loop to the south from Sheridan Park to Grant Park and back; and a 6.8-mile out-and-back to the north from Sheridan Park to South Shore Park. Runners in all four events will start with the 9.5 loop to the south. Details of each course are as follows:
All runners will receive a high-quality technical shirt and goody bag, and all finishers will receive a medal.
The map is being created. you can view current progress here:
Lake Michigan Trail Marathon Map
Section 1 – Sheridan Park to Grant Park (5.3 miles). This section includes a small amount of road at the start and then the rest is paved trail until the turnaround around Mile 4.2 in Grant Park. Then it will take Grant Park Drive about 1.1 miles north to the Seven Bridges Trailhead. It is mostly flat but there is a couple of rolling hills. There is an aid station 2 miles from Sheridan Park on the Oak Leaf Trail and another one at the turnaround.
Section 2 – Seven Bridges Hiking Trail to Sheridan Park (4.2 miles). This section is a mixed bag of terrain, with dirt trails, wooden bridges, rocks and even some steps. The trail will veer to the north and will take runners through a grassy section near Grant Park Picnic Area #7 before getting back on the Oak Leaf Trail for a short distance, and then picking up the Forked Astor Hiking Trail in Warnimont Park. There is a maze of paths back there so runners will have to pay close attention to the course markings. Although the Forked Astor is mainly flat, it can be slow due to the many winding paths. The hiking trails come to an end just south of the Cudahy Gun Club and at that point runners will get back on the Oak Leaf Trail and follow that into Sheridan Park, where aid station 3 is located.
Section 3 – Oak Leaf Trail from Sheridan Park to South Shore Beach (6.8 miles, out-and-back). The entire section consists of the paved Oak Leaf Trail and has some rolling hills, but none very steep. Aid station 4 is located about 2 miles south of Sheridan Park, right off Lake Drive in St. Francis. Aid station 5 is another 1.5 miles down the trail at South Shore Beach (the turnaround point).
All participants will cover sections 1 and 2 once. The marathon and 50k runners will traverse those sections twice, and the 20-milers will do part of it a second time. Section 3 will be covered in its entirely by the 50k runners, the marathoners and the 20-milers, while the half marathoners will turn around at aid station 4 and head back to Sheridan Park.
The furthest distance between aid stations will be 2.5 miles. Many of the aid stations can be used multiple times depending on the location and the event. The stations will have water, sports drink and other nutrition products to be announced.
Parking is available in the Cudahy High School Parking lot, which can be accessed from Pulaski Street. Take Lake Drive to Pulaski, turn east (toward the lake) and the parking lot will be on the left side. The starting line and packet pickup area are about two blocks north of the parking lot. There is also plenty of parking in Sheridan Park and on city streets near the Cudahy High School Football Stadium.
Registration opens February 1. The fees are:
Note that the 20-mile training run will not be timed, finishers will not receive medals, and there will not be awards. Participants will receive a shirt. This event is meant to be a training run for people running in fall marathons like Fox Cities, Lakefront, Chicago or Twin Cities. The advantage of paying $20 and doing our event instead of going out on your own: a fancy shirt, refreshments on the course, and a competitive race-day experience.
We will be raising money for the Friends of Grant Park, Friends of Sheridan Park and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of American (Wisconsin Chapter). These are worthy organizations and we are honored to partner with them to further their missions. To find out more about each organization click on the links below:
The top 3 male and female overall finishers in the Marathon, Half Marathon and 50k will receive special awards. The top 3 male and female finishers in the following age groups will also receive awards: 19 and Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and Over. All finishers in these three events will receive a medal when they cross the finish line.
All races will start in Sheridan Park, near the intersection of Sheridan Drive & Layton Avenue.
All runners must be off the course by 2 p.m.
If you do not want to pick up your packet on race-day, you may pick up at Performance Running Outfitters, 2205 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 5.
We have two blocks of hotel rooms booked for our out-of-town guests:
Both hotels are 6 miles from the start/finish line. The drive is about 10 minutes.
We do not allow refunds or transfers of entries to other people. If you would like to switch from one distance to another, please contact us at least one week before the race and we can accommodate that request.