Seven Bridges Hiking Trail Grant Park Beach Oak Leaf Trail

Registration

Registration for the Lake Michigan Trail Marathon Opens on February 3, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

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Seven Bridges Hiking Trail

Lake Michigan Trail Marathon Information

Date

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Events

  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
  • 50k
  • 20-Mile "Training Run"

Event Details

The Marathon course will be 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:

  • Marathon - 9.5-mile loop to the south, 6.8-mile out-and-back to the north, 9.5-mile loop to the south, plus extra mileage in Sheridan Park to finish.
  • Half Marathon - 9.5-mile loop to the south, 3.6-mile out-and-back to the north.
  • 50k - 9.5-mile loop to the south, 6.8-mile out-and-back to the north, 9.5-mile loop to the south, 5.4-mile out-and-back to the north
  • 20-mile Training Run - 9.5-mile loop to the south, 6.8-mile out-and-back to the north, 3.7-mile out-and-back to the south

All runners will receive a tech shirt and runners in the Marathon, Half Marathon and 50k will get a high-quality bag embroidered with the race logo. Finishers in those three races will also receive a very unique (and large) medal.

Course Map

The map is being created. you can view current progress here:
Lake Michigan Trail Marathon Map

Course Description

Section 1 – Sheridan Park to Grant Park Beach (4.5 miles). This section includes a small amount of road at the start and then the rest is paved trail. It is mostly flat but there is a couple of rolling hills and a sharp downhill to the beach. There is an aid station 2 miles from Sheridan Park on the Oak Leaf Trail and another one at the beach.

Section 2 – Grant Park Beach (1.2 miles). This is the beach portion of the course. The tide situation will dictate the best lane to use to avoid the softer sand. There are a few tricky areas where runners will need to navigate around barriers, but the best way through will be well-marked.

Section 3 – Seven Bridges Hiking Trail to Sheridan Park (3.5 miles). This section is a mixed bag of terrain. Once off the beach, runners will head on to the Seven Bridges Hiking Trail. Much of it is stone and there are several steps, and some up hill sections. The trail will veer to the north and will take runners through a grassy section near Grant Park Picnic Area #7 and will cut behind the large apartment building just north of Grant Park and then hook up with 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. At one brief point the trail connects with the Oak Leaf, which where aid station 1 is. 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 4 – 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, 2 and 3 once. The marathon and 50k runners will traverse those sections twice, and the 20-milers will do part of it a second time. Section 4 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 3 and head back to Sheridan Park. The 50k runners will do most or all of section 4 a second time.

Course Rules and Reminders

  • Pacing from non-registered participants is not allowed.
  • The entire course will be open to the public. Please be mindful of cyclists, strollers, hikers, roller bladers and people walking dogs. If you are coming up from behind them you may want to communicate your presence.
  • Do not throw any garbage on the trails. You could be disqualified if you are seen littering. There will be plenty of trash receptacles near the aid stations.
  • Please do not leave the trails for any reason.
  • There will be medical personnel at every aid station. We will also have volunteers stationed at other points on the course.
  • The course will be marked with signs and arrows. Please pay attention to where you are going.
  • Headphones are allowed but discouraged. You will need to be able to hear at all times due to the potential for cyclists or other runners coming up from behind you.
  • There will be a spot for drop bags in Sheridan Park near the finish line. All participants will pass this spot at least once during the race (marathon runners will pass it twice, and 50k runners three times)

Course Tours/Training Runs

We will be holding two course runs: Saturday, July 12 and Saturday, August 9, both at 7 a.m. We will start in front of the Patrick Cudahy statue on Sheridan Drive (where Layton Avenue dead ends into Sheridan Park). There will be two distance options: the south loop (approximately 9.5 miles) or the entire course (approximately 15.5 miles). We will mark the course as best as possible and give a short talk before the run to let everyone know what to do. We will provide water and sports drink at Sheridan Park (start/finish/mile 9.5), but it is recommended that you bring your own drinks. You can run at whatever pace you'd like. Our course leader will try to stick to around a 9 to 9:30 pace. If the weather is bad, we may re-schedule. Check back here for updates.

Aid Stations

  • 1 - Oak Leaf Trail near the north entrance to Grant Park
  • 2 - Grant Park Beach
  • 3 – Sheridan Park
  • 4 - Oak Leaf Trail along Lake Drive near the Stark Investments complex in St. Francis
  • 5 - South Shore Beach

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, SW.O.R.D and other nutrition products to be announced.

Parking

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 Fees and Capacities

Registration opens February 1. The fees are:

  • Marathon - $70 February 1 to June 30; $80 July 1 to August 27; $80 on race-day. Capacity is 300.
  • Half Marathon - $45 February 1 to June 30; $55 July 1 to August 27; $55 on race-day. Capacity is 400.
  • 50k - $80 February 1 to June 30; $90 July 1 to August 27; $90 on race-day. Capacity is 300.
  • 20-Mile Training Run - $20 all the time!. Capacity is 200.

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.

Charity Partners

We will be raising money for the Friends of Grant Park and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of American (Wisconsin Chapter). These are two 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:

Friends of Grant Park
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America

Awards & Finisher Medals

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 boss medal when they cross the finish line.

Schedule of Events

  • Packet Pickup – 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., Sheridan Park Picnic Area #1
  • Start of 50k – 6 a.m.
  • Start of Marathon – 6:30 a.m.
  • Start of 20-Mile Training Run – 7 a.m.
  • Start of Half Marathon – 7:30 a.m.
  • Awards Ceremony for top 3 overall male/female finishers – Noon

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.

Advance Packet Pickup

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, August 30.

Travel Information

We have two blocks of hotel rooms booked for our out-of-town guests:

Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport 414-764-5300, $120 Rate
Ramada Plaza Milwaukee Airport 414-764-1500, $88 Rate

Both hotels are 6 miles from the start/finish line. The drive is about 10 minutes.

Refund/Transfer Policy

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.

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