Wisconsin > Summerfest Rock & Sole Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon & 5K
Milwaukee, WI • Saturday, June 15, 2013 • Course Map
Timed to take place the weekend prior to Milwaukee's annual Summerfest Music Festival -- which has drawn acts in past years ranging from bands like the Jayhawks, the Flaming Lips and Maroon 5 to Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj over its nearly two weeks of music -- the Summerfest Rock & Sole Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon & 5K makes its 3rd annual running on the morning of the final day of the festival.
The race takes runners over a course that unfolds almost entirely along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, along an out-and-back course that starts and finishes near Milwaukee's Lakeshore State Park overlooking the water. From there, runners first head south along Harbor Drive and then turn onto the Lake Freeway, which will take them across the Milwaukee River by way of the Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge, named for the city's former mayor and once used (before it was fully completed) for filming a scene in The Blues Brothers.
After runners cross over the bridge and follow the Lake Freeway three miles south, they'll hit the turnaround point at the mile 3 marker and then head north back along Lake Freeway and back over the bridge toward Lakeshore Park. The second half of the 13.1-mile route unfolds next along Lincoln Memorial Drive, a big, four-lane highway separated by a grassy median with plentiful trees that hugs the shoreline of Lake Michigan.
Runners will follow Lincoln Memorial Drive as it curves along right past a series of parks along the lake, including Veterans Park, McKinley Park and Lake Park, where the route reaches its northernmost point at about the mile 9 marker. Right after they pass the mile 9 point, runners then turn into the grounds of Lake Park and head along the park roads and trails, including portions of the Oakleaf Trail.
The last few miles of the race bring the field southwest past Bradford Beach and through North Point and Back Bay Parks along North Terrace Avenue and East Lafayette Place, before turning runners back across Lincoln Memorial Drive for the last mile and a half, which concludes the race with the trails that wind through Veterans Park and past the Milwaukee Art Museum, for the finish line back at the site of Summerfest.
In order to finish the race by the 12 noon closing time -- race organizers will be allowed to have runners on the Doan Bridge and Lincoln Memorial Drive only for a limited period -- runners will need to maintain a pace of 15 minutes per mile or faster.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in southeastern Wisconsin along the shores of Lake Michigan, about 90 miles north of Chicago, Milwaukee typically sees June temperatures that average between 59°F and 77°F, while rainfall totals average just over 3.6 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (June 15), the average low is 59°F and the average high is 77°F.
View the race route map for the Summerfest Half Marathon
$60 for the half marathon, if registered by December 31, 2012
$70 between January 1 - March 14, 2013
$80 between March 15 - May 31
$90 between June 1 - 12
$115 at the race expo
To reserve your spot in the mid-summer 2013 running of Milwaukee's Summerfest Rock & Sole Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon or 5K race, register online at SignMeUp.com.
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