Milwaukee Running Festival Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

Sunday, November 6, 2016 • Milwaukee, WI • Course Map

The Milwaukee Running Festival isn’t just a race — it’s a weekend full of events for runners of every level. Founded in 2015, the Milwaukee Running Festival features a full marathon, half marathon, 5K & 1 mile run, all of which take runners on a scenic tour of Milwaukee.

The half marathon (along with the full marathon) begins at 7:00 AM sharp at Veterans Park. From there, runners continue north of the park along Lincoln Memorial Drive alongside Lake Michigan and through Lake Park. At the turnaround, runners keep going south along the other side of the park, past the North Point Lighthouse and southwest toward Brady Street.

Once reaching Brady Street, runners continue west across the Milwaukee River and southwest down streets that run with the river. A west turn on Wisconsin Avenue leads runners toward Marquette University in the University Hill neighborhood, past historic academic buildings and then parting with the full marathon course with a left turn onto 16th Street.

The two courses are rejoined at Bruce Street, after a stint on 16th Street. The half marathon course continues east, crossing the river again. After passing the Henry W. Maier Festival Park and the Marcus Amphitheatre, runners are treated to lakefront views while heading north along the Hank Aaron State Trail. Much of the course’s remainder continues along this trail, heading north until reaching the finish line back at Veterans Park. A finish line festival awaits back at the park, where finishers can celebrate with their family and friends for the rest of the morning and continue into the afternoon.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the Great Lakes region of the north-central United States, Milwaukee regularly experiences cool (and sometimes cold, especially in the mornings) weather, along with year-round moderate precipitation. Snow is also a possibility for November, with 3.7 inches of snow on average for November.

On race day (Nov. 6), the average low is 35ºF and the average high is 50ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Milwaukee Running Festival Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 7:00 AM – marathon, half marathon
  • 7:15 AM – 5K


  • $80 for the half marathon, if registered by June 30, 2016
  • $90 between July 1 – November 3
  • $110 on race day, if not sold out


To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of the Milwaukee Running Festival Half Marathon, register online at here.

Official Race Website

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