South Shore Half Marathon

Saturday, April 6, 2024 • Milwaukee, WI • Course Map

Several hundred runners come out each year to take part in Milwaukee’s South Shore Half Marathon, one of 15 races hosted throughout the year by the locally based Badgerland Striders running club, and one that’s also sponsored by the Milwaukee County Parks system.

Run during a time of year that usually brings weather that can be quite cold — some years see sleet and rain during the race — the event takes runners from the South Shore Pavilion along Lake Michigan, on an out-and-back race along sections of the Oak Leaf Bike Trail, a system of more than 100 miles of paved trails that wind through the city for walkers, bikers, runners, inline skaters and more.

While there are some hills along the course as it winds along the Oak Leaf Trail, runners will encounter no major hills along the race route, organizers say.

The major condition runners had to deal with over the past two years, however, has been the weather — snow and drizzling rain left some stretches of the race wet, mucky and muddy, which forced runners off the pavement and onto the sometimes sloppy wet grass in spots.

As a gift to participants before the start of the race, the Badgerland Striders organizers give out running gloves to help runners keep their hands warm during the race. Organizers note also that the course is USATF-certified, and runners are discouraged from using headphones during the race.

Milwaukee's South Shore Park, where the race start/finish line lies. (Photo by Tim Femal/flickr)

Milwaukee’s South Shore Park, where the race start/finish line lies. (Photo by Tim Femal/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Located along the shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin’s southeastern corner, about 94 miles north of Chicago, Milwaukee typically sees cool to occasionally cold weather in early April, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 13ºF (in 1954) and as high as 92ºF (in 1980).

On race day (April 6), the average low is 32ºF and the average high is 48ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the South Shore Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

9:00 AM


  • $20 for members of the Badgerland Striders running club
  • $30 for non-members
  • $35 on the day of the race


To reserve your spot in the early spring 2024 running of Milwaukee’s Badgerland Striders South Shore Half Marathon, register online at here.

Official Race Website


Ever run in the South Shore Half Marathon? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments below.

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1 comment… add one
  • David Burch April 13, 2016, 5:35 pm

    Our date for the 25th anniversary Trailbreaker Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k event is set for April 1, 2017. We are hopefully that you plan your 2017 event accordingly, and establish it on a date and weekend that does not conflict with our event. This will benefit the overall running community and our respective events.
    Thank you.


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