Sunday, September 5, 2021 • Milwaukee, WI • Course Map
A run along long stretches of Milwaukee’s 118-mile-long Oak Leaf Trail is what awaits runners at the Brew City Half Marathon, which makes its third running this summer on an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at McKinley Park, which offers lakefront and marina views.
From there, runners will head first along the park roads and then jump onto the Oak Leaf Trail, a paved multi-use trail for walkers, runners and cyclists that stretches more than 110 miles around the city, and winds its way into all of its major parks and parkways.
Nearly all of the course keeps runners on the trail, which is largely fast and flat, as it heads north toward nearby Riverside Park. The course aligns more closely with the Milwaukee River from there, as runners continue north along the trail, now taking in the views of the Milwaukee River.
The middle section of the course stays on the trail but strays from the river briefly as runners head toward the turnaround point in Lincoln Park. After the turnaround, runners retrace some of their steps through Lincoln Park and then south along the Oak Leaf Trail, this time branching off to a section closer to the river near mile 8 for another two miles of river views.
After that, they’ll head south to McKinley Park for the race finish next to where they started.
Beer and a live band will be waiting for runners at the finish line, organizers note, and runners will have 3 1/2 hours to finish the course.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the shore of Lake Michigan in southeastern Wisconsin, Milwaukee typically sees mild to warm weather in September, with temperatures typically ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-70s.
On race day (Sep. 5), the average low is 62ºF and the average high is 73ºF.
- 8:20 AM – half marathon, 5K
- 8:45 AM – 10K
- $60 – $110 for the half marathon
- $40 – $80 for the 10K
- $35 – $60 for the 5K
- $35 and up for the virtual race
To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of Milwaukee’s Brew City Half Marathon or 10K race, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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