The race starts on 2nd and Freshwater in the heart of Milwaukee's Walkers Point neighborhood and goes east into the Third Ward before going past the home of the world's largest music festival – the Summerfest Grounds. Right after that is one of the city's most recognizable landmarks – the Milwaukee Art Museum – then a quick jog through Veterans Park along the Lake Michigan lakefront.
The next three miles will take runners north along Milwaukee's spectacular lakefront. This concludes with the toughest hill on the course as Lincoln Memorial Drive winds to an end at Lake Drive. The course then heads south on Lake Drive and jog over a few streets along the bluff overlooking the lake.
Around Mile 7 runners will head west to the heart of Milwaukee's East Side neighborhood where you turn on Brady Street – one of the city's most colorful areas. From there, you will cross the Marsupial Bridge and head down to Commerce Street in the Brewers Hill Neighborhood and through Schlitz Park at Mile 9.
Runners will find their way through downtown on Old World 3rd Street and turn right for a long stretch on Wisconsin Avenue. This portion is slightly uphill and goes from 3rd to 35th Street. Along the way, runners will see many landmarks including the Milwaukee Public Library, Marquette University and the Pabst Mansion.
After turning north on 35th Street, the marathon course hits the half-way point just as runners turn again, on to Juneau Avenue – home to two of Milwaukee's most well-known companies: MillerCoors on your left and Harley-Davidson on your right. This leads to the Martin Drive neighborhood then through Washington Park and an out-and-back on the historic Sherman Park Boulevard.
At Mile 16.5 the course heads back through Washington Park before connecting to Washington Boulevard and south to Hawley Road and on to Miller Valley. As the name suggests, there is a descent into the valley before going back up at Mile 20 to get out of the valley. But then its back down and up as runners head through the Menomonee River Valley and past Miller Park – home of the Milwaukee Brewers.
At Mile 21 runners will hit the Hank Aaron State Trail and go through Three Bridges Park. There are some rolling hills in this stretch, which ends with a final hill up to Mitchell Park. In the park, runners are treated to a lap around the Journey House Green Bay Packer practice field before the final stretch home to the finish line in Reed Street Yards. The route is USATF certified (Certificate # WI17033DM – Effective 10/12/17-12/31/2027). COURSE MAP Aid Stations
PARTICIPANT AMENITIESEvery registered Half Marathon participant will receive:
- Pre-Party & Fitness Expo Access
- Participant T-Shirt (technical shirt)
- Goodie Bag
- Finisher Medal
- Free Race Day Photos
- Post-Race Festival access
- A Free Beer (for runners 21+)
Race packets can be picked up in person at the Pre-Party & Fitness Expo. All runners must show a photo ID to receive their packet. You may have a friend or family member pick up your packet for you. They will need a copy of your photo ID.
If you are unable to pick up your packet at the expo, will call packet pick up is available for $25 and can be added on during the registration process. If you have any questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Overall prizes will be awarded to the top three men and women, determined off of net time. The awards will be given out at the Finish Line Festival.
Age Group Awards
Age group prizes will be given to the top three finishers in the following categories for men and women:
17 and Under, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+.
Age group award times will be determined by chip time.
Overall winners are not eligible for age group awards. You must pick up your award at the results tent after the event. No awards will be mailed out.
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Participants can sign up for a pace group at the Pre-Party & Fitness Expo.
There will be no assigned corrals at the event. However, we do want to ensure a positive race experience and provide all participants the same opportunity for a smooth and safe start with sufficient room to run along the course. Please note the pace per mile signs along the race start area and line up near the posted pace sign that corresponds closest to your estimated pace per mile.
NEW 2017 COURSE IMPROVEMENTS
Don't worry, the favorite parts of your favorite race are still here but small improvements were made to enhance your race day experience! Here are some differences:
- The start and finish line have moved. The 2017 PNC Milwaukee Marathon starts in Walkers Point neighborhood and will tour the Third Ward next. This insures some miles under your belt before running around the beautiful Milwaukee lakefront and our toughest hill on the course: the Lincoln Memorial Drive. We promise the view is worth it and you’re already 5 miles into the race!