Run a Fast Time at Saturday’s Heatbreaker!

For most runners, the summer months are a time for training with maybe a shorter race or two sprinkled in for fun. But doing a longer race at the end of July? It takes a special sort of runner to brave the usual hot and humid conditions!

Unless of course, you’re doing the Heatbreaker Half Marathon or Marathon. This Saturday’s races take place at the Pettit National Ice Center, which means cool 45-50 degree temps. Perfect conditions for a fast race!

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Below, Chris Ponteri – race director – tells us a bit more about what to expect at this year’s race:

The Heatbreaker is now in its 3rd year – can you talk a bit about what’s made this race successful?
It’s a rare chance to run a half marathon or marathon in the middle of summer in pleasant conditions. It’s obviously a warmer time of the year, especially for distance races. July is one of the slowest months of the year for endurance events, especially marathons.

What should participants expect at this year’s event?
The only change this year is that we added the marathon; in the past it was only a half marathon. We are still experimenting with the Heatbreaker formula so we figured why not add a marathon and see how it does.

This is a pretty unique event in that the entire race is run on an indoor track. Any helpful tips for participants?
As we say every year, when running indoors stay in the outside lane and using the inside lane to pass. Also exercise patience when approaching slower runners.

Can you tell us a bit about the Inferno Challenge?
The Inferno Challenge is for those daring individuals who want to run both the Half Marathon and Marathon. Right now there are 8 people who have indicated that they are crazy enough to do this.

Who are this year’s top contenders for overall male and female?
The top male runners in the Half Marathon are defending champion Bryan Huberty of Miami Beach, Florida, and James Koceja of Burlington. In the Marathon, Kyle Fraser of Milwaukee is the favorite. On the women’s side, Mary Flaws of Waukesha is always a contender, and she will be doing both races.

Do you anticipate any new course records this year?
Last year Bryan Huberty came within 30 seconds of Zach Bruns’ course record of 1:11:32, and this year he should challenge it again.

Thanks so much for all the great info, Chris!

There’s still time to get in on the action on Saturday. Race day registration is available for both the half marathon (7am) and marathon (10am). For more information, visit

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!

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