Race It: Lake Michigan Trail Marathon + Race Entry Giveaway!

Offering a gorgeous course along the South Shore lakefront and the camaraderie of friendly runners, the Lake Michigan Trail Marathon is a fall race not to be missed.

Registration for the 2015 event opened yesterday. The race will be held Sunday, Sept. 6 and will start and finish at Sheridan Park.

Below, Race Director Chris Ponteri gives us the scoop on this year’s race.


Can you tell us a bit about the Lake Michigan Trail Marathon? What makes this race different/unique?
The Lake Michigan Trail Marathon brings the trail-running experience to the city. It features some of the most scenic trails in the area, all located within close proximity to the City of Milwaukee and Lake Michigan. We had many people come up and tell us after last year’s race that it is was the most beautiful course they’ve ever run.


Are there any changes from last year’s race?
For the most part, everything will be the same. We learned some things from an organizational standpoint last year that will require changes this year (like better course markings in the wooded areas), but for the most part, the event will look the same. We are just hopeful that there won’t be a dense fog so runners can actually see the lake.

Can you tell us about the distance options?
There is a Marathon, Half Marathon, 50k and 20-mile training run.

What is the course like? And any tips for runners hoping to PR?
It’s not a very hilly course, but since there are trails and some beach it’s not real fast. If you are looking to run a PR, it might not be the best race for you. I wouldn’t say it’s a difficult course either, but not easy.

Being a trail race, what should runners expect compared to a road race? Any tips for training for a trail race?
The biggest difference between a trail race and a road race is the laid back atmosphere. Many of the runners are there just to experience nature in a race situation, and are not always competitive about it. The best way to train for this race is to make sure you get out on the course at least a few times to make sure you know what you’re in for.


What types of aid stations will be available on the course?
We will have aid stations every 2 to 2.5 miles with a variety of items including water, a sports drink and food.

Will overall and/or age group prizes be awarded?
The top three male and female finishers in each event, except the 20-mile training run, will get a nice plaque, and the top three male and female runners in each age group will get medals.

What do participants get with their race entry?
All runners will get a high-quality technical shirt and goodie bag. All finishers will get a medal.

We know you want to run this event …

And one lucky Keep Running MKE reader will win a free entry to the race! To enter, tell us in the comments:

What’s your best tip for running or racing on the trails? If you’ve never run or raced on trails, tell us why you want to give it a try!

Best of luck to all who enter. We’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, February 10.

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!

*Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize by emailing keeprunningmke@gmail.com. If the prize is not claimed within that time frame, we will select a new winner.

12 thoughts on “Race It: Lake Michigan Trail Marathon + Race Entry Giveaway!

  1. I would love to have this be my first trail race. From people I spoke with last year, they said it was a great course.

  2. I have never participated in a trail run, but I’d very much like to! I’d like to challenge myself and what better way than in the beautiful scenery that this course offers!!

  3. It’s time for a new challenge,and I’m thinking of doing this race as my first 50K! After worrying about time so much for the last 10 years, it will be nice to relax a little bit and enjoy some different running scenery and going slower 🙂

  4. Best advice for running trails – HAVE FUN! Don’t worry about pace and “get lost” in your head under the cloak of trees!!!

  5. Watch out for tree roots!

  6. Have fun and watch where you are stepping. This isn’t about the time.

  7. Best advise is watch your footing! There are tree roots and rocks that seem to jump out at you.

  8. Best advice? Slow down, take in the sights and have fun!

  9. I’ve never done a trail marathon before, but it’s on my bucket list! I think it’d be a nice change of pace from typical road races.

  10. I did the 20 mile run last year! The best part is the change of scenery and getting off the pavement. My advice is to run it with friends!

  11. I have heard that this was a fantastic race!! It didn’t align well with my fall schedule last year so I hope to get in this year!! Love MKE, love trails, and love our parks!!

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