It’s that time of year when, no matter what distance you’re training for, you likely have speedwork on the docket. Fortunately for MKE runners, there’s no shortage of tracks in the area.
We recently asked about your favorite local tracks on Facebook. Here’s our round-up, including notes and recommendations from runners who regularly run at the facilities! Unless noted, the tracks are free to use.
Brown Deer High School
8060 N. 60th Street, Brown Deer
Notes: Restrooms next to the track are usually unlocked during the spring and summer. Easy access to neighborhood roads for warmup and cooldown miles.
7300 Chestnut Street, Wauwatosa
Notes: Bathrooms and a water fountain are available as well as easy access to paved paths outside the track facility.
Shimek Track & Field
1818 W. Canal Street
Menomonee Falls High School
W142 N8101 Merrimac Drive, Menomonee Falls
Nicolet High School
6701 N. Jean Nicolet Road, Glendale
Oak Creek High School
340 E. Puetz Road, Oak Creek
Notes: Only open to the public on Saturday mornings from 7-11am.
Pettit National Ice Center
500 S. 84th Street, Milwaukee
Cost: $4 for single admission/day pass; $2 for Badgerland Strider members
Notes: Bathrooms, water fountain, vending machines, showers and locker rooms are available.
Photo by Bill Flaws – Running in the USA
Pulaski High School
2500 West, W. Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee
Riverside High School
1615 E. Locust Street, Milwaukee
Notes: A water fountain is located about a quarter mile away from the track at the Urban Ecology Center.
Photo by Sheila Wordell (she’s also the runner in the pic!)
Shorewood High School
1701 E. Capitol Drive, Shorewood
Notes: Port-a-potties located around the track for public use.
University of Wisconsin – Parkside
900 Wood Road, Kenosha
Waukesha South High School
401 E. Roberta Avenue, Waukesha, WI
Whitefish Bay High School
1200 E. Fairmount Avenue, Whitefish Bay
Notes: Water fountain located next to the track. Easy access to neighborhood roads for warmup and cooldown miles.
Know of a local track we should add to our list? Tell us about it in the comments section!
Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!