Join your fellow running enthusiasts and come celebrate our city’s newest holiday: Milwaukee Running Day! Hosted by the Milwaukee Running Festival, this is a must-attend event for all runners in the MKE area.
Today we have Chris Ponteri, Executive Director of Milwaukee Marathon Inc., here to tell us all about the upcoming celebration. But before we get started, here are the specifics you’ll need to mark on your calendar:
What: Milwaukee Running Day
When: Thursday, June 2 @6:30pm
Where: Veteran’s Park
What is Milwaukee Running Day?
It’s a day to celebrate running and Milwaukee. We are planning a celebration event at Veteran’s Park that evening which will include a 4.14-mile fun run and a party with vendors and refreshments. We will also read a proclamation from Mayor Barrett declaring it Milwaukee Running Day, and who knows, maybe he will attend and read it in person.
Why did you decide to create a Milwaukee Running Day and how did you pick June 2 to celebrate the holiday?
National Running Day is June 1, and we thought the day might be best. That way, it could be a two-day celebration of the activity we all love so much.
Why should MKE runners join the event?
It will be a great way to meet like-minded people in a beautiful lakefront setting, get in some miles and talk running.
Can you tell us a bit about the course? What is the distance and where does the course travel?
The course is 4.14 miles (Milwaukee is the 414 area code, so why not?!?!?). It will start/finish near the lagoon in Veterans Park and stay on the Oak Leaf Trail. It is not a timed run and will be only for fun.
What’s happening after the run/walk portion of the event?
We plan to have plenty of food and beverages for purchase, will be playing music and should have most of the local running stores in attendance. We will have more details on this as the date gets closer. We are going to try to create a fun, running-themed atmosphere.
Who can participate and do people need to register? If so, is there a registration fee?
There is no need to register and it’s free. Just show up and enjoy. We have created a Facebook page and the link is here https://www.facebook.com/events/180282155694040/. This will have all of the details and current information.
Are walkers welcome? What about strollers and/or pets?
Walkers, strollers, pets are all welcome!
Who are the event sponsors?
This event was made possible by a generous donation from Running in the USA. Since it’s a free event and does not generate any revenue, it was important that we raise enough funds to cover the insurance and permit fees, and Running in the USA’s contribution did just that. We can’t thank Bill and Mary Flaws enough for making this happen.
Thanks so much for chatting with us, Chris!
Will we see you at the upcoming Milwaukee Running Day celebration?
Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!