Heatbreaker Marathon and Half Marathon Giveaway Winner!

Hey everyone! We know you’re dying to know who won our Heatbreaker Marathon and Half Marathon race entry giveaway. So without further ado, the winner is … HalfMarathoner30! Please email us within the next 48 hours at keeprunningmke@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Thank you to everyone who participated! Remember, there’s still time to sign up for the Heatbreaker Marathon and Half Marathon. There are limited spots available, so don’t wait to register!

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That’s it for now, but remember to check back often to learn about upcoming local races, meet your fellow MKE runners, participate in interactive polls and more!

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!

Exciting Changes in Store for the Heatbreaker + A Race Entry Giveaway!

The Heatbreaker – the sister race to the Icebreaker Indoor Marathon –is undergoing a few significant changes this year.

For starters, organizers are adding a full 26.2-mile marathon to the race card.  The race – now called the Heatbreaker Marathon & Half Marathon – will be held on Saturday, July 26 at the Pettit National Ice Center.

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The Heatbreaker was launched in 2012 as a half marathon with four heats. Last year it was reduced to three heats, and this year there will just be one heat (7 a.m.) followed by the marathon at 10 a.m.  The Inferno Challenge will be back again for any runners daring enough to do both the half and the full.  Finishers of the Inferno are promised a unique prize for their efforts.

One of the special features of the Heatbreaker is that it comes at the hottest time of the year – a time when there are very few distance running events.  July is one of the slowest months of the year for marathons.  However, even if it’s sweltering outside, the temperature inside the Pettit Center is always a cool 45-50 degrees so runners are guaranteed perfect race weather conditions.

Registration opens today for the Heatbreaker.  There are just 125 spots for each race.  To find the registration link or for more information, go to www.indoormarathon.com.

How does racing a cool half or full marathon in July sound to you? We’re giving away one race entry to a lucky MKE runner! To enter:

  • Tell us what you like about racing indoors (cool temps, flat course, aid station every quarter mile, etc.).

For additional entries do the following and let us know you did each action in separate comments:

  • Like Keep Running MKE on Facebook
  • Like Heatbreaker on Facebook
  • Follow Keep Running MKE on Twitter (@KeepRunningMKE)
  • Follow Heatbreaker on Twitter (@HeatbreakerHalf)
  • Share this post via Facebook or Twitter using the hashtags #KeepRunningMKE and #HeatbreakerHalf

Good luck! We’ll pick a winner at random on Monday, March 17 and announce the winner on Tuesday, March 18. Be sure to check back on Tuesday morning to see if you’re our winner!*

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.

Sweet Home Milwaukee 5k Giveaway Winner!

Hey everyone! Let’s kick this day off with the winner of the Sweet Home Milwaukee 5k race entry.

The winner is … Lyndsay S.! Please email us within the next 48 hours at keeprunningmke@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Thank you to everyone who participated! Remember, there’s still time to sign up for the Sweet Home Milwaukee 5k. The price increases after March 1, so be sure to register soon!

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That’s it for today, but stay tuned for more posts about running in the city we call home!

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!

Join Us At The Sweet Home Milwaukee 5k + A Race Entry Giveaway!

We love all things Milwaukee, so naturally we were thrilled to discover a new race that celebrates the city.

Below, Sam Kassel tells us a bit about the Sweet Home Milwaukee 5k, including what sets this race apart from others and course tips.

For more details about the race, visit our Featured Races page.

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Can you tell us a bit about the Sweet Home Milwaukee 5k?

We love Milwaukee and we wanted to create an endurance event that showcases this awesome city. Whether it’s in your blood or you’re a transplant, we want to get this community up, active and healthy! We also want to promote local businesses, causes and everything this city has to offer. Races are an awesome way for people to come together and start being more active. A 5K is the perfect distance for all levels. Plus, you get a medal at the end – what’s better than that?!

What makes this race different/unique?

Two words: Bloody Marys! Let’s face it, they are a staple for Sunday mornings in MKE. We’ve partnered with the famous Sobelman’s Pub and Grill, and they are offering all participants a BOGO Bloody Masterpiece to have at the restaurant. We suggest their Piggy Back burger while you’re there!

What is the course like? Do you have any tips for runners hoping to PR at the race?

The course is along the beautiful Milwaukee lakefront at Veteran’s Park. Racers will start in the middle and go along the path, even running out along the pier. The Lake Michigan view is one of the most beautiful things about this city. For those hoping to break their personal record, start at the front of the line to avoid those who prefer to go a little slower – it’s a clean course with few harsh turns so you’ll be smooth sailing.

Are there any overall and/or age group prizes awarded?

There will be awards for the top three males and top three females. Depending on how many children we have registered, we may throw in some awards for them, too!

What do participants get with their race entry?

A whole heck of a lot! In addition to it being a timed race, each participant gets an awesome long sleeve tee, finisher’s medal, BOGO Sobelman’s Bloody Mary and post-race beer (or soda, Gatorade, water or coffee).

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Who is the race’s charitable partner and how can runners help contribute to the cause?

The Hunger Task Force is our charitable partner. The Hunger Task Force believes that every person has a right to adequate food obtained with dignity. Locally founded, locally funded and locally run, for nearly 40 years they have been feeding Milwaukee. They have been a voice for the hungry, promoting socially sound policies that could end hunger in our community.

We have a cure for hunger – it’s simply food. Participants and spectators can help the organization by bringing non-perishable food on race day (or monetary contributions if they prefer, they will be onsite collecting donations). For every three items, each person will receive a raffle ticket to win some awesome Milwaukee gift baskets! Best part? Participants and spectators can earn unlimited tickets. So let‘s feed Milwaukee!

Can you tell us a bit more about your plans to expand the race in upcoming years?

We believe in the movement for this country to get more active. We also believe in working local. We have plans to take the Sweet Home Race Series to 15 cities in the next 5 years (with MKE being home of course!) and working with local businesses and local food banks at each location. Next year in MKE, we plan to add a 10K!

Can you tell us a bit about Four.One.Four Events?

Four.One.Four Events is a local start-up in the Riverwest neighborhood of Milwaukee. We both have worked for large non-profits coordinating their events and decided it was time for us to venture on our own! We want to create awesome events that bring the community together with a helping hand and keep ‘em talking!

So you want to run the Sweet Home Milwaukee 5k …

… You’re in luck – We’re giving away one race entry! To enter:

  • Tell us what you love best about running in Milwaukee.

For additional entries do the following and let us know you did each action in separate comments:

Good luck! We’ll pick a winner at random on Monday, February 24 and announce the winner the following day. Be sure to check back on Tuesday morning to see if you’re our winner!*

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.

Lucky Leprechaun Run Giveaway Winner!

Hey MKE Runners – It’s time for us to announce the winner of the Lucky Leprechaun race entry giveaway!

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The winner is … Laura @ Backstage Balance! Please email us within the next 48 hours at keeprunningmke@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Thank you to everyone who participated! Remember, there’s still time to sign up for the Lucky Leprechaun Run. The price increases tomorrow, so be sure to register today, if you can.

That’s it for today but stay tuned for more runner profiles, race previews and another race entry giveaway!

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!

The Luckiest Race in Town + A Race Entry Giveaway!

MKE runners, you’re in luck: The Lucky Leprechaun 7k is coming to town, just in time to extend the St. Patty’s Day holiday!

Below, Anna Ryan from Vision Event Management tells us a bit about the upcoming race.

For more details about the Lucky Leprechaun 7k, visit our Featured Races page.

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Can you tell us a bit about the Lucky Leprechaun race and what makes it different/unique?

The Lucky Leprechaun Run is different from other races because it is a unique distance at 7K. There is a great atmosphere with bag pipers, dancers, live music and a free post-race beer for those 21 and older.

A 7k race is unique – What prompted Vision to do a race of this distance?

We wanted to try a fun, unique distance that is different from your average 5K.

Is there anything new or different happening at this year’s race?

This year we have changed the course to incorporate Tosa Village and to start right in front of Leff’s Lucky Town. We have also added a fun contest where the #7, #77 and #777 finishers will receive a fantastic prize!

What is the course like and do you have any tips for runners hoping for a fast time?

The 2014 Lucky Leprechaun 7K offers a new and improved route, unique to Tosa! Lucky participants will start on State Street right in front of a favorite local pub: Leff’s Lucky Town. Participants will then head through the Tosa Village before going across the Harmonee Bridge. Sights along the course include St. John’s Lutheran church, the Kavanaugh neighborhood and Honey Creek Parkway. Runners will the finish in a festively decorated Hart Park and celebrate their accomplishment Milwaukee style! The course is a little bit hilly for those looking for speed.

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Can you tell us a bit about the Outrun the Leprechaun contest?

We teamed up with Performance Running Outfitters to bring in a speedy Leprechaun. The first 10 participants to pass “Zippy” may win a PRO gift certificate or additional gift certificates from local restaurants.

What do participants get with along with their race registration?

Participants receive a t-shirt, green beads, green beer and post-race food.

Any details about the post-race party?

There will be live Irish music, a photo booth and, of course, beer!

Can you tell us about this year’s charitable partner?

Founded in 1976, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc. (the MACC Fund) is dedicated to funding childhood cancer and related blood disorder research. Our goal, with your help, is to find a cure for childhood cancer and related blood disorders by providing critical funding for research.

The MACC Fund gives the Gift of Hope through Research. Every penny counts. Every donation matters. Why? Because every child battling cancer or a blood disorder is someone’s child, someone’s sibling, someone’s friend. Every donation gives hope to a child fighting cancer or a blood disorder. Last year, the Lucky Leprechaun Run donated $10,000 to the MACC Fund!

Here’s your chance to get lucky …

We’re giving away a free entry to the Lucky Leprechaun 7k! To enter:

  • Tell us about your pre-race rituals or favorite clothing items to wear to a race for good luck.

For additional entries do the following and let us know you did each action in separate comments:

Good luck! We’ll pick a winner at random on Tuesday, February 11 and announce the winner the following day. Be sure to check back on Wednesday morning to see if you’re our winner!*

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.

Polar Bear Dash Giveaway Winner!

It’s only fitting that we should announce the Polar Bear Dash race entry winner on a chilly day.

The winner is … Jen Braunreiter. Please email us within the next 48 hours at keeprunningmke@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Thank you to everyone who participated. Remember, there’s still time to sign up for the Polar Bear Dash and get in on the fun!

We hope you’re all staying warm this week!

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!

All About The Polar Bear Dash + A Race Entry Giveaway!

In 2014, why not get a running start on the new year? At the Polar Bear Dash, you’ll get the thrill of a 5k race PLUS – if you’re daring – a sprint into Lake Michigan after crossing the finish line.

Below, race director Chris Ponteri tells us a bit about the upcoming race.

For more details about the Polar Bear Dash, visit our Featured Races page.

Can you tell us a bit about the Polar Bear Dash? What makes this race different/unique?

This is unique in a few ways. First, it’s on New Year’s Day, which is a great day to race if you’re not too hung over. And second, there is the optional polar plunge where you can jump into Lake Michigan after you finish.

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This is the race’s second year – Is there anything new or different happening at this year’s race?

Much of the course is the same; the only change is at the end. Last year runners had the choice of running through the lake before they finished or running along the shore. This year everyone will run along the shore and finish, and then they can jump into the lake if they wish. Also, we have a charity partner this year – the MS Society of Wisconsin. We will be raising funds for them, and are very excited about partnering with this worthy cause.

Do you expect many participants to take the plunge?

Last year about half of the participants did the plunge; I expect the same this year.

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Can you tell us a bit about the course? Do you have any tips for runners hoping to PR at the race?

It is actually a very fast course. Most of it is on Grant Park Drive, which is fairly flat. Then it finishes with a huge downhill to the beach parking lot. If it’s not too cold or the roads aren’t snow-covered, it will be super fast.

Is there anything participants should know about water stations, etc.?

Last year it was 8 degrees at the start of the race so we didn’t have a water station. It would have frozen before the runners could get any. It will depend on the weather this year. We do have a rescue squad from the South Milwaukee Fire Department on hand at the beach in case anyone has issues with the cold water.

New Year’s Day can be one of the coldest days of the year. Is there a heated space for runners to hang out before and/or after the race?

We have reserved the clubhouse at the Grant Park Golf Course for runners to hang out before and after the race. If numbers get high enough, we may also bring in a heated tent.

Any other comments?

We are excited about making this event a New Year’s Day tradition for Milwaukee-area runners.

Are you ready to take the plunge?

We’re giving away a free entry to the Polar Bear Dash! To enter:

  • Tell us if you plan to take a dip in Lake Michigan after crossing the finish line.

For additional entries do the following and let us know you did each action in separate comments:

Good luck! We’ll pick a winner at random on Wednesday, December 11 and announce the winner the following day. Be sure to check back on Thursday morning to see if you’re our winner!*

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.

Around the World 5k Giveaway Winner!

Happy Friday! To celebrate, we are announcing the winner of the Around the World 5k race entry giveaway.

The winner is … Alyssa F! Please email us within the next 48 hours at keeprunningmke@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Thank you to everyone who participated! Remember, there’s still time to sign up for the Around the World 5k. The price increases tomorrow, so be sure to register today, if you can.

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!

Around the World 5k Race Preview + A Giveaway!

After spending the summer and fall training for longer distances, now’s the time to take a bit of a break. From racing longer distances that is. Instead, consider testing your legs at a 5k, such as the upcoming Around the World 5k!

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Below, this year’s race director, Chris Ponteri, tells us about the course (hint: flat and fast) and what makes the event unique.

For more details about the Around the World 5k, visit our Featured Races page.

Can you tell us a bit about the Around the World 5k?

This is the 13th year for the ATW 5k. It’s held on a fast and flat USATF-certified course at Wisconsin State Fair Park. The staging area is at the Expo Hall.

What makes the race unique?

It really has a lot of things going for it. Runners get to do a lap on the Milwaukee Mile, which is the oldest auto racing track in the United States. And equally cool, is that all participants get a free entry into the Holiday Folk Fair, which happens to be going on in the same building as the awards ceremony and opening at the same time. So you run the race, go to the awards ceremony, and then stay for the Folk Fair. And if you’ve never been, you need to check it out. The food is fabulous and you can sample items from many different countries and cultures. There is also a team competition in this race, which you don’t see very often these days.

Is there anything new or different happening at this year’s race?

There are two significant changes. First, my company Longrun Athletics has been hired to manage the race, replacing SMA. Second, and most importantly, there is a charity partner this year: the Salvation Army. The race will serve as the kickoff to their holiday bell-ringing campaign.

What is the course like? Do you have any tips for runners hoping to PR at the race?

I have run this race a few times, including last year, so I can say from experience that it’s a fast course. It’s flat and you can really get some speed going on the race track.

Ready, Set, Go!

We’re giving away a free entry to the Around the World 5k! To enter the contest:

  • Tell us what you would most like to see/do at the Holiday Folk Fair.

For additional entries do the following and let us know you did each action in separate comments:

  • Like Keep Running MKE on Facebook
  • Follow Keep Running MKE on Twitter (@KeepRunningMKE)
  • Share this post via Facebook or Twitter and tag Keep Running MKE in the post

Good luck! We’ll pick a winner at random on Thursday, November 14 and announce the winner the following day. Be sure to check back on Friday morning to see if you’re our winner!*

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.