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

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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 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!

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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

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!*

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