What is Your Favorite Race Distance?

According to a recent report from Running USA, 5ks remain the most popular running event in terms of number of events and participants.

While there certainly are plenty of 5k races to choose from in this area, this study got us wondering what distance MKE runners prefer to race. Tell us what you think in the poll below!

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The Madison Mini Celebrates its 5th Anniversary + A Giveaway!

You’re probably wondering what a post about a Madison race is doing on a site devoted to MKE running. Well, it just so happens that if you raced the Rock ‘n Sole Half Marathon in June, you should be very interested in taking a short drive over to our State’s capitol for the Madison Mini Marathon. What’s in it for you, you ask? Well, for starters, if you race both Rock ‘n Sole and the Madison Mini, you’ll receive an extra medal for completing the M2 challenge.

For more information about the Madison Mini, view our Featured Races page.

We recently chatted with Anna Ryan from Vision Event Management about this year’s race. Read on to learn what makes this race one of the top half marathons in the country and why you shouldn’t slack on hillwork during training.

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Runner’s World recently chose the Madison Mini as one of the top half marathons in the country. What makes this race stand out?

The Mini is a unique race with many amenities for runners including fantastic course support, ample amount of helpful and friendly volunteers, a fun atmosphere and a fabulous setting in the heart of Madison. The 14th Mile Post-Race Party on the Terrace overlooking Lake Mendota can’t be missed. The medal doubles as a bottle opener, all participants receive a t-shirt (tech shirt for half marathon) and a refreshing cold beer for those ages 21 and older. In recent years, a Kids’ Run has also been added for those ages 10 and under. The mascots start them off and the kids have a blast as they all wear #1 bibs and receive a medal and t-shirt.

Can you tell us a bit about the course. Any helpful hints for runners?

It is gorgeous and hits the great landmarks of Madison including: Capitol Square, the World Famous Dane County Farmer’s Market, State Street, Camp Randall Stadium, Kohl Center, the Arboretum, Picnic Point and the University of Wisconsin Campus. The course features some nice elevation variety as well.  Participants will have some nice rolling hills throughout the course, but a nice and flat final two miles.  There are also 10 aid stations on course featuring water, Gatorade, port-o-lets and medical personnel.  If the weather warrants, there will also be five misting stations along the route to keep participants cool.

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

As we are excited to celebrate our 5th Anniversary we are also recognizing those who have been with us from year one. Our Alumni Running Club for the Half Marathon will receive a commemorative running hat. BMO Harris Bank is our new title sponsor and they will be giving all participants a cinch bag. On race day they will have cow bells for spectators to cheer on their loved ones. Capital Brewery is new this year and will be serving one free Lake House beer to those participants ages 21 and older.

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What is the M2 challenge and how can racers participate?

It is for participants who register and run both the Summerfest Rock ‘n Sole Run Half Marathon and the Madison Mini-Marathon. They receive a third additional medal at the post-race party in Madison. New this is year is a chance to win a trip to the Phoenix Marathon courtesy of BMO Harris Bank. In addition, prizes are awarded to the Top 3 Males/Females of the challenge!

Because we know there’s no way you’ll want to miss this race, we’re giving away a free entry to the Madison Mini. To enter the contest:

  • Share your best half marathon training tip (Mandatory).

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, July 30 and announce the winner the following day. Be sure to check back on Wednesday to see if you’re our winner!*

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*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.

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Welcome to Keep Running MKE, a resource dedicated to local running and racing. Keep pace with us and you’ll find out about upcoming races, get race recaps, meet everyday runners of all abilities and learn helpful training and racing tips.

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We want this to be a site for Milwaukee runners and about Milwaukee runners, so we encourage you to comment on our posts or drop us a line to introduce yourself with any feedback or suggestions. And, if you have a tip about an upcoming race, ideas for runners we should feature or a question about running, we welcome your input.

We love Milwaukee’s running scene and that means getting to know you – the runners that make up this incredible community. We’re looking forward to many more miles together.

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