Get Stronger With PRO

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Instead of slogging through chilly, wet, slippery miles by yourself this winter, come join Performance Running Outfitters for its new Strength + Run Class. The class will focus on improving strength and building a great base so you’re ready to roll when spring arrives.

Here are the details:

Brookfield Location (2205 N Calhoun Road): Wednesday nights at 6pm starting on December 7

Shorewood Location (4533 N Oakland Avenue): Tuesday nights at 6pm starting on December 6

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6:00-6:25pm: Body weight strength training focused on runners (core, hips, legs, and arms)

6:25-6:30pm: Get your winter gear on

6:30pm: GO OUT & RUN!  Choose your route: 2 Miles or 4 Miles

 

Cost: $80/Person

What you get when you sign up:

  • Weekly workout focusing on strength + endurance
  • Group accountability and focus
  • Smartwool Socks
  • Winter Beanie

 

To learn more or to register, contact Nicole at Nicole@performancerunning.com

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!

Race It: Milwaukee Running Group OMG Beer Mile

Think you’ve got what it takes to run four laps and drink four beers in less than 30 minutes?

Milwaukee Running Group OMG – for those of you not in the know, OMG stands for Original Milwaukee Group – is hosting its third annual Beer Mile this Saturday. It’s an event you won’t want to miss. Whether you’re running or spectating, it’s sure to be a great time!

Below, OMG organizer Patrick Bieser, tells us more about this year’s event.

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When is this year’s Beer Mile and where will it be run?

The third annual Beer Mile OMG will be run on Saturday, August 20th starting at 5pm at the Rugby Field at the Lakefront. The event is free. We will be attempting to break the Group World Record for the Beer Mile established last year.

Who can participate and how can people register?

Anyone who can run four laps on a 400-meter track while drinking four beers can attend. In past years, a few Beer Mile pros completed the challenge in less than 7 minutes, but most people take 10-20 minutes. Registration, race details and a map to the rugby field can be found on the Milwaukee Running Group website – www.milwaukee-running-group.com.

How did the OMG Beer Mile get its start?

We first heard of the Beer Mile a few years ago from a member and knew immediately this would become our signature event. OMG has more than 600 members, and the Beer Mile is our only official race. With so many excellent local races hosted by Badgerland Striders, we didn’t see a need for more. But a race with beer as the main challenge? That was a clear and present community need, and a perfect fit for OMG.

We wanted our Beer Mile to be a group event and encourage those who have not yet developed a love for beer to participate. To accomplish this, we designed the race to be less about individual times and more about having fun and giving back. We encourage costumes and a charity donation. We allow relay teams. We throw in an after party and an outdoor movie for good measure. This will be our third year hosting the Group Beer Mile and participation has doubled each year.

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Can you explain how the event works? What rules do participants need to follow?

The official “Group Beer Mile” rules were established by OMG and were adapted from the rules for individuals posted at Beermile.com.

The Group Beer Mile consists of four beers over a 1-mile course. For smaller groups, this is done on a standard 400-meter track. One beer per lap, four laps. The records are set for the most people completing the Beer Mile in less than 30 minutes.

There is only one major rule changes for groups. The Group must raise money for a local charity with some sort of link to running.

  1. Each individual will drink four cans of beer and runs four laps on a track (Start – beer, lap, beer, lap, beer, lap, beer, lap – Finish).
  2. The group world records are established by 1) counting the number of group members who cross the finish line in under 30 minutes and 2) recording the amount of money raised for charity.
  3. Any group member can drop out at any time without penalty, but the “group” record is set based on the number of people who finish, including penalty laps.
  4. Relay teams of 2×2 and 4×1 are allowed. Times for relay teams are recorded separately.
  5. Beer must be consumed before the lap is begun.
  6. Competitors can drink canned or bottled beer and the cans/bottles should not be less than 355ml (the standard can volume) or 12oz (the imperial equivalent).
  7. No specialized cans or bottles may be used that give an advantage by allowing the beer to pour at a faster rate. i.e. “super mega mouth cans” or “wide mouth bottles” are prohibited.
  8. Beer cans must not be tampered with in any manner, i.e. no shotgunning or puncturing of the can except for opening the can by the tab at the top. The same applies with bottles – no straws or other aids are allowed in order to aid in the speed of pouring.
  9. Beer must be a minimum of 4.5% alcohol by volume (this allows for Pabst, the official OMG beer). No hard ciders and or lemonades.
  10. Each beer can must not be opened until the competitor enters the transition zone on each lap.
  11. Competitors who vomit before they finish the race must complete one penalty lap at the end of the race (immediately after the completion of their 4th lap). Note: Vomiting more than once during the race still requires only one penalty lap at the end.
  12. If attempting official records, runners should tip the empty beer can or bottle over their head at the end of a chug to verify an empty vessel.

Is this an event people can train for? And if so, what do you recommend?

Training is recommended if you’re serious about your race time. The hardest part is drinking fast and running with an overload of carbonation. One way to train is to try to finish a beer while watching a political ad on TV. The timing is right, and the alcohol blunts the messaging.

Can you tell us more about the world record aspect of the event? How many participants do you need this year to break the record?

Two years ago Milwaukee set the Group World Record for the Beer Mile at 26 people running, and last year we smashed it with 42 running. We are on track to break the record again this year. Beermile.com does not record or even mention Group World Records, but since Milwaukee is the beer capital of the world it is only proper and fitting that a local running group take up the mantle and establish the Group World Record.

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What have been the winning times for men and women? Any contenders for the win this year?

The men’s winning time last year was 6:46 set by James Burke. The women’s winning time was 9:48 set by Christina Lundberg. Local Beer Mile hero Tim Cigelske didn’t run last year, but he is signed up this year and could challenge the record. We hear that he’s been training.

Has anything crazy or unexpected happened during previous years?

Like spectators at auto races waiting for a crash, spectators at the Beer Mile wait for someone to vomit. Fingers point and bets are made and lots of loud burps can be heard, but thankfully vomiting only occurs about as often as Kanye and Taylor Swift go on a date.

Last year several people showed up in jeans and street shoes and decided to run. Several members of a bachelor party dropped by to spectate and decided to run. The energy at the event is infectious. Lots of people wearing costumes, fake mustaches, a stay puff marshmallow woman, wigs and team t-shirts.

Are spectators welcome?

Yes. It’s as much fun to watch as it is to run. Attendance is half runners and half spectators.

What are some of the other activities around the event?

After the run, our alcohol addled brains tell us it’s time to watch a classic movie. This year it’s the Blue Brothers! We took a poll and half the people asked (the millennial half) have never seen this important piece of American history. In the spirit of patriotism in this election year, we felt a movie about two men on a mission to save an orphanage, with some beer and music thrown in, was as American as we could get.

Thanks so much for chatting with us, Patrick! If you’re up for giving the Beer Mile a try this weekend, learn more and register at www.milwaukee-running-group.com.

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!

Race It: Lake Michigan Marathon

The fall race season is just a few weeks away. To kick things off, the Lake Michigan Marathon (and 50k, half marathon and 20-mile training run) provides a perfect opportunity to see where you’re at going into the season while taking in some of Milwaukee’s most picturesque sights along the way.

Below, Race Director Chris Ponteri tells us more about this year’s race, which takes place on Sunday, September 4.

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An urban trail marathon is super unique – how did you get the idea for the race and how did you select the location?

One day I was running on the Oak Leaf Trail behind Warnimont Park and saw all of these dirt trails connecting to the Oak Leaf so I decided to go exploring. When I saw the vast trail system that the folks at County Parks had built back there, the light bulb went off and I decided to start a race there.

Is there anything else that sets this race apart from others in the area?

I like to call it a “boutique race” in that we intentionally keep it small so we can give our runners a high level of attention. With the hot temperature last year, that became more of a challenge since we had to make special accommodations to ensure safety.

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

No, it’s mostly the same thing as last year. We are only in our third year so we haven’t needed to freshen things up yet.

What is the course like?

The course is mostly a combination of paved and dirt trails, but there is even some road, grass, wood chips, wooden bridges, stones and concrete steps. I would not call it very technical since most areas are wide and well-marked. How much is paved vs. unpaved depends on the distance you are running, but in general about two-thirds is paved.

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Where are the major hills on the course?

There are no major hills. The course is mostly flat. The biggest hill is on the Oak Leaf Trail through Bay View Park, but it’s not much of an incline/decline.

What are the most scenic spots on the course? Any landmarks along the way that runners should watch for?

There are many locations with stunning views of Lake Michigan and downtown Milwaukee. This truly is Milwaukee’s “lakefront marathon” since the entire course is within a few hundred yards of the lake. The course goes through several of Milwaukee County’s most scenic parks including Grant, Warnimont, South Shore, Sheridan and Bay View.

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Tell us about the aid stations – what will be available and where are they located?

We have five aid stations and each will be used multiple times since the course is a combination of out-and-backs and loops. They will have water, Clif Shots and Sword, which is an up-and-coming and very effective sports drink. If it’s a warm day, we will have sponges and buckets of cold water.

Who were last year’s overall winners for the 50k, marathon and half marathon? Are any of them back to contend for the win again this year?

Last year we had a very strong field. Winners were Cory Harris and Kirsten Kolb in the Marathon, Mark Caballero and Eliza Weaver in the Half Marathon, and Michael Miller and Mary Flaws in the 50k. I am not sure if any will be back this year to defend their titles, but I hope so. I know Nick Seiske is signed up for the 50k and will be a strong favorite to win that race.

Any other comments?

We have had a nearly 40% increase in registrations so far this year. That is remarkable considering this has been another down year for most marathons and half marathons. We are excited about that!!

Thanks so much for chatting with us, Chris! There’s still time to sign up for this year’s Lake Michigan Marathon. To get in on the fun, register here: https://raceroster.com/events/2016/7926/lake-michigan-marathon

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!

Race For The Eats!

If you’ve still yet to experience a food-themed race, now’s your chance. MKE has two delicious races in the next two weeks. Whether you crave sweet or salty, these races have you covered!

Cream Puff 5k

When: Wednesday, July 20 @6:30pm

Where: Wisconsin State Fair Park

The Dish: Participants will receive the first Original Cream Puffs of the year as well as a post-race beverage of choice (beer, soda or water). There will also be pre-race entertainment by the Milwaukee Airwaves as well as post-race music from The Love Monkeys! In addition, participants will receive one ticket to this year’s Wisconsin State Fair, a Cream Puff 5k t-shirt and a finisher’s ribbon.

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The 5K course includes the famous Milwaukee Mile Speedway and streets within State Fair Park. The event is both kid- and stroller-friendly. There is also a 1K option for those who prefer a shorter route. Water will be available at multiple locations throughout the race.

Registration is $35 for adults up until race day, and $40 the day of the race.

Learn more at CreamPuff5k.com

Race for the Bacon

When: Thursday, July 28 @6:30pm

Where: Sheridan Park, Cudahy

The Dish: This race is all about bacon with a mid-race bacon station and post-race Bacon Bash, which includes plenty of delicious bacon treats and a free beverage from Sprecher. There will also be pre- and post-race music from Big Shoes! In addition, participants receive a race t-shirt and goody bag.

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The fast 5k course weaves around Sheridan Park and the surrounding area. There is also a 0k distance available for those who wish to participate in all the bacon festivities without running or walking a 5k!

Registration is $40 for the 5k until race day and $45 the day of the race. The 0k is $30 until July 28 and $35 the day of the race.

Learn more at BaconRace.com

Who’s hungry for a good race? Tell us if you’re racing the Cream Puff 5k or Race for the Bacon!

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4th of July Weekend Local Race Roundup

According to Running USA, the 4th of July is the second most popular day for road racing. Below are a few local races to get in on the action over the holiday weekend!

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New Berlin National Dash

What: 5k Run/Walk; 2-mile Run/Walk

When: Saturday, July 2 @8am

Where: Malone Park, 16400 West Al Stigler Parkway

Cost: $25 for the 5k or 2-mile

Details: New course for this year’s race; Age group awards

2015 Overall Winners: Jeff Metler (15:28); Brittany Kozlowski (18:40)

http://www.newberlinjuniors.org/national-dash.html

Independence Day Run

What: 5k and 10k Run/Walk

When: Saturday, July 2 @8am

Where: Fox River Park, W264 S4500 River Road, Waukesha

Cost: $40

Details: Part of the Wisconsin Trail Assail Running Series; Overall and age group awards

Website: http://www.silvercirclesportsevents.com/independence-day-run-fox-river-park

Kenosha Firecracker Run

What: 5k and 10k Run/Walk

When: Sunday, July 3 @8:30am

Where: Kenosha Library Park  5947 7th Avenue, Kenosha

Cost: $30

Details: Overall and age group awards

2015 5k Overall Winners: Kevin Ryan (16:17); Amy Sichmeller (21:16)

2015 10k Overall Winners: Ryne Scopp (34:29); Leslie Ruffalo (39:49)

Website: http://kenoshaymca.org/special-events/firecracker-run/

Dennis Krzykowski 5k

What: 5k Run/Walk

When: Monday, July 4 @7:30am

Where: Cedar Creek Park, Portland Road, Cedarburg

Cost: $25

Details: Post-race awards and door prizes

2015 Overall Winners: Jack O’Neil (17:20); Taylor Miller (20:13)

Website: http://www.active.com/cedarburg-wi/running/distance-running-races/dk5k-dennis-krzykowski-5k-family-fun-run-2016?cmp=39-34-156210&ltcmp=254301&ltclickid=06_96533839_1e15eb98-6bc4-43c8-9ca4-1129a64d2c62&cmp=39-34

Badgerland Striders Firecracker Four

What: 4-mile Run/Walk + 1.7-mile Community Fun Run

When: Monday, July 4 @8am

Where: Hales Corners Park, 5675 South New Berlin Road

Cost: $25 for the 4-mile Run/Walk; $20 for the 1.7-mile Fun Run

Details: Overall and age group awards

2015 Overall Winners: Bill Prom (20:40); Priscilla Schultz (23:52)

Website: http://www.badgerlandstriders.org/home/Races/FirecrackerFour.htm

River City 4th Fest 5k

What: 5k Run/Walk

When: Monday, July 4 @8am

Where: Whitford Park, 625 N River Road, Waterford

Cost: $25

Details: Overall, masters and age group awards

2015 Overall Winners: Ryan Hopper (16:31); Jessica Monson (17:05)

Website: http://chamber.waterford-wi.org/events/details/river-city-4th-fest-5k-run-07-04-2016-670

Share time! Where are you racing this weekend?

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Check It Out: Milwaukee Running Expo

Looking for something to do this weekend? If you’re free on Saturday, check out the Milwaukee Running Expo at Fleet Feet Sports Brookfield!

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At the expo, you can check out the latest running shoes and accessories, sign up for local races and learn more about running-related products and services. All major shoes brands will be in attendance, along with many local race directors, business owners and running experts.

Every hour on the hour from 8am-3pm, there will be a 2-mile group run, during which you can test out any demo shoe. This is a great opportunity to try out a pair of shoes before you buy! If you can’t make one of the group runs, you can still try on any shoes you want and take them on a test run.

There will also be group workouts lead by Tori Hartmann of FitHart at 9:30am and 10:30am.

Expo vendors include:

Shoes: Asics, New Balance, Hoka, Brooks, Saucony, Adidas, Mizuno

Socks: Feetures, Balega

Compression: CEP

Injury Prevention: Trigger Point

Race Directors: Chris Ponteri (Milwaukee Running Festival), Lighthouse Events

Running Coach: Matt Thull of ThunderDome Running

Nutrition: CLIF, GU

Local Health Experts: Kyle Weber, PT of Weber Physical Therapy

If you’re interested in attending, register here: http://www.fleetfeetbrookfield.com/in-store-events/milwaukee-running-expo-2016

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!

Join in the Fun at Milwaukee Running Day!

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!

Race It: Run Like A Mother 5k + A Race Entry Giveaway!

In honor of moms everywhere, Run Like A Mother is a 5k that’s all about making moms feel special. Below, Race Director Chris Ponteri tells us a bit about this year’s race and why you should consider joining in the fun, whether you are a mom yourself, are running with your mom or are racing in honor of your mom!

For race specifics, see our Featured Races page.

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Can you start off by telling us a bit about Run Like A Mother? How many years has the race been run in Milwaukee?

It is a 5k run/walk with mothers in mind. Since it’s held on Mother’s Day, we like to pamper mothers (and all finishers) and make them feel special. This is the 5th year. The first two years were held at Hoyt Park in Wauwatosa, then it moved to Veterans Park at the lakefront, and now the race will be back at Hoyt Park. I feel like the Tosa location is much better for an event like this. It just seems like the right home for us.

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What makes this race different/unique? Is it true only women can run the race?

It’s open to everyone, but we usually see about 99% of the participants being females. All finishers get a flower and a medal, which is something you typically don’t see in a 5k race. And the shirts are very high quality.

Tell us a bit about the race location and course – and do you have any course tips for runners hoping to run a fast time at the race?

The race starts in Hoyt Park and heads to the Oak Leaf Trail where there is an out-and-back, and then it finishes where it started. I would consider it a fast course since there aren’t too many turns and it’s fairly flat.

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What about the training plans offered on the race website – what types of plans are offered and who might they benefit?

Our running store partner – Performance Running Outfitters – is offering a training program to get beginners ready for their first 5k. You can find more information about this on our website or by contacting the Brookfield location.

Are there overall and/or age group prizes?

We will give awards to the top three overall finishers and have plenty of age group prizes.

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What do participants get with their race entry?

Everyone gets a nice bag and a very high quality shirt. Finishers get a medal and a flower.

Can you tell us a bit about this year’s nonprofit partner?

Our partner is the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation again this year. They do great work and are very supportive of local running events. We are happy to have them back.

Thanks for chatting with us, Chris!

Run Like A Mother is generously providing a race entry for one Keep Running MKE reader. To enter to win, answer the following question in the comments section:

What’s one thing you learned from Mom?

Best of luck to all who enter! We’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, March 30.

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.

Race It: The North Face Endurance Challenge WI + A Race Entry Giveaway!

If you’re up for an adventure, you need to race this fall’s North Face Endurance Challenge Wisconsin. With distances ranging from 5k to 50 miles, all on the trails of the beautiful Kettle Moraine State Park, there’s something for everyone from trail running newbies to experienced ultrarunners.

Below, race representative Jeff Ball tells us more about this year’s event. For race specifics, visit our Featured Races page.

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Can you give us an overview of The North Face Endurance Challenge Wisconsin weekend?
The weekend kicks off with our GORE-TEX 50 Mile race on Saturday morning at 5am. It’s our longest race distance offered and is an excellent way to start the event. We also have a 50K, Marathon and Marathon Relay that day, along with a free Kid’s 1K Fun Run. On Sunday, we offer a Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and, again, a Kid’s 1K Fun Run. The weekend is a lot of fun as the trail community comes together – there are partner and sponsor booths with an excellent vibe to the event.

What makes this event different or unique?
These races are different in the sense that we have 7 different race distances to choose from, so there is something for everyone. We also try to make the event a place that you want to hang around at both before and after your race and meet new friends.

Is there anything new being offered or are there any changes from last year’s Challenge weekend?
The event will be the same in terms of the courses and routes each distance will run. We always try to improve upon the previous year’s event, so expect to see some improvements!

Can you tell us more the races?
All of the race distances will find most of the same trail conditions. There are short, but tough hills on a mix of horse trail and single/double track trails. The aid stations for the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon will have electrolyte drink and water available. The Marathon Relay, Marathon, 50K and 50 Mile aid stations will have electrolyte drink, water, soda, pretzels, chips, M&M’s, skittles, boiled potatoes and more to keep runners going.

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All events have overall and age group prizes. The overall awards are given to the top 3 male and female per race distance. Age group prizes are awarded to the first finisher in each category. All runners will receive a race-specific tech t-shirt from The North Face. Depending on their race distance, runners will receive free beer and food.

Being a trail race, what should runners expect compared to a road race? Any trail racing training tips?
Runners should expect to find more hills and rugged terrain then they typically run on the roads. We suggest doing hill training and getting on the trails in their local area before coming out for the race so they are well prepared.

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Are there any known elite ultrarunners or trail racers expected at this year’s event?
We haven’t heard who will be coming this year, but Tyler Sigl has won the event three years in a row so if he comes back again he will be the one to watch. Last year we had The North Face runner Dylan Bowman join us, and we may have another sponsored runner join us again in 2016 for the 50 Mile race.

Any other comments?
This event is a great chance to get more into trail running. We encourage everyone to join us for The North Face Endurance Challenge Wisconsin in 2016!

Thanks so much for chatting with us, Jeff! Now for the part you’ve been waiting for – who wants to win a race entry? The North Face Endurance Challenge Wisconsin is generously providing a race entry for one Keep Running MKE reader. To enter to win, answer the following Q in the comments section:

Which distance would you race at The North Face Endurance Challenge WI?

Best of luck to all who enter! We’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, March 16.

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.

Race It: Race for the Bacon 2016

If you love bacon as much as we do, this race is for you. Race for the Bacon is back for a 5th year and registration opens today!

We recently chatted with Race Director/Boss Hog Chris Ponteri about this year’s race. Read on to learn more about the course, the mid-race bacon station and the best way to eat a piece of bacon on the run!

For race specifics, visit our Featured Races page.

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2016 marks the 5th year Milwaukee has raced for bacon – why is this such a popular event?
One reason: BACON!!!!!!

What’s happening at this year’s event? Will there be anything new or different to mark the event’s 5th birthday?
Wow, 5 years already! Everything will be business as usual this year. You hate to tinker with a format that works so well. Last year we added the 0k race, but this year will look very similar to last: lots of bacon.

Can you tell us about this year’s course? Are there any changes from last year?
The course will be identical to last year’s. We will start on Sheridan Drive again, then go on Lake Drive, and back through the park to the finish.

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Will the race have a mid-race bacon station again? If so, do runners have to eat a piece of bacon to qualify for awards?
Yes, the bacon station will be back. There is no requirement to eat a piece (or six) during the race, but it has seemed to help the faster runners stay fueled down the stretch so I think everyone should try it.

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Do you have any tips for grabbing and eating a piece of bacon during the race?
Savor it; do not try to swallow it whole.

Last year the race introduced the 0K – will this be part of the event again?
Yes, the 0k will be back. This was started as a fun way for non-runners to attend the post-race Bacon Bash without having the complete a 5k. I think we had about 50 people do it. They also get one of our cool shirts.

What’s on the menu for this year’s Bacon Bash?
Lots of bacon and other things that only taste good because they have bacon in them.

Just for fun: What’s the Boss Hog’s favorite way to eat bacon?
On a BLT sandwich without the tomato, lettuce or bread.

Any other comments?
As the wise Homer Simpson once said, “Mmmmm….bacon.”

Thanks for chatting with us, Chris!

Who will we see at this year’s Race for the Bacon? And, who’s planning to eat a piece of bacon – or two or three – mid race?

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