Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Lake Michigan Marathon - Aug 31, 2014 - FREE ENTRY Giveaway

Madison-area runners can race the trails next Labor Day Weekend without heading out of town. That’s when the Lake Michigan Trail Marathon will make its debut in the Milwaukee County Parks along the south shore of Lake Michigan.

I am very excited to be serving as an ambassador for the Lake Michigan Trail Half Marathon event.  Join me for 13.1 fabulous and scenic miles.  I'm always looking for more half marathon events to during the summer months and this will be perfect addition to my summer training schedule.

The event, which will also include a 50-kilometer race, a half marathon and a 20-mile “training run”, will be held on Sunday, August 31.  It will start and finish at Sheridan Park in Cudahy. The course will also include South Shore Park and Bay View Park in Milwaukee, Warnimont Park in Cudahy and Grant Park in South Milwaukee.
  Much of the course will be on the paved Oak Leaf Trail which runs along the Lake Michigan shore from Milwaukee to South Milwaukee.  However, what makes this race so unique is that the course will also go “off road” and venture deep into the woods where runners will find the dirt-covered Forked Aster and the Seven Bridges Hiking Trails.  They will even run a little over a mile on the sandy beach in Grant Park.

The marathon will be a Boston Marathon qualifier.  It will be one of the last chances to qualify since it will be held just two weeks before the Boston cutoff.  Despite the trails and sand, it will be a good course to run a decent marathon time.  The course for the marathon will take runners on a south loop to Grant Park, then a north out-and-back to South Shore Park followed by another south loop. There are not many big hills or sharp turns. The slowest part of the course will be the portion on the beach due to the sand.

The 50k (31.1 mile) race will include two south loops and two north out-and-backs.  The half marathon runners will do the south loop and an abbreviated out-and-back to the north.  The 20-mile course will be similar to the marathon but the second south loop will be shortened.

All participants of the marathon, half marathon and 50k will receive a tech shirt, a high-quality finisher’s medal and reusable goody bag.  The races will be chip-timed.  For the 20-mile “training run”, participants will bet a shirt and a bag, but not a finisher’s medal.  The 20-mile event, which will have a special low price, is aimed at runners who are training for a fall marathon and want to get in a long run which includes a race-day atmosphere.
The capacity for all four events combined is 1,200 runners.  This includes 400 for the half marathon, 300 for the marathon, 300 for the 50k and 200 for the 20-miler.  Registration is open and the link to the registration site can be found on the event website at


One of the goals of the race is to educate and raise awareness of the Milwaukee County Park System, especially along the south shore of Lake Michigan.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Friends of Grant Park.  A second charity partner will be the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.  Sponsors include Performance Running Outfitters and Running in the USA.

Use discount code "lakemich5" for $5 off of your entry to
any of the Lake Michigan Trail Marathon events!

One lucky winner will win a
a Lake Michigan Trail Marathon
event of their choice - any distance


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Enter now though Tuesday, March 4.

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  1. Ahhh I've been eyeing this one up and am tempted to do the ultra. So cool that you are an ambassador, Jamie! I am a blog follower. (duhhh) :)

  2. I like the part where you get to run along the beach! I'm sure it will be beautiful.

  3. I liked their FB page and left a message.

  4. I visited the race website. I love that these are trails and that you pass the same point multiple times. Great for having family come and cheer.

  5. I think it's fab that the trail looks so pretty. I also like the loops and out and backs, easier to break the distance up, instead of looking at it as a whole.

  6. I liked Lake Michigan trail marathon on facebook, and let them know you sent me.

  7. I follow your blog with feedly!

  8. I Follow Running Diva Mom on Facebook!

  9. I think it's fabulous that race day packet pick-up is an option!

  10. I liked the Lake MIchigan Trail Marathon page on facebook and left a comment (mentioning YOU!)! https://www.facebook.com/lakemichiganmarathon/posts/1467790226767360?stream_ref=10

  11. I tweeted about the giveaway! https://twitter.com/carrotrunr/status/439561245432107008

  12. I visited the Lake Michigan Marathon page, and I love the scenic views of the trail.