Badgerland Striders

Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon 2020


It's the 40th running of the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon and you thought last year was awesome?

​Registration opened on Monday, January 6th at a kick-off party and we are off to a great start!  This year we have incentives for you to sign up early: new price structure that increases the price by $10 every 500 registrations (see below), deferral, bib transfer and insurance options.  There is no reason for you to delay and get the motivation needed to have your best marathon experience yet.  We are looking forward to being your host and seeing you cross our finish line this Fall.


Who are We?

You've come to know the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon as a well-organized, perfect-sized event with one heck of an after party at the famous Summerfest grounds but I guarantee that we are going to do whatever we can to make this a truly memorable year.  I hope we can make this your favorite race of all time!

The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon is a USATF Certified Course that starts in front of Grafton High School on Hwy. 60 (about one mile west of I-43). This flat and scenic point-to-point course travels south through rural countryside, quiet north shore neighborhoods and finishes along the shores of Lake Michigan. You can qualify for the Boston Marathon by doing the Lakefront Marathon!

Why do Lakefront?

  • Boston-qualifier course (Every year since 1981!)
  • Warm and dry Indoor building prior to race start
  • Low-cost with coveted benefits (our long-sleeve shirts are going to be best-ever!)
  • Unique point-to-point, fun, flat course with just enough "rollers" to keep your interest.  Overall negative grade!
  • Produced by energetic and committed volunteers ("For Runners"!)
  • After-party with live band and plenty of delicious Lakefront Brewing Co. beer (no tear-off bib ticket here)
  • World-class athletes encouraging the 6.5 hour warriors
  • 99.6% runner satisfaction
  • Family and friends can cross the same finish chute in a 5K just before you arrive


Registration will open with rock-bottom prices for such a world-class event: $80 non-members/$70 Badgerland Strider members (you can take our an annual family membership for only $20 when you sign up!).  Then, every 500 registrations, our prices will increase:

$90/$80 (501 to 1000)

$100/90 (1001 to 1500)

 $110/$100 (1501 to 2000)

 $120 ALL (2001-2500)

$130 ALL (2501-3000)

 $150 ALL (over 3000)


BONUS:  In commemoration of our 40th event, we will be offering a $40 refund to every 40th registration.  In addition to an email confirmation, we will be posting the lucky winners names onto our social media platforms


1.  $5,000 BONUS to the first male and/or female that beats our course records currently 2:14:09 male/2:39:15 female).  This is in addition to overall prize money.

2.  Members who ran the innagural Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon in 1981 shall receive FREE Entry and introductions on Race Day 2020.

3.  Hot food will be served post-race in addition to the bag snacks you love so much!

4.  Two beer stands 

5.  Larger finish line viewing area

6.  You think we're done?  Ha!  The ideas are only starting.  We will have other exciting news to share as we can but for now, just know there is no reason not to sign up today and begin your 2020 Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon journey.


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Thank you and we will see you at the start...and finish on October 4th!


Defer your entry to 2021

If you are registered for the 2020 Milwaukee Lakefront and can no longer participate, we are allowing deferrments to our 2021 event.  This option will expire on August 1, 2020.  After completing this option and paying the $25 fee, we will send you a confirmation when registration opens next year with instructions on how to re-register.  We are sorry to hear that you can no longer participate but we definitely look forward to hosting you next year.

Fee: $25.00

One 2020 Lakefront Marathon entry

This registration entitles you a coveted spot in the 2020 Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon

Time: 7:30 AM
Fee: $90.00
Member Discount Applicable

University Challenge Participant

Are you a student, educator,staff or alumni of: Cardinal Stritch, Concordia University, Marquette University, MSOE or UW-Milwaukee and want to be part of their "University Challenge" team?  A $10 discount will be applied and school will be notified for confirmation/verification.

Time: 7:30 AM
Fee: $80.00
Member Discount Applicable

2020 Lakefront Marathon participant who also ran in 1981 Lakefront Marathon

Registration for those who ran the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon in 1981 and are signing up today!

Time: 7:30 AM
Fee: $0.00

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