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Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon 2021


Join the starting line of Wisconsin's PREMIER marathon...LIVE!

You've come to know the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon as a well-organized, perfect-sized event (approx. 3000 registrations) with great perks, competition, friendly volunteers and one heck of an after party at the famous Summerfest grounds.  What you may not have known is that this will be our 40th Anniversary year and we are determined to make this your favorite race of all time!


Why do Lakefront?

  • Boston-qualifier course (Every year since 1981!) and approx. 17% of our finishers qualify!
  • Many of our winners/competitors participated in the 2020 Olympic Trials so you know the competition is going to be good!  (check out details on our Elites page if you think you would qualify)
  • FREE bus transportation from our host hotels or finish line to the warm and dry staging area at the start line. Also, FREE transportation back to the host hotels from the finish line celebration.
  • 99.6% satisfaction rating and always striving for 100%
  • Unique and fun point-to-point course with overall negative grade!
  • Produced by energetic and committed volunteers ("For Runners"!)
  • After-party with live band and plenty of delicious beer
  • We embrace the World-class athletes as much as the 6.5 hour warriors
  • Family and friends can participate in a 5K and cross the finish chute just before you finish your 26.2!



IMPORTANT NOTE (PLEASE READ):  Current Covid-19 health guidelines are allowing us to host our event as intended.  However, since nobody can predict the future, we may need to reduce the field or offer other safety information.  Please review our "COVID-19 Update" page for current information.

Price based on registration totals:

MARATHON DISTANCE                                              2-PERSON RELAY

Tier 1:  $80/$70 (1 to 500)                                            $65/$55  PER RUNNER

Tier 2:  $90/$80 (501 to 1000)                                      $75/$65  PER RUNNER

Tier 3:  $100/$90 (1001 to 1500)                                  $85/$75  PER RUNNER

 Tier 4:  $110/$100 (1501 to 2000)                               $95/$85  PER RUNNER

 Tier 5:  $120 ALL (2001-2500)  (Current Tier)             $95  PER RUNNER

Tier 6:  $130 ALL (2501-3000)                                      $95 PER RUNNER

 $150 ALL (over 3000)                                                   $100 PER RUNNER



We even have a 5k distance at 8:30am on "Marathon Sunday" for friends and family to participate in.  Click HERE for more info and to register.



1.  $5,000 BONUS to the first male and/or female that beats our LFM marathon records (2:14:09 male/2:39:15 female). *

     $   250 BONUS to the first Wisconsin Male and Female finisher. *

*These are in addition to overall prize money.

2.  Members who ran the inagural Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon in 1981 shall receive FREE Entry and introductions on Race Day 2021.

3.  Low-cost race insurance and Bib Tranfers/Race Deferrals allowed (until September 15th) for only $15 (sign up now and take advantage of low prices!) 

4.  LIVE artist demonstration at the finish line celebration with creation of a commemorative LFM limited-edition poster.

5.  Larger finish line viewing area for friends, family and fans of all ages!

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 2021 Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon journey.


Check out this video from 2019 race day


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2-Person Lakefront Marathon Relay

Not ready for the 26.2 by yourself?  Grab a friend and run as a team for the thrill, joy and health of it!  Top 3 teams will earn award for: All Male, All Female and Mixed.  Hand-off station is 13.7 miles from start and bag drop/refueling station and bus transportation provided.  Both participants on the team will receive same perks as full marathon participants do.  Limited to first 200 teams.

Look for all the details and options on our website beginning September 16.  An email will also be sent to all registered teams by Saturday, September 18th.

Time: 7:30 AM
Fee: $95.00

Virtual Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon

Not able to make it to the Milwaukee Lakefront shores for our big celebration?  Well we are certainly going to miss you but if there is any way that we can help inspire you in running a marathon in our honor, we would love to send you the official Lakefront Marathon jacket (if registered before June 15) or long-sleeve technical shirt.  Of course we are going to assume you will give it all you got so we will provide: custom printed bib, 3 GU energy gels, put an official LFM finisher medal in a package to be opened when you cross the supplied LFM finisher tape that can be held by family/friends.  Postage is even included!  Let's celebrate our 40th Anniversary matter where you may be!

Fee: $50.00

One 2021 Lakefront Marathon entry

This registration entitles you a coveted spot in the 2021 Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon

Time: 7:30 AM
Fee: $130.00

2021 University Challenge Marathon 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?  

Time: 7:30 AM
Fee: $125.00

1981 finisher signing up for 2021

Registration for those who ran the innagural Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon in 1981 and are signing up for our 40th annual event.

Time: 7:30 AM
Fee: $0.00

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