Running in Milwaukee

Sports & Recreation

Milwaukee’s prime lakefront location, well-paved trails, and gorgeous parks provide plenty of opportunities for fun and adventure in our great “urban outdoors.” Don’t miss the chance to get out and get active – and hit the pavement - while you’re in town!

Lakefront Trail

Get your morning (or afternoon) workout in with a spectacular view. Run along the popular six-mile Lakefront Trail, beginning just north of the Milwaukee Art Museum along Lake Michigan. This paved, three-mile loop features a 20-station exercise course and the one-mile, Lakeshore State Park Loop (“Summerfest Island”), the perfect place to check out the city’s warm-weather festival scene.

Oak Leaf Trail

Run along a stretch of the 120-mile Oak Leaf Trail that follows an abandoned railroad corridor from the lakefront through beautiful wooded areas along the Milwaukee River.

Hank Aaron Trail

For a unique urban running experience, head west along the Hank Aaron State Trail in the Menomonee River Valley, where historical markers, artworks and wetlands preservation mark the trail through this former industrial area. The roughly 12-mile trail also passes by the Menomonee Valley location of the Urban Ecology Center near Three Bridges Park.

Milwaukee RiverWalk

In the heart of downtown, the three-mile long RiverWalk winds along the Milwaukee River with access to some of the city's best restaurants, brewpubs, shops and waterfront nightlife.

a unique urban running experience

Running Events

Hartfest Half Marathon - June 19, 2021

Briggs & Al’s Run and Walk - August 1 - September 18, 2021

Hank Aaron State Trail Run - August 14, 2021

Brew City Half Marathon, 10K and 5K - September 5, 2021

Lakefront Marathon - October 3, 2021

Milwaukee Turkey Trot 5K and 8K - November 25, 2021