Summerfest Rock 'n Sole
➸ Entering its 31st year, the Superun serves as a summertime reunion for local runners and a chance for the high school and college kids to show off their speed. Italian sausages from the Pompeii Men’s Club are part of the tradition, along with the lung-busting climb up Ravine Road. June 12. Lake Park, 3233 E. Kenwood Blvd. Entry fee: $25-$35.
Summerfest Rock ’n Sole Run
➸ It’s a rare opportunity to race over Milwaukee’s Hoan Bridge, and the tie to Summerfest helps this event attract close to 6,500 participants. A scenic course and live postrace music on the Summerfest grounds also make this a popular pick. June 15. Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr. Entry fee: $30-$115 for three different events.
Great Milwaukee Race
➸ It’s part scavenger hunt, part trivia contest as participants receive a set of clues to guide them to Milwaukee locations. Along the way, participants complete mental or physical challenges featuring potato-sack races, a water balloon catch and hula hoops. Total distance is 6 to 8 miles. June 22. Loaded Slate, 1137 N. Old World Third St. Entry fee: $80-$120 for teams of two to four.
LoziLu Women’s 5K Mud Run
➸ LoziLu is one of the newer, smaller and most beginner-friendly entries in the mud run market, with mud pits, cargo nets and other optional obstacles. “It’s about welcoming people to fitness,” says co-founder Francis Donovan. Roughly 5 percent of entry revenue goes to Leukemia Ironman Fundraiser for Eric. June 29. The Rock Sports Complex (formerly Crystal Ridge Ski Area), 7900 W. Crystal Ridge Dr., Franklin. Entry fee: $54-$89.
➸ The kind of race Erin Feldhausen would love. About 125 runners. No frills. Just T-shirts, water, bananas and an ice cream cup at the finish. Three steep hills and the rare 5-mile distance make this one of the most challenging races in the state. Proceeds go to four southeastern Wisconsin charities. June 30. Waubedonia Park, 1155 Hwy. A., Fredonia. Entry fee: $15-20.
➸ Nearly 900 runners start their Independence Day celebration racing over the tree-lined streets of Hales Corners. A trio of high school cross-country runners from Hales Corners started the community event in 1979 and picked the unusual 4-mile distance as a riff on NASCAR’s Firecracker 400. July 4. Hales Corners Park, 5675 South New Berlin Rd., Hales Corners. Entry fee: $22-$25.
BMO Harris Bank Storm the Bastille 5K
➸ The East Town Association puts on a party for 5,000 runners. They amble through Downtown Milwaukee as part of the 32-year-old Bastille Days Festival. With a course that may or may not be a true 5K, it’s the perfect mix of sweat and beer. July 11. Corner of Jefferson and Wells streets. Entry fee: $20-$25.
Brewers Community foundation’s 15th annual 5k Famous Racing Sausages run/walk
➸ Known more for their midgame dashes in front of screaming fans, the racing sausages stretch out with 4,000 non-costumed competitors in a 5K around Miller Park. The race consistently sells out every year, so don’t dawdle on entering. July 20. Klement’s Sausage Haus. Miller Park, 1 Brewers Way. Entry fee: $30.
The Capuchins’ Run/Walk for the Hungry to German Fest
➸ The Capuchins’ Run/Walk offers one of the fastest 5K courses in the area, a flat loop through Veterans Park. Entry fees include tickets for German Fest, beer and food, and proceeds feed the hungry at the St. Benedict the Moor Community Meal and House of Peace. July 25. Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr. Entry fee: $10-$30.
Wisconsin Trail Assail Fox River Park 5K and 10K
➸ Cross-country runners slogged through mud long before Dirty Girl made it sexy. Sean Osborne, a runner and real estate broker, re-creates that experience with a six-race series in Waukesha County Parks, including Fox River Park. Like a high school cross-country meet, the races will have a large open-field start, the dash to the trail and a wide-open finish. Aug. 3. W264 S4500 River Rd., Waukesha. Entry fee: $30-$35.
Warrior Dash Wisconsin
➸ One of the big three in the battle for obstacle race supremacy, the 5K Warrior Dash offers the wall-climb test in the “Vicious Valleys,” a “Petrifying Plunge” and the “Warrior Roast” dash through fire. Billed as the World’s Largest Obstacle Race Series, the Warrior Dash projects nearly 1 million participants in 2013. Through its efforts, nearly $5.5 million has been donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Aug. 3. Milford Hills Hunt Club, W5760 French Rd., Johnson Creek. Entry fee: $60-$90.
Dirty Girl Mud Run
➸ With a muddy crawl through the “Utopian Tubes” and a mud pit dubbed “Get Over Yourself!” Dirty Girl sets the standard on catering to the female sense of self and inner child. No timing. No competition. And Dirty Girl donates 2.5 percent of entry fees to the National Breast Cancer Foundation*. Aug. 17 and 18. Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Rd., Waukesha. Entry fee: $65-$100.
*Update 6/3/2013: The National Breast Cancer Foundation is no longer involved with Dirty Girl. A spokesman for Dirty Girl says it expects to donate $300,000 to breast cancer cancer charities nationwide in 2013.