Whether you prefer mud or trail, concrete or street, there’s a run for you.
By Amber Jorgenson, Joseph Boyle and Jonathan Powell
Wisconsin Trail Assail
➸ The Wisconsin Trail Assail is back with a vengeance this spring, offering six races in five different Waukesha County parks from April to October. Each race offers 5K and 10K course options, and four of them offer half-marathons for those looking to assail the trails a bit more thoroughly. Just make sure you train extra hard for them, lest the trails end up assailing you. April 16–October 15. Starts with Run from the Taxman Run & Walk. W329 N846 County C, Delafield. Entry fee: $30-$45 per individual race.
Summerfest Rock ’n Sole Run
➸ Run hard and play harder in true Summerfest style with this trifecta of trots. Runners can participate in a 5K, quarter-marathon or half-marathon, each of which includes a free ticket to Summerfest, a free beer (21+), and a T-shirt, as well as a post-race party featuring live music. June 11. Henry Maier Festival Park, 639 E. Polk St. Entry fee: $30-$95.
Walk Run Wag for MADACC
➸ You and your pup can burn off some of that summer energy while supporting MADACC’s goals of reducing the number of animals in need and increasing adoption availability. The fifth annual event consists of a 5K run or a two-mile walk, both of which offer the option of bringing your dog. Post-race festivities continue with beer and information about rescue organizations. July 9. Hart Park, 7300 W. Chestnut St., Wauwatosa. Entry fee: $20-$25.
The Wheels & Heels
➸ This race is disability-friendly and ready to roll for those who want to run, handcycle or wheelchair race. The 5K that runs up and down scenic Lake Michigan raises money for paralysis research through the National Spinal Cord Injury Association’s S.E. Wisconsin Chapter. July 22. Veterans Park, 1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr. Entry fee: $20-$25.
Brewers Community Foundation’s 5k Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk
➸ Known throughout the baseball world for their lively dashes around the field before the seventh inning, the racing sausages will go toe-to-toe with up to 10,000 non-costumed competitors for a 5K that meanders around and through Miller Park. The event sells out every year, so get cookin’ and get your “dogs” in this hot race. July 30. Klement’s Sausage Haus. Miller Park, 1 Brewers Way. Entry fee: $30-$35.
Warrior Dash Wisconsin
➸ If you’re looking to test your mettle, you need look no further than the 2016 Warrior Dash, a 5K obstacle course in Franklin. Interested warriors can expect to slog through mud, jump over fire and slide into a giant water puddle. It’s sure to be a rough day, but you’ll be rewarded with some pretty cool prizes if you reach the finish line. Enter only if ye be men and women of valor. August 13. 7900 Crystal Ridge Rd., Franklin. Entry fee: $50-$90.
Dirty Girl Mud Run
➸ Women looking to challenge themselves should mark their calendars for August 13, the day the Dirty Girl Mud Run hits Wisconsin. The aptly-named 3-mile obstacle course emphasizes fun and welcomes women of all backgrounds and athletic levels to participate at whatever pace they find comfortable. Dirty Girl partners with the nonprofit charity group Bright Pink to raise awareness for breast and ovarian cancer. Sometimes, you have to play dirty to do the right thing. August 13. 1000 Northview Rd., Waukesha. Entry fee: $65-$79.