10 Runs to Sign up for in Milwaukee This Spring

5K/10K’s in the city start early and make the most of what is perhaps better described as “late winter” than “early spring.”

St. Patrick’s Day/Season is like the Olympics of Milwaukee, wherein the city’s stars of track and field test their frostbitten mettle on routes across the metro area. The 5K’s and 7K’s come hot and heavy. There’s no stopping them, just like there’s no stopping the collective denial that even though it’s March, it’s still cold in Wisconsin and no amount of thin, green clothing will change that fact. The only thing that can is having a good time.

Milwaukee St. Paddy’s 5K

March 11
“Chip timed” for statistical accuracy, the St. Paddy’s 5K will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin

Lucky Leprechaun 7K

March 17
“Run, walk or stumble your way” through Wauwatosa, but this time have it benefit the MACC Fund. Sign up online to become a Gold Runner and raise money.

Shake Your Shamrocks 5K

March 17
Part of the Chilly Willy Run Series, this jaunt in Oconomowoc benefits MS (multiple sclerosis) Run the U.S., Inc. There will also be a children’s 1K.

Luck of the Irish 5K run/walk or 10K run

March 25
Part of the Winter Run Series, this high-production event in Cedarburg includes “pump up” stations melding Gatorade with moral support and proper medals.

First Call 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon

March 31
This is not so much a chance to get your St. Patrick’s Day ya-ya’s out as it is a serious running event located in and around Sunset Park.

Run the Trailbreaker

April 7
Pick your length: 5K, 10K, half-marathon or marathon. The dramatic marathon course includes sections of the Ice Age Trail, and a turnaround at the top of the Lapham Peak lookout tower.

Run from the Taxman

April 14
An event that makes the most of Lapahm Peak park, within 5K, 10K and half-marathon routes looping all over the place. Like Run the Trailbreaker (above), there’s some lookout tower climbing involved as well.

Brew City Run

April 14
Another big event on the run calendar, and one that’s studded with large finisher medals. You’re also treated with a live band, beer and brats if you cross the finish line.

Shakespeare 5K

April 21
As you might expect, it’s totally cool to walk this one. And it might be wise if you heed the invitation and dress like a fictional character.

Sweet Home Milwaukee 5K

April 22
A combined walk/run and food drive for the Hunger Task Force with a lakefront course.



Matt has written for Milwaukee Magazine since 2006, when he was a lowly intern. Since then, he’s held the posts of assistant news editor and, most recently, senior editor. He’s lived in South Carolina, Tennessee, Connecticut, Iowa, and Indiana but mostly in Wisconsin. He wants to do more fishing but has a hard time finding worms. For the magazine, Matt has written about city government, schools, religion, coffee roasters and Congress.