Get active this summer with an organized run or bike ride.


Big Gay 5K

DATE: Thursday, June 7

Show off your pride on this scenic course that weaves through Veterans Park. Proceeds benefit the Milwaukee Gay Sports Network and AIDS charities.

Wisconsin Trail Assail – Father’s Day

DATE: Saturday, June 16

Bond with Dad while challenging your endurance on this race in Menomonee Falls.

Tails on the Trail: Run/Walk for the Animals

DATE: Saturday, June 23
DISTANCE: 5K, or 1-mile walk

This is the race for animal lovers! Proceeds benefit the Wisconsin Humane Society, and plenty of pooches gather along the Veterans Park course.

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Storm the Bastille

DATE: Thursday, July 12
DISTANCE: 5K run, 2-mile walk

With runners dressed in berets and carrying baguettes, a 9 p.m. start time, and a pretty much mandatory pre-race glass of wine, this is the ultimate fun run.

Cream Puff 5K

DATE: Wednesday, July 18
DISTANCE: 5K run, 1K walk

Get psyched up for the Wisconsin State Fair (which starts Aug. 2) with a course that winds through the grounds and a finish line that serves your first official cream puff of the year.

Brewers Community Foundation 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk

DATE: Saturday, July 21

Run with the Famous Racing Sausages, jog onto the Miller Park field and enjoy a complimentary beer and hot dog at the finish!

Hank Aaron State Trail 5K

DATE: Saturday, Aug. 11

This race honors one of Milwaukee’s best trails in style, and rewards its racers with post-run root beer floats and burgers.

The Olympian 5K/10K

DATE: Saturday, Aug. 11

Supporting the Wisconsin Senior Olympics, this all-ages race takes place primarily along Racine’s lakefront.

MPS Run Back to School

DATE: Saturday, Aug. 25
DISTANCE: 5K run, 1.5-mile walk

This race brings the school year back in style with a course winding through Washington Park and proceeds benefiting MPS youth recreation programs.


UPAF Ride for the Arts

DATE: Sunday, June 3
DISTANCE: 5, 12, 25, 45 and 70 miles

Sign up, if only for the thrill of riding a bike across the Hoan Bridge.

Fat Tire Tour

DATE: Saturday, June 16
DISTANCE: 15-20 miles

This event joins two great Milwaukee loves – bikes and beer – on a route that’s kept a surprise until the day of the race and features five bar stops.

Polish Moon Ride

DATE: Friday, June 22
DISTANCE: 8 miles

This family-friendly ride puts the emphasis on fun, weaving at a slow pace through Milwaukee’s historic Polish neighborhoods with police and polka music escorts.

Colectivo Coffee Bean Classic

DATE: Sunday, July 22
DISTANCE: 35, 60, 85, 105, 110 or 120 minutes

Racers who conquer these challenging mountain bike courses are rewarded with access to a Colectivo coffee bar with a range of hot and cold brews.

Riverwest 24

DATE: Friday, July 27-Saturday, July 28
DISTANCE: 24 hours

This event makes 24 hours of biking laps of the same circuit through Riverwest enjoyable, thanks to the hyped crowds and offbeat “bonus checkpoints.”

Wisconsin Women Century Ride

DATE: Saturday, July 28
DISTANCE: 25, 45, 65, 85 and 105 miles

This women-only ride pedals through the scenic northern Kettle Moraine and features excellent post-race festivities.

Ride Across Wisconsin

DATE: Saturday, Aug. 11
DISTANCE: 105 and 175 miles

Traveling from Dubuque to Kenosha, this event should be on all local cyclists’ must lists, what with its fantastic scenery and robust post-race festivities.

Project Echelon Omnium

DATE: Saturday, Aug. 11-Sunday, Aug. 12
DISTANCE: Time-based

Centered in downtown Delafield, this circuit-based event is perfect for racers of all abilities.

Hitting 4 the Cycle

DATE: Saturday, Aug. 25
DISTANCE: 25 miles

 Starting and ending at Miller Park, this race is made for leisurely and competitive bikers alike, has tailgating post-ride, and includes tickets to that night’s Brewers game.

“Celebrate Summer” appears in the June 2018 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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