Milwaukee-area runners can race the trails on Labor Day Weekend without heading out of town. That’s when the Lake Michigan Trail Marathon will make its debut in the Milwaukee County Parks along the south shore of Lake Michigan.

The event, which will also include a 50K, half marathon and a 20-mile “training run,” will be held on Sunday, August 31. It will start and finish at Sheridan Park in Cudahy. The course will also include South Shore Park and Bay View Park in Milwaukee, Warnimont Park in Cudahy and Grant Park in South Milwaukee.

Much of the course will be on the paved Oak Leaf Trail which runs along the Lake Michigan shore from Milwaukee to South Milwaukee. Runners will also go “off road” onto the dirt-covered Forked Aster and the Seven Bridges hiking trails and a mile on the sandy beach in Grant Park.

The course for the marathon will take runners on a south loop to Grant Park, then a north out-and-back to South Shore Park followed by another south loop. The 50K race will include two south loops and two north out-and-backs. The half marathon runners will do the south loop and an abbreviated out-and-back to the north.  The 20-mile course will be similar to the marathon but the second south loop will be shortened.

All participants of the marathon, half marathon and 50k will receive a technical T-shirt, a finisher’s medal and reusable goody bag. The races will be chip-timed. The 20-mile runners will get a shirt and a bag, but not a finisher’s medal. The 20 miler, with a low entry fee, is for runners training for another fall marathon who want a long run with a race-day atmosphere.

The capacity for all four events combined is 1,200 runners. This includes 400 for the half marathon, 300 for the marathon, 300 for the 50K and 200 for the 20 miler. 

A link to the registration site can be found at www.lakemichiganmarathon.com.