Milwaukee Marathon

Why I’m Doing the Milwaukee Marathon

Follow Jonathan McWalter's journey from training to running and join this April's race.

By - Mar 4th, 2019 03:21 pm
Running. Photo by Josiah Mackenzie. (CC BY 2.0)

Running. Photo by Josiah Mackenzie. (CC BY 2.0)

I’m a marathon runner, and would like to share my story and promise not to throw any bunk your way. I truly am excited about the upcoming Milwaukee Marathon in April 2019. And the biggest reason? While it will be the fourth marathon I’ve run, it’s the very first in the state I now call home. I feel like the Milwaukee Marathon should have been the first but, alas, it was not. But here I am now with the opportunity to run this race as a BibRavePro (and I did choose the distance; I could have picked the half-marathon or the 5K if I wanted), and I want others to join me and see all that Milwaukee and its surrounding suburbs have to offer to the visiting public. It’s a cool run. but I will also freely admit I picked this race because it is near where I live and, honestly, it will be nice to sleep in my own bed the night before a marathon. No surprises, just wake up and head down to the start line. That’s going to feel real good come race morning. Then there is the fact that I can train in some of the same neighborhoods where the course takes place. I like knowing what to expect or at least have a general idea of what type of elevation I will encounter.

I plan to keep you updated (and myself accountable) with a training log this time around. It won’t be crazy in depth, but will include everything I am doing as the race gets closer and closer. Yes, I’m starting late — training has already started. I will only be getting in 16 weeks of training due to an error in judgment in how much time there was until April 6. Oh well. I am putting more effort and concentration into it and there will be more blog posts to come.

Another reason you should think about joining me for the Milwaukee Marathon on April 6? Well, how about that swag that comes with this race? If you do the half marathon or the full, as I am, you will receive a sweet quarter-zip fleece and a tech tee! If you do just the 5K, you will receive only the tech tee.

What about a medal you ask? It really is a nice one.

And of course, there will be…beer! The post-race party might be what I look forward to the most and not just because of the free beer you get at the finish. No, this year the party will be held at Fiserv Forum, the Milwaukee Bucks’ new arena and outdoor gathering place.

So, lots of exciting aspects to the Milwaukee Marathon in Milwaukee on April 6, 2019. And, most importantly, when you sign up for your preferred distance be sure to use code “RUN15” to save 15 percent on your entry! Meanwhile. you can follow my blog not only for my training updates, but to see what else the Milwaukee Marathon can offer you.

Happy Running!

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Milwaukee Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

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