The MKE Running Festival runs Oct. 31-Nov. 1.
The MKE Running Festival runs Oct. 31-Nov. 1. (Photo: shutterstock.com)

10 great spots to watch the Milwaukee Running Festival

The PNC Milwaukee Running Festival, including a 5K and an all-city marathon, runs Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

Put on by a nonprofit organization, this is a true world-class running event in Milwaukee that's open to people of all ages and abilities. The event will also be a showcase for our landmarks and unique neighborhoods, a means to boost tourism and enhance the economic well-being of the greater Milwaukee area, and a vehicle for giving back to our community through a strong partnership with local charitable organizations.

Not running this weekend?  Here are 10 great spots for spectating.

  1. Colectivo Coffee on Lincoln Memorial Drive (Mile 1.8 of the Marathon and Half Marathon) Great place to view the early part of the race when the runners will still be in packs. First runner: 7:10 a.m. Last runner 7:30 a.m.
  2. Brady Street and Farwell Avenue (Mile 6 of the Marathon and Half Marathon). Watch the runners go through the heart of Milwaukee's East Side. Rochambo Coffee, 1317 E. Brady St., will host a viewing party and Walgreens, too, which is nearby. First runner: 7:30 a.m. Last runner: 8:30 a.m.
  3. Commerce Street (Mile 7.2 of the Marathon and Half Marathon). Runners will take the wide sidewalk along Commerce Street and will pass in front of Lakefront Brewery and the many area condos and apartments. First runner: 7:37 a.m. Last Runner: 8:50 a.m.
  4. Old World 3rd Street (Mile 8 of the Marathon and Half Marathon). Get a taste for old Milwaukee while watch runners cross through Downtown. First runner: 7:40 a.m. Last runner: 9 a.m.
  5. Marquette University (Mile 9.2 of the Marathon and Half Marathon). Milwaukee's version of the Boston Marathon's "scream tunnel" through the Boston College campus, runners will go through the heart of the MU campus. Best spot to watch would be in the open area on the south side of the Alumni Memorial Union. First runner: 7:50 a.m. Last runner: 9:15 a.m.
  6. Highland Park (Mile 11.5 of the Marathon). Situated between the corporate headquarters of two iconic Milwaukee companies: Harley-Davidson and Miller Brewing Company. First runner: 8 a.m. Last runner: 9:45 a.m.
  7. Washington Park entrance at Lloyd Street (Mile 12.5 and Mile 15 of the Marathon). What makes this such a great spot for spectating is that runners will be passing this spot twice. First runner: 8:05 a.m. Last runner: 10:30 a.m.
  8. Story Hill BKC 5100 W. Bluemound (Mile 19.8 of the Marathon). Grab breakfast at one of Milwaukee's finest establishments and watch the marathon runners as they get ready to hit the magical 20-mile mark. First runner: 8:40 a.m. Last runner: 11:45 a.m.
  9. Mitchell Park (Mile 23 of the Marathon). Watch the marathon runners go through the Journey House/Green Bay Packers Practice Field, which is located near the entrance to Mitchell Park off Pierce Street. First runner: 9 a.m. Last runner: 12:30 p.m.
  10. Corner of 6th Street and Virginia (Mile 24.5 of the Marathon and 11.4 of the Half Marathon). A good spot in the Walker's Point Neighborhood to view the late stages of the race. First runner: 9:05 a.m. Last runner: 1 p.m.

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