When is the race?
The first wave of the half marathon, and 5k will start at 7:00am on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Our start clusters will be every three minutes and have groups of 60 people.
Where is Kenosha?
Kenosha is located on the Wisconsin/ Illinois border, on Lake Michigan. It is roughly a one hour drive from northern Chicago and a 50 minute drive from Milwaukee.
What does it cost to race?
You can find prices for all three races HERE. Please note that the prices go up as we get closer to race day, so sign-up early
Can I switch my race distance?
Yes, you can switch any time before you pick up your packet. Email Jonathan for details or go into your profile at www.runsignup.com and switch your info under “manage registration.”
Can I walk the half marathon?
Yes, but please be aware that the streets will only be closed off to accommodate those running 15 minute pace or faster. If you end up going slower than that pace, you may be moved to the sidewalks. Our course will be open for 3.5 hours after the last start cluster is released. We are on a schedule with the police, city, and our volunteers and will open up streets/ close down aid stations according to this schedule.
Where/ when do I pick up my race packet?
We have four packet pick-up times and locations for 2021: Chicagoland, the Milwaukee area, and in Kenosha. Back again, we also have RACE DAY PACKET PICK-UP at the race site. See our PACKET PICK-UP page for exact times. Please note that you MUST pick-up you packet at one of these times or select the option to have it mailed out to you when you register.
You do not need to let us know ahead of time where you plan on picking up your packet. We will have all the packets at each location.
You may have a friend or family member pick up your packet for you. They will need a copy of your confirmation email to get your packet. Please note, if you are picking up your packet on race day, there will be a lot of other people that will be doing that as well, so please be sure to get there at least an hour before the race to avoid any lines.
Can I have a friend pick up my race packet?
Yes! Save gas and make someone else go. Anyone can pick up your packet. All they need is your name and a copy of your confirmation email.
Can I qualify for the Boston Marathon by running in your race?
Yes! Our marathon is a USATF certified event, and therefore meets all the requirements to be a Boston Qualifier. (Our flat course is sure to help you reach your goal time.) (NOTE: Question not applicable to 2021 since there is no marathon distance.)
What about parking?
There is plenty of parking around downtown Kenosha on the streets and in lots. Maps will be available at packet pick-up. CLICK HERE for more details on parking.
What is the course like?
Past participants have called our course one of the most beautiful they have ever run. Most of the course runs along Lake Michigan’s lakefront, and the path will take you through downtown Kenosha, area parks and beaches, and residential areas. We cap everything off with a stunning finish along Lake Michigan.
Is the course closed?
Technically yes, we have police and course marshals all over the course to keep it car free and keep everyone safe. However, please note that our course does go through some residential neighborhoods, and try as we might, it is impossible to keep everyone from just pulling out of their driveways. We alert all residents well ahead of time, but please be alert, just in case.
I’ve heard there are gravel roads on the course.
Yes, that is true. For 2021, on the half marathon course, there is a short gravel road section around mile 4/5. It is about half a mile. The Village of Pleasant Prairie does a pretty good job of filling up a any bigger divots a couple days before the race.
Where will the aid stations be located?
We will have aid stations roughly every two miles. Each station will have water, Gatorade, port-a-potties, medical staff, and the best volunteers in the Midwest!
There are also several trash cans near the aid stations. Please use them! We would like to keep the city clean and the residents appreciate it as well.
Please note, for 2021, due to recommendations from the Health Department, cups will not be handed out by hand and will be “grab it off the table” style.
What is the All Cheese Corral?
This is a start area for anyone willing to don the dairy that makes Wisconsin famous. There is no time requirement or pre-registration required. If you would like to participate, all you have to do is arrive on race morning wearing some kind of cheese-themed apparel. NOTE: There will be no All Cheese Corral for 2021, but we encourage our runners to dress cheesy anyway!
Will there be any course changes this year?
Yes, we will be making minor course adjustments for this year but are using a lot of the same streets and routes as the past.
Do you have Pace Teams for the full or half?
No, we do not have pace teams for either distance. We believe that a marathon is something YOU need to accomplish and it takes away from that glory if you are just following behind someone. Plus, we have some of the most awesome runners in the world come to our race and we are sure that you will easily make a new friend or two along the way to help get you going.
Can I wear headphones while I run?
Yes, participants are allowed to wear headphones, but it is recommended that you keep the volume level low in order to hear any instructions by race officials or anything else that may be happening around you.
What medal do we get?
Half marathon runners receive a custom Big Cheese Finisher Medal. 5k runners receive a 5k Finisher ribbon.
Are showers available after the race?
It is unknown at this time if showers will be available for 2021. We will be following local health and safety guidelines and will keep runners informed if this will be an option.
What if I got hurt and can’t run the race this year?
If you have registered for the race and cannot run, we have three options for you:
1- You can defer your registration to next year.
2- You can transfer your bib to a friend.
3- You can choose to run any distance in our virtual option.
There is no additional fee for any of these options, but please note that refunds are not available for any reason.
Do you have a Gear Check?
No, for 2021, due to recommendations from the Health Department, Gear Check is not available.
What time should I arrive in the morning?
Runners are asked to not enter the start corral area until less than 10 minutes before your selected Start Cluster time. Most of our parking is in downtown and it is about a 10 minute walk to the start area, so plan accordingly.
Are you all crazy?
Nope, we’re just cheesy!