Milwaukee Country Sole Half Marathon and 5K


On Saturday, All Community Events hosted its Country Sole Race event in Milwaukee. While this themed race is a huge, annual, hit in Chicago, this is the first time it was held up north.

As always, All Community Events put on a fantastic, well-organized, fun event. Pre-race email communication was plentiful, ensuring racers were well prepared. The event area was well marked and there were minimal lines for the porta-potties.

There was a 5K and Half Marathon distance option with both starting at 7:30 a.m. Runners began in Estabrook Park in Milwaukee, Wisc., where parking was free and close to the finish line.

Both distances began on the same trail heading through the park for a quick out and back. The 5K-ers turned off at the 1.5 mile mark, while the half marathon-ers completed five miles, looping back to the start/finish line and heading the opposite direction to complete the 13.1.

The rain stopped and clouds kept the temperatures low and pleasant, although there was a bit of humidity. The course was mostly flat, with a few small inclines spread throughout.

Finishers were greeted by a live country band belting out some Country music classics. As I crossed the finish line, I was delighted by a cover of Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel.” One of the band members actually caught and threw back a Frisbee mid-verse!

All racers received a unique belt-buckle medal and a short sleeved t-shirt to commemorate the event. Don’t miss Country Sole Chicago on October 20! You can sign up at

First through third female half marathon winners were: Kris Bachman, Jessica Hanley and Lea Patek. I paced with Lea and this was her first half marathon! What a great finish for a first time. First through third male half marathon winners were: Liam Cotter, Paul Trumble and Mark Hunter.

First through third female 5K winners were: Krista Beal, Jennafer Nehls and Ryan Krasovich. First through third male 5K winners were: Michael Carini, Mike Geason and Alexander Troy.


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Mandi has been running for over 25 years and has participated in the Chicago, Detroit, and Boston Marathons. Mandi regularly competes in regional events and enjoys being a part of several running groups including CARA and the Badgerland Striders. She is a co-host on the Ten Junk Miles podcast and looks forward to hosting the Chicago Athlete Podcast. An RRCA certified coach and Les Mills certified instructor, Mandi is also a coach with Chicago Athlete Coaching. Mandi is a local government attorney by weekday and race warrior by weekend.


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