Milwaukee Country Sole Half Marathon and 5K

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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 began running in middle school and never stopped. As a high school and college cheerleader, running was the exact athletic counterpart to keep her fitness levels high. While attending The John Marshall Law School in 2007, Mandi ran her first Chicago Marathon, the final year it was partnered with title sponsor, LaSalle Bank. Mandi has continued to run several half marathon and shorter distance races and looks forward to running in the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. An Illinois licensed attorney, Mandi is currently the Executive Director of the Lake County Municipal League, a council of government representing 42 municipalities in Lake County. An avid weekend race warrior, Mandi tries to run 2-3 races each month from Milwaukee to Chicago and loves the opportunity to report about her experiences in Chicago Athlete


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