Cudahy Classic


The Cudahy Classic celebrated it’s 59th year on Saturday, and remains one of Wisconsin’s longest-running road races. Located just outside of Milwaukee, in the town of Cudahy, the Badgerland Striders Running Club hosts this popular picnic and beer fest — I mean race — each year.

Hundreds of runners came out to celebrate the summer in Sheridan Park at the start/finish line of this renowned race. The Badgerland Striders hold nothing back in the way of party festivities, with a full cook out of burgers and brats, salads, soda, beer and more.

The running group touts this race as their celebration of summer, but don’t let the fun atmosphere fool you. This is a fast fleet of runners. Nearly one third of the race entries were comped as age group awards from the last year’s Strider races. So, you are legitimately racing against the best of the best in this low key, road race.

Both five and 10 mile distance options were offered on a single loop course, that began at 7:30 a.m. with the 10 milers completing the loop twice. The course had several slight hills, but was mostly flat on paved surfaces.

Runners enjoyed a typical cross country start with open flags and grass covered terrain before heading out for a 2.5-mile loop on the trail South, circling back, and heading North. Aid stations were scattered along the course and giving runner much needed hydration.

I may have forgot to mention that when this race began at 7:30 a.m., it was already 82 degrees and climbing with sky full of sunshine. Thankfully a portion of the course ran along the lakefront so a much-needed breeze helped to cool runners off.

Summer has sure come in strong this July forcing runners to test their perseverance and grit. This race was fully volunteer supported and was a great summer celebration.

First through third female 10 mile winners were: Jennifer Inhoff, Terri Bodden, and Jennifer Ward.

First through third male 10 mile winners were: Martin Erl, John Liddell, and Frankie Deguire.

First through third female 5 mile winners were: Kate Jochims, Hannah Erl, and Asha Bush.

First through third male 5 mile winners were: Chris McKenna, Ben Deguire, and Joey Heinrichs.

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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


  1. I ran this race as well. The hills were not ‘slight’….hahaha! At mile 2 and 7 (this was a double loop if you did the 10 mile so same hill) there was a 45 degree uphill that was absolutely brutal!!!!!! There were some other hills, but that hill was a monster!! It was a great race though. I spoke with the race director and they had to make changes this year due to finances. We ran on the sidewalk because the street would of costed the Badgerland Striders a few thousand dollars. Plus I got to fill up my tank until it overflowed since gas was so much cheaper in Wisconsin now.


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