What we're about

The Milwaukee Running Group - OMG is the most active running club in Wisconsin. We schedule 14 runs per week year round and host frequent social events. Last year we held over 1,200 runs or activities. Members are of all ages and running abilities, and we're proud of our mission to connect people who want to stay fit and find friends in a fun and supportive environment.

Facebook: We host two Facebook Pages. Please "Join" our private page!

Facebook Page (Private) - Milwaukee Running Group - for Active Members (https://www.facebook.com/groups/Milwaukee.Group.Running/)(Click "Join" to see pictures, social event announcements, funny memes, requests for advice, commentary, etc.)

Facebook Page (Public) - Milwaukee Running Group (https://www.facebook.com/RunGroupMilwaukee?fref=ts) (general info posted once a month or so)

Email Newsletter: We publish a monthly eNewsletter announcing upcoming events and schedule changes. To subscribe send a short note with your name to mke.run.group@gmail.com and we'll add you to the list. (You can unsubscribe with a single click at any time.)

Benefits:

There are a ton of benefits. Daily training runs, weekly social gatherings, discounts at local running stores, Packer parties, beer and snacks every Wednesday after the evening run, movie nights, (did we mention that everything is free?), summer picnics, coached track workouts at Shorewood HS and the Pettit Center, indoor yoga & plyometric & pilates classes in the winter, trail runs on Sunday, a legendary all-night holiday party, banana awards, pub runs, Monday Medal, Oakleaf Trail cleanup service project, Meetup.com membership, parties, opportunity to join OMG Fall 50 / Ragnar / 5k / Beer Mile racing teams, couch to 5k training, marathon buildup runs year round, 24x7 encouragement, and people who will sing you 'Happy Birthday' on your special day.

Membership: Annual dues are a measly $5 per year. That's less than you pay for coffee each day.

When to pay dues? Two Options...

1. Now! Make a commitment. If you pay now you're far more likely to show up for your first and second runs and feel like you're already part of the group. Some people need motivation to get off the couch, and paying $5 says that you're going to do it this time!

2. Later. Come to a run or two or seven and see if you like us. We don't mind. Some people are careful. Who wants to give $5 away needlessly anyways?

Ready to pay? Send dues payment including your name and email address using Venmo, Paypal, Google Wallet, or Cash App (Square Cash) to mke.run.group@gmail.com. Or send a check to Milwaukee Running Group, 1572 E Capitol Dr. Shorewood, WI 53211. If you live off the grid bring $5 to your next run and give it to Patrick, Clint, or Veronica. Dues cover Meetup.com fees, and beverage and food expenses at our outings and activities throughout the year.

Slow and Beginner Runners: A third of our group consider themselves "slow" or "beginner" and they are always surprised after their first run... "I didn't think there would be anyone my speed to run with!" Paces for this group range from 9:30 - 14:00 minutes per mile. (FYI, walking is about 16:00 minutes / mile.)

Average Runners: About half of our group. Paces range from 8:30 - 9:30 minutes per mile.

Fast Runners: About 15% of our group can run sub 3:15 marathons. If you run at this pace you'll find good company and will be out in front. Please wait for us at the end (or run an extra mile!).

Public Website: http://www.Milwaukee-Running-Group.com History of the group. Schedule overview. Member PRs and Firsts, FAQs, and more!

Schedule: We run outside all year in all weather, mostly on the sidewalks and paths near Lake Michigan. On Sundays we join GTRoGM to run trails at Lapham Peak State Park. In the summer we do track/speed/hill workouts at Shorewood High School and Atwater Beach Park. In the winter we offer plyometrics and yoga classes.

Social: Every Mondays we go out to eat after the run. Destinations differ weekly. (More details on our website.) We also plan monthly social events like parties, picnics, Packer games, campouts, trips to races in far away places, brewery tours, movie nights, and more. Check the calendar on Meetup to see what's up this month.

We hope you find a run that fits your schedule and we look forward to meeting you soon!

Sincerely,

The Milwaukee Running Group Organizing Committee

Upcoming events (5+)

Saturday Long Run 8:00am Colectivo - Breakfast After

Colectivo Lakefront

Join us for 3-20 miles. We start together then gently split into groups of similar pace and distance. Meet back at Colectivo after the run for breakfast, coffee, or a favorite recovery drink. Routes and distances vary by who's doing what training plan. If this is your first time, ask for Patrick, Christina, Ryan, Nicole, or Clint. We'd be happy to answer questions, explain options, and do our best to match you up with someone your speed and distance. There are always a multitude of speeds and distances. Speeds vary between: snail, sloth, dial-up-modem, politician-avoiding-a-question, brown bear, and cheetah. Most people fit into one of these groups. Run for fun, to get fit, or to set a new PR. Whatever. We don't judge (unless you don't show up).

Lapham Peak Sunday's with Brunch

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This Meetup is in conjunction with the other Meetup Group. We'd like to invite all to enjoy the trails and hopefully stay for brunch. 1. Meet in the Evergreen Parking Lot, which is the first lot on the right. 2. We typically run about 7 miles. If you want to run fewer miles, you can turn around at any point. If you want to run further, you can tack on some miles before or after our 9:00am run. PLEASE, if you are new to running, or have never run trails before, let the group know. 3. It is a state park, so you need a park sticker or day pass, which you can buy as you enter. Buying a sticker is a good deal if you plan on going to a state park more than 4 times within the year. 4. We always have a 5 minute grace period, so we're off and running by 9:05. If you know you're running a little behind, just post on this page and we'll know to wait for you. We'd hate to leave anyone behind! 5. Brunch afterwards (sometimes) if the group would like! We can plan occasional field trips to other trails in the area as well! Black loop= 6.5 miles Black Loop+Stairway= 9.75 Miles Blue loop= 5.7 miles Ice Age= 7.5 miles (this is the only choice in winter when the ski trails are groomed).

Samson Stomp 5K

Milwaukee County Zoo

This popular race honors one of the most famous Zoo residents, Samson, the silverback gorilla [masked]). Money raised from the event supports all of the animals in the Zoo’s collection. The 5k race is at 9:30am and typically sells out because you can only fit so many runners and primates in the zoo at one time. We have formed an OMG team which you can join for a $5 discount on the entry fee. There is an award for fastest team (team members are still eligible for individual awards). All OMG members are encouraged to join the team, regardless of ability. Our Team name is "OMG ITS COLD" Register: https://shop.milwaukeezoo.org/#/SamsonStomp 1. Select 'Join Existing Team' 2. Our 4-digit team code number is '1572' and select 'continue'. Then continue through the registration process. 3. Enter relevant info. 5. Payment option should appear at the end. The cost should be $20.

Mon Wake Up Run 5:30am Atwater

Atwater Park

Like to run in the morning? Join us three times a week -- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday - at Atwater Park in Shorewood (at the end of Capitol Drive) for a three to five mile run up Lake Drive. Paces are anywhere from 9:00 to 12:00 minutes per mile - something for everyone. Beginners are welcome! New to running? Ask for Laura or Patrick and we'll get you started.

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