The 2017 Lakefront Discovery Run is over but not forgotten. If you missed the event, you may have missed the party of the year! Don’t believe me? Check out the “Lakefront Discovery Run” page on Facebook for the proof! The “Disco Run” as it is affectionately known as, is a 15K distance event and in it’s 38th year. This year, a 5 mile distance route was added for those that may not have been up to longer challenge. For the past 6 years, the 9.3 mile course has been slightly altered but it has always been run on or near scenic Lake Michigan, thus the name. Both the 5 mile and the 15K courses were accurate and based on feedback, a favorite for many of the participants. Over 1000 runners signed up and even though the weather was cooler and a cool mist was in the air, 843 participants crossed the finish line which is more than many other years.
What makes the Lakefront Discovery Run unique is the attitude. Sure there are some runners who are looking for one last and fast race. But, there are many more who want to spend the whole time smiling as they see the costumes being worn by fellow participants ( it is Halloween weekend after all ), the friendly volunteers and the welcoming sight of Waukesha’s Hash House Harriers who have a refreshing cup of beer waiting for them about a quarter mile from the finish line. While the running is the main reason for participating, there are many other benefits that keep runners signing up year after year. Much care and consideration goes into the race shirt and the after-party. This year, participants were given a gender-specific 3/4 sleeve shirt that feels user-soft and we had a large party tent set up in Lake Park. The music was playing, the great beer from our friends at Lakefront Brewery was pouring and the surprise pizza was devoured. Dancing and frolicking continued into the late afternoon.
A very special and heartfelt appreciation goes out to all the people behind the scenes who helped make this event seem to go off effortlessly. You know who you are and you need to know that I and all the participants thank you for volunteering. It goes without saying that no successful running event can take place without a small army of volunteers. We made the requests for course set-up volunteers to course marshals and you responded appropriately. I am humbled at how the Striders always seem to step up when called upon. Thank you!
The weather may have been a little gloomy outside but the attitudes and smiles inside the tent made things heat up quickly. Even though this was may have been my last Lakefront Discovery Run as Race Director, I can promise that the event will go on and with new creativity and energy. Please mark your calendars for next Halloween weekend when we will all converge at a time and place to run and party at Disco Run 2018!
Lakefront Discovery Run