The countdown is on!
Sign up today for Lake Michigan's premier west coast
marathon! This out-and-back course features amazing views of
Lake Michigan's shoreline as you run from Manitowoc to Two
Rivers. Come experience the Maritime Capital of Wisconsin!
The HFM Maritime Marathon is a race for runners by runners.
The course is flat, fast and a Boston Qualifier. Three events
are offered: full marathon, half marathon, and a four person
relay. Join us for the 5th Annual running of the Maritime
In November 2011, after finishing a season of interval training
and hill workouts, 5 dedicated runners - most seasoned, but not all
- got together and renewed talks about starting a marathon in their
hometown of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. One
meeting and several pitchers of beer later, Dave Nickels, Ken
Schneider, Mike Cavanaugh, Erik Barber and Lee Kummer decided to
take the next step and organize what has evolved into the HFM
Maritime Marathon. Dave Nickels was nominated the Race
Director and the inaugural marathon was held in June
From the beginning, organizers decided the net
proceeds would be donated to a local charitable cause. Over 150
outstanding individuals volunteer their time to maximize the amount
donated. To date, over $40,000 has be donated to some
awesome and worthy causes including the Manitowoc County Domestic
Violence Center, Painting Pathways and The Crossing. The 2016
charity partner is The Hope House, a local homeless shelter.
The course starts at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc
campus, located on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, and
generally follows the Lake Michigan shoreline approximately 8 miles
into the City of Two Rivers. The route takes runners through the
City of Two Rivers and reconnects on the shore of Lake Michigan for
one of the prettiest stretches of the run, through Neshotah Beach
and northward to Point Beach State Forest. The course is
out-and-back, most of which is along the shores of Lake
Michigan. The mid-June start time has offered some cool breezes and
enjoyable temperatures on this extremely flat course. In 2015, the
decision was made to add a half marathon, which is also an
out-and-back course following the marathon course, in hopes of
reaching a wider spectrum of runners and further creating a
Runners from over 35 states and several foreign countries have
participated! This volunteer-run event is growing and
improving each and every year. It is the hope, mission, and goal of
the Maritime Marathon to make a positivie impact on the
Manitowoc-Two Rivers Community by putting on an exceptional event
that bolters our economy, promotes a healthy and active lifestyle,
and contributes to a cause that impacts our community.
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