A night of celebrating often feels even better if it's been earned by a day of working for a great cause. Participating in one of Milwaukee's many summer runs, walks and bike rides for charity is an easy way to get fit, get outside and get money for some worthy organizations all at the same time. Many of these events will lead you right to the lakefront festival du jour, while others take participants off the beaten trail to enjoy the scenery outside the city.
Fight For Air Climb
When: Saturday, March 22. 8:30 a.m. start, actual times are staggered throughout the day.
Where: U.S. Bank Canter, 777 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Proceeds to benefit the American Lung Association
Laura's Smile Mile
When: Saturday, June 7. 10:30 a.m. start
Where: Veteran's Park, 1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.
Proceeds to benefit Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance
UPAF's Ride for the Arts
When: Sunday, June 1. Start times vary due to different lengths of rides.
Where: Begins at south gate of Summerfest grounds, at N. Harbor Dr. and E. Polk St.
Proceeds to benefit the United Performing Arts Fund
Trek 100 Ride for Hope
When: Saturday, June 7. 7:30 a.m. start for 100 Mile and 100k; 9:30 a.m. for shorter routes.
Where: Begins at Trek, 801 W. Madison St., Waterloo
Proceeds to benefit Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer
Hope Springs Eternal
When: Saturday, June 7. 9 a.m. start
Where: Begins at Lake Park, 3233 E.
Kenwood Blvd., Picnic Area 3
Proceeds to benefit cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin
Tour de Cure
When: Saturday, June 14. Start times vary due to different lengths of rides.
Where: Begins at Grafton High School, 1950 Washington St., Grafton
Proceeds to benefit the American Diabetes Association
Milwaukee Liver Life Walk 2013
When: Saturday, July 29. 8:30 a.m. start
Where: Veterans Park, 1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.
Proceeds to benefit the American Liver Foundation
Dylan’s 2-Mile Run/Walk for Autism to Indian Summer
When: Sunday, September 10
Where: Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.
Proceeds benefit the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin
Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk
When: Saturday, September 16
Where: Begins at 10th and Wells Streets. Ends at Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.
Proceeds benefit Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
More Milwaukee Area Runs
Looking to add a little dirt to your 5k? The Milwaukee area is home to several fun "mud runs" and obstacle course challenges throughout the summer months. Learn more at Milwaukee Area Mud Runs.