Click the image to learn more. Runners line up at the start of the Briggs & Al's Run and Walk for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in 2008.

Numerous annual races serve as fundraisers for local charities and organizations. One of the largest of these, Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, has raised over $14 million since its first running in 1977.[1] The Milwaukee County Zoo’s Samson Stomp & Romp was first run in 1981; its proceeds benefit the Zoo’s animal collection, with an emphasis on the relatives of Samson, the iconic gorilla who died in 1981.[2] The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon, which also began in 1981, is sponsored by the Badgerland Striders, Wisconsin’s largest running organization. The Marathon does not serve as a fundraiser, but does serve as the Wisconsin Marathon Championship and provides qualification for the Boston Marathon.[3]

Footnotes [+]

  1. ^ “History,” Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk for Children’s Hospital, Events., last accessed 2013.
  2. ^2013 Begins With A Stomp!” Events, Milwaukee County Zoo, last accessed 2013.
  3. ^ “FAQs,” Pre Race, Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon., last accessed 2013. The information about the Lakefront Marathon’s status as a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon is now available at, last accessed May 1, 2017.


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