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Kid-friendly charity walks and bike rides

If you love running and biking for good causes, you don’t have to stay home just because you have kids. Many local charity races are family-friendly, and we’ve highlighted a few here.

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Ride on the Wild Side

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Milwaukee County Zoo

With its hills, winding paths and beautiful setting, the Milwaukee County Zoo is a great place to ride your bike. At the Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s annual bike ride fundraiser, you can do just that.

Kids can cruise in the Critter Caravan, a special 2.5-mile kids’ route through the Zoo. Their favorite plush-toy animal friends can tag along in a bike basket or backpack. Seasoned riders with a passion for pedaling can choose one of the distance routes (10- to 20-mile+ rides) that start at the Zoo and continue north along the Menomonee River Parkway and the Oak Leaf Trail.

Kids can enjoy a post-ride snack, make some crafts and get a temporary tattoo in the Kids Zone. After the ride, all participants can park their bike in the Bike Corral and enjoy lunch. Rides start at 8 and 8:15 a.m. The registration fee includes entry to the Zoo and parking, a continental breakfast, lunch and a long-sleeve T-shirt. Remember to bring your bike helmet!

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Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

10:30 a.m.

Corner of 12th Street and Wisconsin Ave.

This year is the 40th annual Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Depending on what your family can handle, you can choose your route, from an 8k run to a 3- or 5-mile walk. The route begins at the corner of 12th Street and Wisconsin Avenue and ends on the Summerfest grounds with a finish line celebration, complete with kid games and a free concert featuring The Toys.

Founded by former Marquette basketball coach Al McGuire, this event has raised more than $18 million to support Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s programs and services. More than 16,000 participants are expected to line up on Marquette’s campus to help make a difference in the lives of Wisconsin kids and families.Participants can register online in advance or at the registration tent on the morning of the event. Visit for more information.

Kids for the Cure

Sunday, September 24th

8:00 a.m.

Discovery World / Lakefront

Kids 12 and under can now register for the Kids for the Cure® and share in the excitement of race day by receive their own Kids for the Cure® T-Shirt and Race Bib compliments of Kohl’s, while enjoying all of the exciting activities taking place on Race Day.

Kids with Race Bibs and Survivors with Pink Bibs get into Discovery World for FREE*. Race bib must be presented when visiting Discovery World for offer to be valid. (Don’t worry, you can keep the bib!)

8:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Kids for the Cure Activities

10:30 a.m. – Kids Dash for children age 12 and under.

Parental supervision is required for all activities. To register, please visit or call 877.506.9031 for more information.

Dragon Dash 5k / 1 mile run/walk

Saturday, October 7th

$25/adult, $10/child (age 4 to 17), under 4 years are free

Runners and walkers of all levels are invited to this fun event beginning at Indian hill School and continuing through picturesque River Hills. after the Dash enjoy free food & drinks from noodles & Co. & starbucks. enjoy the DJ and bounce houses too! Register before Sept. 25th to be guaranteed your free t-shirt.

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Greater Milwaukee Crop Hunger Walk

October 8th

McKinley Marina

1:30 PM (registration starts at noon, kids run at 12:45pm).

This walk is a 501 (c) 3 charitable event, and raises money to fight hunger both here in Milwaukee and beyond. Enjoy a fall morning with this family friendly 2 mile walk with a kids fun run, live music, and other family entertainment. Tasty treats from City Market will provided after the walk. CROP walk reusable grocery bags will be given to all participants this year. As always pets are welcome.

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Samson Stomp and Romp at the Zoo

January 14th, 2018

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On your mark, get set, STOMP! Runners and walkers are invited to join for the traditional running of the January special event, the Samson Stomp & Romp! This popular race honors one of the most famous Zoo residents, Samson, the silverback gorilla (1950-1981). Money raised from the event supports all of the animals in the Zoo’s collection.

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