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Sun June 2, 2024 Milwaukee, WI 53201 US


1 Mile Walk

$35 9:00AM CDT - 11:59AM CDT Price increases after April 30, 2024 at 11:59pm CDT


$35 9:00AM CDT - 11:59AM CDT Price increases after April 30, 2024 at 11:59pm CDT

Survivor - 1 Mile Walk

$0 9:00AM CDT - 11:59AM CDT Registration ends June 2, 2024 at 11:00am CDT

Survivor - 5K

$0 9:00AM CDT - 11:59AM CDT Registration ends June 2, 2024 at 11:00am CDT


Strain for the Brain is an annual event held to honor individuals diagnosed with a brain tumor and to celebrate the family and friends there to support them.  Brain tumors are a devastating disease that affects 80,000 people and their families each year. The funds raised through Strain for the Brain will directly contribute to advancements in research, medical treatments, and support programs for individuals and families impacted by this life-changing condition.  By participating in Strain for the Brain, you will not only contribute to the fight against brain tumors but also showcase your dedication to making a positive impact on the lives of those affected by this disease.  

Persons with any financial limitations please contact organizers to discuss a Fee Waiver.

Strain for the Brain History

Mike is a brain tumor survivor who started Strain for the brain in 2010 to raise awareness of this rare disease.  The event started small along the lake front at Veteran's Park, originally in May which is brain tumor awareness month.  After one particularly chilly event of sleet and snow flurries, it moved to the first weekend of June.  Eventually, the event out grew that space and moved to Miller Park (currently American Family Stadium) and ultimately to Harley Davidson Museum.  While Mike had many people help him along the way, it was his persistence and determination to support the cause that kept the event going year after year.  Due to the growth of the event, Mike has turned the operations over to Dr. Jennifer Connelly but still is an active participant.  



400 W Canal St
Harley-Davidson Museum
Milwaukee, WI US 53201


The shirts are cotton unisex and those registered by noon May 17 are guaranteed a custom race shirt.  After that, shirts be available while supplies last. Any extra shirts will be distributed after the race on a first come first serve basis. 


5K map | 1 mile map

Schedule and Packet Pickup


You do not need to print it. We will need to scan the QR code on the receipt, though, so please have your email accessible on your mobile device or save a picture of your receipt with the QR code to your device’s image library.

Sunday, June 2nd
8:00am-9:00am Packet Pickup on site
8:45am Survivor's Photo at Start Line
9:00am Run/walk starts
10:00am Awards
10:15am Silent Auction Closes

NEW THIS YEAR!  Be sure to check out the Survivor's table and pick up your swag bag!

Changing Distances, Deferrals & Bib Transfers

  • Login into
  • Select your Profile.
  • Scroll down to the race you would like to modify.
  • Select "Manage Registration".
  • All of the race options will be listed on the menu (transfers, change shirts size, modify team, and change distances)


Donations can made online or sent to:

Strain For The Brain
PO Box 656
Brookfield, WI 53008

Aid Stations

There will be one aid station on course.


The race is chip timed by Silver Circle Sports Events, LLC with a chip start. Your time will start when you cross the start line and stops when you cross the finish line. Walkers are not timed.

How to wear your bib.


Parking is available on site. We encourage all participants to car pool.


Your race time and age group result are available online after you cross the finish line - select RESULTS from the menu above. The top 3 male & female finishers in 5-year age groups will receive a custom medal. An awards ceremony will take place at the race. 


We need volunteers for everything from aid station support to course marshals. If you or your group have an interest in volunteering, we would greatly appreciate the assistance. All volunteers can run a future race at no charge. Register to volunteer by clicking on the volunteer link in the menu above. For more information on volunteering click here.




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Race Contact Info

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Refund Policy

Refunds are not permitted for any reason. While there are no refunds, you can get referrals, transfer your bib, change your shirt size, defer your registration until next year or change your distance. Here is how.


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