Run 4 Water MKE

Sat April 17 - Sun April 25 Milwaukee, WI 53202 US Directions RaceJoy Ready
1500 N Lincoln Memorial Dr
Milwaukee, WI US 53202

In 2021 Milwaukee is going to celebrate United Nations World Water Day virtually at the 9th annual Run 4 Water MKE between April 17 and April 25! The 5K run/walk will symbolize distances traveled to access water in other parts of the globe. All proceeds from the Run 4 Water MKE go to projects designed and built by Engineers Without Borders at UW-Milwaukee providing clean water to villages in rural Guatemala. 

The virtual race can be completed any time between 6:00 AM on Saturday, April 17 and 10:30 on Sunday, April 25. Awards will be mailed out after the race.

Please note that shirts and race packets are sold out for 2021 due to higher than anticipated interest in the race. You can still register for the race, participate virtually via the RaceJoy app, be eligible for prizes (except the race bid and race shirt photo contests), be part of a team, and support a great cause, however you will not receive a race shirt or race bib. Consequently the price for registration from 4/9/21 at 8:30 PM through 4/25/21 on 10:30 AM has gone back down to $25.

Submitting Your Result
An important part of this Virtual Race is submitting your time so that you can see how you rank, much like a traditional run.  The event will be timed using the RaceJoy app. Even if you aren't planning to competitively run the race, this app will enhance your race experience by mapping the distance you have traveled (so you know when the race is over!), giving you customized race information as you progress, allowing friends and family to cheer you on, and more. Please visit to learn more and download the RaceJoy app on your smartphone before you complete your race. You'll need your bib number which you can see by signing into your account at and looking at your registration for the race. If you are having trouble locating your bib number, please email us at and we’ll email it to you. Below are instructions for getting the app set up after it is installed and you’ll also be emailed instruction from the app after you set it up:

  1. Search for “Run 4 Water MKE” and click on the race when you see it in the search results.
  2. Click “I Want to Be Tracked” under Participants then create your RaceJoy profile.
  3. Select “5K Anywhere” as your course and enter your race bib number.
  4. Confirm that the device you are setting up the app on is the device you will use to track your race and allow the device to access your location so that it can track you (if you don’t like apps tracking you then feel free to delete the app when the race is over).
  5. In the “Tracking Setup” screen be sure to enable “Progress Alerts” so you’ll hear announcements from us as the race progresses. Clicking on “Audio Setup” gives you more options which are all set to on by default and we recommend leaving them on.
  6. Verify that the tracking feature is working by seeing if the GPS on your phone correctly places you on the map.
  7. Create a Race Fan Club gives you options to inform friends and family that you’ll be doing the race so they can cheer you on or sent encouragement. This is not mandatory and can be skipped by clicking “Next”.
  8. Read through the tips given by the app paying special attention to the need to click the “Track Me” button on race day to turn the tracking on.
  9. When you are ready to complete your race click “Track Me” and then “Start My Race” and enjoy the event! Note: these options will only show up in the app between 4/17 at 6 AM and 4/25 at 10:30 AM.
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Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Run 4 Water MKE.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
View RaceJoy How-To

Visit these websites for more information about the event and the projects these funds will support in the highlands of Guatemala via Engineers Without Borders at University Wisconsin, Milwaukee.  

Run and walk for water, so others don't have to!


In many parts of the world, access to water is very difficult.  A major chore for the day involves walking an average of 3 miles each way to provide water for the family.

Run 4 Water MKE Mission:
Our mission is to acknowledge the importance of water in the daily lives of all human beings. Our annual walk/run is a statement of unity with the effort involved to access water. This mission is congruent with the United Nations World Water Day:


For more information on sponsorship opportunities visit the race website or contact the race at 


Top three female and top three male finishers will receive recognition and a medal.

The largest team will get to keep the traveling trophy in their office for a year!

We're working on some other creative and unusual awards to make the virtual run this year a little more fun! Awards will be mailed to winners after the event.

COVID-19 Statement

When the 2020 Run 4 Water MKE was postponed and then eventually cancelled, those signed up were given the option to receive a refund or roll their registration over to the 2021 race. All those who did not request a refund were automatically rolled over into the virtual 2021 race to be completed between Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 25.

While we had hoped to offer an in-person option, Milwaukee County is not issuing permits until at least the summer and we have no choice but to go fully virtual for 2021. Thank you for your understanding and support and we hope to see you virtually in April 2021 and in-person in April 2022!

​The Run 4 Water MKE Team


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