The Ultimate Madison Race Guide

Disclosure :: This is a sponsored guide brought to you by local businesses we respect, whom we specifically reached out to for inclusion.

In Madison, we run. It’s just what we do.

The local running community is absolutely vibrant. It’s chock full of motivated, inspiring people, each of them with a unique and powerful story.

And the best thing about this community? It’s 100% all-inclusive. All ages, all abilities, all people. Anyone and everyone is welcome out on the road.

Then there’s racing. The experience of training for and running a road race is something that changes lives, and in our opinion, it’s something everyone should try at least once.

So take a look at the list below, pick a race, grab a friend, and GO FOR IT! Or: start marking your calendar for next year.

Another awesome thing you’ve probably noticed about Madison: we’re family friendly. LOTS of local races offer kids’ races, which are an absolute blast for the little ones. Keep an eye out for a ** in the list below to find races that include a kids’ race!

If you’ve been thinking about running a half marathon, we highly recommend checking out the Madison Mini MarathonThis iconic race, ranked #14 Best Half Marathon in the country by Runner’s World, features many of our favorite sights: the University of Wisconsin campus, State Street, the capital, the Arboretum, and beautiful views of the lakes. (Check out the complete route!) Participants enjoy an amazing 14th Mile Post-Race Party (which includes a free beer, naturally) at one of our local treasures, the Memorial Union Terrace.

The Mini is a must-do on the Madison running calendar, and with the race date of August 20, it’s the perfect time to start planning your training!

Register here, and when you do, use code MBLOG for 10% off before June 14.

Once you’ve picked your race(s), it’s time to get plugged into the community! Endurance House is a great place to start. Endurance House is a redefined retail experience for endurance enthusiasts. Whether you are a walker, runner, triathlete or someone who just wants to get and stay healthy, Endurance House is the place for you. They work with you to ensure that you get the best athletic shoes and equipment for your needs. Home of the Personalized Movement Profile (always free, no appointment needed), which includes video gait analysis, Endurance House is an inclusive, welcoming, and encouraging space to train, learn, and make new friends. Their training programs include the Foundations beginner-focused run/walk & triathlon training programs and the Redefine Your Possible Triathlon Team for short-course and long-course triathlons. You are always invited to free Tuesday Night Runs! (Check out the full list of their programs.)

Endurance House Middleton
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-5pm
Location: 1661 Deming Way #154 Middleton, WI 53719 (in Greenway Station)

Endurance House Madison
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm
Location: 4351 E Towne Way Madison, WI 53704 (near East Towne Mall)

Just mention Madison Moms Blog at the store to get your 10% off your first pair of shoes!


And now, on to The List!

**Indicates races that include a Kids’ Race!

City Races

**February 13: Frosty 5K – Madison, WI

March 12: Shamrock Shuffle 10K/5K – Madison, WI

April 9: MadCity 100K/50K Solo/50K Relay – Madison, WI

April 30: Crazylegs Classic 8K– Madison, WI

May 7: Lake Monona 20k – Monona, WI

**May 8: Mother’s Day 5K – Madison, WI

May 14: Madison Music Mile & 5K – Madison, WI

**May 28-29: Madison Half Marathon and Twilight 10K/5K – Madison, WI

**May 28-29: Brat Fest 10K/5K – Madison, WI

**June 4: Girls on the Run 5k – Madison, WI

June 10-11: RAGNAR Relay Madison to Chicago – Madison, WI

June 26: HER Half Marathon & 5K – Madison, WI

**August 20: Madison Mini Half Marathon & 5K – Madison, WI (Use code MBLOG for 10% off through June 14!)

**September 11: Ironman Wisconsin – Madison, WI

September 25: Madison Garden Marathon, Half Marathon, and 4 Mile Run – Madison, WI

**October 29-30: Haunted Hustle Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K/5K – Middleton, WI

May – November: Savanna Series Trail Runs – Various Dane Country trails

November 13: Madison Marathon and Half Marathon – Madison, WI

**November 26: Madison Turkey Trot 5K – Madison, WI

Festival Races

May 14: Syttende Mai 20 Mile Run – Stoughton, WI

**May 21: Word on the Street 5K – Verona, WI

May 30: Maureen Mengelt Memorial Day 1K/5k – Sun Prairie, WI

**June 5: Verona Hometown Days Fun Run – Verona, WI

June 11: Trample the Trails Elver Park 5k/10k – Madison, WI

**June 18: Duck Dash – Madison, WI

**June 18: Hot2Trot 5k/10k – Cottage Grove, WI

June 18: StrawberryFest Run – Sun Prairie, WI

June 25: Country Block Fun Run – Dane, WI

June 25: Prairie Chase 5k/10k: Middleton, WI

**June 25: Keeping the Pulse 5K – New Glaurus, WI

**July 30: Waunafest Run – Waunakee, WI

August 27: Middleton Good Neighbor Festival 5K – Middleton, WI

September 3: Sauk Prairie Cow Chip Classic 5K/10K – Sauk Prairie, WI

Fun Runs

January 1: Fleet Feet New Year’s Day Dash – Middleton, WI

May 21: Color Run Madison – Madison, WI

June 4: Mammoth Fun Run & Hike – Lodi, WI

June 25: Bubble Run – Madison, WI

July 10: Mad Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk – Middleton, WI

July 23: Insane Inflatable 5K – Madison, WI

August 27: It’s Glow Time – Madison, WI

September 24: Tri 4 Schools Family Mud Run – Verona, WI

**September 25: Henry Vilas Zoo Run Run – Madison, WI

October 1-2: Tough Mudder Wisconsin – Plymouth, WI

October 16: Trick or Trot 5K Walk/Run – Madison, WI

December 3: Run Santa Run 5K – Madison, WI

TBD: Fantasy in Lights 5K – Madison, WI

Runs for a Cause

January 23: Freeze for Food 5K/10K – Madison, WI

**April 27: Parkinson’s Half & 5K – Cottage Grove, WI

May 7: PurpleStride Madison – Madison, WI

May 14: Fetch 5K Dog Jog – Middleton, WI

May 22: Flower Power 5k – Madison, WI

**May 21: Word on the Street 5k – Verona, WI

June 4: Komen Race for the Cure – Madison, WI

June 11: Rock ‘n’ Stroll 5k – Waunakee, WI

June 25: Bucky’s Race for Rehab – Madison, WI

July 30: Capital City 5K – Madison, WI

August 13: Out Run Asthma 5K – Madison, WI

August 27: Team Hope Run/Walk – Madison, WI

October 1: Carbone Race for Research 5K – Madison, WI

**October 2: Ghoulish Gallop 5K/10K – Madison, WI

October 9: Gilda’s Run 2 mile walk/5K run – Middleton, WI

**October 23: Run for Literacy 5K/10K – Madison, WI

November 24: Berbee Derby 10K/5K – Fitchburg, WI


**(Various Dates) Tri 4 Schools Triathlons: Waunakee, Middleton, Sun Prairie

**June 4: Sawyer Crossen Memorial Triathlon – Monona, WI

June 5: Lake Mills Triathlon – Lake Mills, WI

June 12: Capitol View Triathlon & Duathlon – Madison, WI

June 19: Wisconsin Milkman Triathlon: Madison, WI

June 25: Wisconsin Triterium Triathlon – Verona, WI

July 4: Boom Boom Triathlon – Mt. Horeb, WI

July 9: Pardeeville Triathlon – Pardeeville, WI

**August 13: Oregon Kids Triathlon – Oregon, WI

August 21: Try Cambridge Tri – Cambridge, WI

September 4: Sugar River Triathlon – Belleville, WI

September 17-18: Devil’s Challenge Triathlon – Baraboo, WI

**(Various Dates) Madison Aquathon – Madison, WI

(Various Dates) Pinnacle Indoor Triathlons – Madison, WI

Running Resources

Endurance House (retail store): Free group runs and yoga, free running workshops, beginning run/walk training, triathlon training

Fleet Feet Sports (retail store): Free group and pub runs, free Good Form Running workshops, race training (5K, 10K, half and full marathon), speed training, youth speed camp

Berkeley Running Company (retail store): Free daily group runs and pub runs (including beginners’, womens’ and speed groups), group trail runs, running seminars, half marathon and marathon training, junior triathlon team

Movin’ Shoes (retail store): Running club, free group runs, running education blog, “Meriter Saturdays” (free injury assessment by a specialist), shoe recycling program

Red Ox Yoga: Yoga for athletes, taught by experienced long distance runner Julie Jensen. All shapes and abilities welcome.

Lioness Fitness: Strength training for women. Currently offering a Strength Circuits for Moms class (kids welcome!) to complement your running schedule.

She Runs This Town (free women’s running group): regular all paces group runs, online support through private Facebook page, race discounts

Madison Run Club (free Meetup group): all paces group runs available almost daily

Pub Run Madison (free running roup): weekly runs and enjoyment of craft beers

Madison Running Routes

Via Fleet Feet Sports

Via Berkeley Running Company

Via Movin’ Shoes

Trails to check out

Here’s to a happy and healthy running season!

*Hey, Experienced Racers! Comment below and share your favorite race(s) and racing tips!

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