Madison Area Race Guide 2017

Spring is here, which means…it’s RACING SEASON!

In Madison, we love our road races, whether we’re working toward a PR, running for fun with a friend, manning an aid station, or cheering from the sidelines. You just can’t beat the excitement of race day, and it’s a high that lingers longer after!

To help you plan your racing schedule this year, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of races in and around the Madison area. Keep an eye out for the family emoji 👪, symbolizing races that include a special run just for our littlest racers!

(Did we miss a race? Let us know in the comments!)

Happy racing, Madison!

👪 Indicates races that include a Kids’ Race!

City Races

👪February 18: Frosty 5K – Madison, WI

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

April 1: Black Earth 10 Quasi Classic Run – Black Earth, WI

April 8: MadCity 100K/50K Solo/50K Relay – Madison, WI

April 15: Cottontail Classic – Fitchburg, WI

April 29: Crazylegs Classic 8K Run/2 Mile Walk– Madison, WI

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

👪May 6: Roxbury Rural Run & Kids Coutry Mile – Sauk City, WI

May 6: Lake Monona 20K Run/5K Run-Walk – Monona, WI

👪May 13: DreamBank Madison Music Mile & 5K – Madison, WI

👪May 13: One Mother of a Run Half Marathon/10K/5K/Kids Race – Lodi, WI

👪May 14: Mother’s Day 5K – Madison, WI

👪May 27-28: Run Madtown Half Marathon and Twilight 10K/5K – Madison, WI

👪May 27-28: Brat Fest 10K/5K Run, 5K Walk, 5K Dog Jog, and Kids Mud Run – Madison, WI

👪June 3: Girls on the Run 5k – Madison, WI

June 3: Moovin’ 5K – Madison, WI

June 9-10: RAGNAR Relay Madison to Chicago – Madison, WI

June 25: HER Half Marathon & 5K – Madison, WI

👪August 19: Madison Mini Half Marathon & 5K – Madison, WI

September 2: Rockin’ Chocolate Marathon/Half Marathon/Relays – Madison WI

👪September 10: Ironman Wisconsin – Madison, WI

👪October 21-22: Haunted Hustle Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K/5K – Middleton, WI

👪November 5: Madison College Turkey Trot – Madison, WI

November 12: Madison Marathon and Half Marathon – Madison, WI

👪November 23: Madison Turkey Trot 5K – Madison, WI

December 16: Finnish Five – Madison, WI

Festival Races

May 20: Syttende Mai 20/10 Mile Run + 17 Mile Walk – Stoughton, WI

👪May 20: Word on the Street 5K – Verona, WI

👪June 4: Verona Hometown Days Fun Run – Verona, WI

👪June 17: Wingra Boats Duck Dash – Madison, WI

👪June 17: Hot2Trot 5k/10k – Cottage Grove, WI

👪June 17: StrawberryFest Run – Sun Prairie, WI

June 24: Country Block Fun Run – Dane, WI

👪June 24: Prairie Chase 5k/10k – Middleton, WI

👪TBD: Keeping the Pulse 5K – New Glaurus, WI

July 1: Eagle Chase 5K/10K/Half Marathon – Sauk City WI

👪July 29: Waunafest Run – Waunakee, WI

August 19: Coffee Break Java Jog – Stoughton, WI

👪August 26: Middleton Good Neighbor Festival 5K – Middleton, WI

TBD: Sauk Prairie Cow Chip Classic 5K/10K – Prairie du Sac, WI

September 9: Chili Chase Run/Walk – Edgerton, WI

Fun Runs

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

May 6: Insane Inflatable 5K – Madison, WI

June 3: Mammoth Fun Run & Hike – Lodi, WI

June 24: Bubble Run – Madison, WI

July 9: Mad Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk – Middleton, WI

July 29: Paddle & Portage – Madison, WI

September 23: Tri 4 Schools Family Mud Run – Verona, WI

👪September 24: Henry Vilas Zoo Run Run – Madison, WI

September 9-10: Tough Mudder Wisconsin – Plymouth, WI

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

October 7: Hoot Hoot Hustle – Monona, WI

December 2: Run Santa Run 5K – Madison, WI

TBD: Fantasy in Lights 5K Run/2 Mile Walk – Madison, WI

Runs for a Cause

March 4: Freeze for Food 5K/10K – Madison, WI

👪April 1: Parkinson’s Half & 5K – Cottage Grove, WI

April 1: Pi Mile Run 5K/10K – Madison, WI

April 22: Bucky’s Race for Rehab – Madison, WI

April 22: Inaugural Earth Day 5K – Fitchburg, WI

April 23: Hustle for Women’s Health – Madison, WI

May 6: PurpleStride Madison – Madison, WI

May 7: Moving for Mental Health Run/Walk – Madison, WI

May 13: Fetch 5K Dog Jog – Middleton, WI

TBD: Flower Power 5k – Madison, WI

👪May 20: Word on the Street 5k – Verona, WI

May 20: Komen Race for the Cure – Madison, WI

May 20: Aly’s Honky Tonk Hustle – McFarland, WI

👪June 24: Prairie Chase Run/Walk – Middleton, WI

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

July 8 – Pink & Gard Brain Tumor 5K Run/Walk – Madison, WI

July 15: Run for Your Rights – Madison, WI

July 29: Capital City 5K – Madison, WI

👪TBD: Out Run Asthma 5K – Madison, WI

👪August 5: Book’n It Run for Literacy – Sun Prairie, WI

August 12: Battle of the Badges – Middleton, WI

August 19: Team Hope Run/Walk – Madison, WI

👪September 4: Labor Day Dash – Madison, WI

September 23: Pregnancy Helpline Diaper Dash – Fitchburg, WI

October 7: Carbone’s Race for Research 5K – Madison, WI

👪TBD: Ghoulish Gallop 5K/10K – Madison, WI

October 15: Gilda’s Run 2 mile walk/5K run – Middleton, WI

👪TBD: Run for Literacy 5K/10K – Madison, WI

November 23: Berbee Derby 10K/5K – Fitchburg, WI


(Various Winter Dates) Pinnacle Indoor Triathlons – Madison, WI

👪(Various Spring/Summer Dates) Tri 4 Schools Triathlons: Waunakee, Middleton, Sun Prairie

(Various Spring/Summer Dates) Madison Aquathon – Madison, WI

May 20: Tri Norski – DeForest, WI

May 21: Capitol View Triathlon & Duathlon – Madison, WI

👪June 3: Sawyer Crossen Memorial Triathlon – Monona, WI

June 4: Lake Mills Triathlon – Lake Mills, WI

June 11: Wisconsin Milkman Triathlon – Madison, WI

June 24: Wisconsin Triterium Triathlon – Verona, WI

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

July 8: Pardeeville Triathlon – Pardeeville, WI

👪July 29-30: Tri-ing for Children’s Triathlon – Ottawa Lake State Park

👪August 6: Alphornman Sprint Triathlon & AlphornKids Splash ‘N Dash – New Glarus, WI

👪August 12: Oregon Kids Triathlon – Oregon, WI

August 20: Try Cambridge Tri – Cambridge, WI

August 27: Sugar River Triathlon – Belleville, WI

👪September 10: Ironman Wisconsin – Madison, WI

September 17: Devil’s Challenge On-Road Triathlon – Baraboo, 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.

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!

4 Responses to Madison Area Race Guide 2017

  1. Weltkrieg August 18, 2017 at 9:49 am #

    Berbee Derbee on Nov 23rd is not listed

  2. Jacob Lundgren September 4, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

    Richland Rocks 5K
    Richland Center WI 53581
    October 7th.

    Followed by a block party with food, vendors, live music and a much more.

    Than that night the Canyon of Lights Parade will “Light up the Night”.

  3. Kate Schachter October 26, 2017 at 11:16 am #

    We are in the firm planning stages for the 37th annual Freeze for Food on March 3, 2018.

    You can get details on our website here:
    on our Facebook page here:

  4. Sheree Rayford January 16, 2018 at 11:08 am #

    Can’t wait for the 2018 list!! 🙂 This list is AWESOME!!

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