Wisconsin > Madison Mini Marathon, 5K & Kids' Run
Madison, WI • Saturday, August 17, 2013 • Course Map
Set for its 5th annual running in the late summer of 2013, Wisconsin's Madison Mini Marathon & 5K has been a smashing success in its first three years, as all of the race's spots were sold out and more than 4,000 runners crossed the finish line in both the half marathon and the 5K race combined in 2012 -- with more than 3,200 runners finishing the half marathon alone.
The race takes runners on an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at Madison's Memorial Union Terrace along the shore of Lake Mendota, and follows what is basically a clockwise loop route through the city. Several of the city's most well-known sights can be seen along the race course, including the Wisconsin State Capitol building, the Kohl Center (the home of the University of Wisconsin's Badgers basketball team), the campus of the University of Wisconsin and a long looping stretch around the southern end of Lake Wingra just south of downtown.
Runners leave the starting line at the Memorial Union Terrace and follow the route first northeast along Langdon Street and Wisconsin Avenue, where runners turn right and head toward the state capitol building. Runners follow Pinckney, Main Street and Carroll Street around the corners of the capitol building, and then turn onto State Street, where they head west until they reach the intersection with Lake Street.
At Lake, runners turn left and head south toward the Kohl Center -- which if you're a basketball fan, will hold a special significance -- and then turn right along Dayton and head toward the commuter path, which they follow until meeting up with Spring Street. Runners then make turns on Randall, Adams, Garfield and then again on Villas Avenue, which brings them southward toward the waters of Lake Wingra and the nearby University of Wisconsin Arboretum, whose more than 1,200 acres of wooded trails and meadows are open to the public.
The course then makes a loop all the way around the southern end of the lake through the arboretum, along the paved Arboretum Drive. Runners exit the park onto Manitou Way, where they turn right and start heading north past the fairways of the Nakoma Country Club, turning again on Monroe Street and Commonwealth Avenue. The last few miles of the race bring the field into the expansive University of Wisconsin campus, and then back over to the Memorial Union Terrace for the race finish.
Both the half marathon and the 5K start at 7:00 AM, and the course for the half marathon is a USATF (USA Track & Field) certified course.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in the southern central part of the state, about 80 miles west of Milwaukee, the city of Madison typically experiences mild to moderately warm and occasionally hot weather conditions in the late weeks of summer, as well as its heaviest precipitation of the year during the summer months.
In August, average monthly temperatures range between 56°F and 82°F, while rainfall totals average about 4.1 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Aug. 17), the average low is 56°F and the average high is 82°F.
View the race route map for the Madison Mini Marathon
$65 for the half marathon, if registered by April 10, 2013
$75 between April 11 - June 26
$85 between June 27 - July 31
$95 between August 1 - 15
$105 at the race expo
To reserve your spot in the late summer 2013 running of the Madison Mini Marathon, 5K or Kids' Race, register online at SignMeUp.com.
Official Race Website
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