Madison Mini Marathon, 5K & Kids’ Run

Saturday, August 20, 2016 • Madison, WI • Course Map

Set for its 8th annual running this year, the Madison Mini Marathon & 5K has been a smashing success in its first few years, as the race has often sold out with around 6,000 runners crossing the finish line in both the half marathon and the 5K race combined — with more than 3,900 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 near the Wisconsin Historical Society 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, all the way to the finish line on Park Street.

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.

On race day (Aug. 20), the average low is 55ºF and the average high is 81ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Madison Mini Marathon here.

Starting Time

7:00 AM


  • $65 for the half marathon, if registered by January 14, 2016
  • $75 between January 15 – April 14
  • $85 between April 16 – July 14
  • $95 between July 15 – August 17
  • $110 at the race expo, if not sold out


To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of the Madison Mini Marathon, 5K or Kids’ Race, register online at here.

Official Race Website

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