Celebrating 12 years!

August 22, 2020

Madison Mini Half Marathon, 5K and Kids Run ~ Going Virtual!

Hoping this note continues to find you and your family healthy amidst this unprecedented moment in our lifetime. Historically, as we approach the month of June, many of you would already be entrenched in a training plan. While it has been a challenge to maintain a routine of any kind these past couple months, we've been pleased to hear the creative ways you have been staying active for a healthy mind, body and soul.

Beyond the actual running element of the Madison Mini Half Marathon & 5K benefiting Girls on the Run of South Central Wisconsin, we've spent the past 11 years listening to you and improving upon our race routes, building up our cheer challenge stations and hosting an unforgettable 14th Mile Post-Race Party on The Union Terrace. It's because of your feedback and passion for this event, we were able to earn the title of RaceRave's 2019 Best Half Marathon in Wisconsin. We want so badly to see those smiles as you cross the finish line, celebrate on the terrace with the crowd of other finishers, and hug fellow athletes.

As we have been monitoring COVID-19 Pandemic updates from and communicating with medical staff, local municipal organizations, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Public Health Madison Dane County, among others, the future of what large outdoor events, or group gatherings of any kind, look like for the remainder of this year remains unclear. For the safety and health of our community, participants, volunteers, and sponsors, we simply must do what is best. All said, we have made the tough decision to transform the 2020 Madison Mini Half Marathon, 5K & Kids' Run, into a VIRTUAL EVENT. Your continued support of this race still benefits and has massive impact on our charitable partner, Girls on the Run of South Central Wisconsin.

The virtual experience that you can expect will be unlike any other. You will receive weekly inspirational emails, invitation to an exclusive Private Facebook Group where you can connect with other MMM virtual participants, Monthly Zoom Happy Hours (6/22, 7/20, 8/24), virtual bib, finishers certificate, virtual tracking and mapping, sponsor special offers and more! We're even going to have some extra fun stuff for the kids! You will still be receiving your participant ladies tank or guys super soft T-shirt, collectible bottle opener finisher medal, Virtual Race Bag, and any purchased merchandise.

It pits our collective stomach to make this announcement, but we believe it is the right call and a decision we had to make now. We can't begin to express our sadness in not being able to be with you all in person but we look forward to seeing your Virtual Madison Mini Half Marathon, 5K & Kids' Run stories and photos.

NEXT STEPS:

All currently registered Madison Mini registrants in the Half Marathon, 5K and Kids' Run events will be automatically transferred to your respective Virtual Madison Mini Half Marathon, 5K and Kids' Run events, for which you registered. THERE IS NO FURTHER ACTION FOR YOU TO TAKE. The Madison Mini may have a new look this year, but we are absolutely committed to making this an awesome virtual experience for all participants.

DEFERRAL OPTION: Our hope is that you would join us for this years Virtual Race; however, you do have an option - you may defer your Half Marathon, 5K or Kids' Run registration (as well as purchased VIP, Insurance, and Will Call) to next year's Madison Mini on Saturday, July 24, or the 2022 Madison Mini on a TBD date. To defer, please follow this link and instructions:

1) Visit your participant dashboard and sign in to your Race Roster account using the same email you registered with.*
2) Click “Edit Registration” on the right.
3) Update your information as needed.
4) Click “Save & Exit” to submit your change.

NOTE: Your deferral request must be submitted by June 15, 2020. Participants not requesting deferrals prior to June 15, 2020, are automatically registered for the respective Virtual Madison Mini distance for which they registered.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. We miss you all dearly and look forward to returning to the streets of Madison with you in 2021.

With gratitude,
Jeff Graves
Race Director, Madison Mini-Marathon & 5K
President, Vision Event Management

Welcome to the 12th Annual

Madison Mini-Marathon, 5K & Kids Run!

We pride ourselves with producing a world-class event and the best participant experience. This scenic 13.1-mile journey will showcase some of Madison’s best landmarks. No matter if you’re a seasoned runner or a first-time participant, we look forward to seeing you on our 2020 Madison Mini start line!

All 2020 Participants Will Receive

  • Opportunity to run a scenic course featuring some of Madison’s most iconic landmarks
  • Access to Best 14th Mile Post-Race Party on Memorial Union Terrace Overlooking the Lake
  • Complimentary Post-Race Beer (21+)
  • Real-Time Athlete Tracking App
  • Collectible Bottle Opener-Finisher Medal (half marathon finishers)
  • Awesome Blingtastic Medal (5K finishers)
  • Commemorative Super Soft Tri-Blend Race Shirt
  • Opportunity for VIP Upgrade
  • Motivation from energetic Cheer Challenge stations along half marathon course

Thank You to Our Sponsors