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FAQ

General Information

Online registration for the 2022 Madison Mini-Marathon & 5K will close at 11:00 a.m. CDT on July 22, 2021. You may also register at packet pick-up on July 22.

All online and mailed registrations will be confirmed via email. You can double-check your registration by clicking here

The Madison Mini-Marathon & 5K starts at 7:00 a.m CDT on July 23, 2022. We encourage you to arrive early so you have plenty of time to park, stretch and take selfies! We suggest participants arrive between 5:30 – 6:00 a.m.

The top 3 winners will be determined by gun time.  Age group winners will be based off of the chip times.

 A results link to your half marathon and 5K results will be included in your post-race email; you may also scan the QR code on your race bib. 

A bus will be following the last participants.  If you can not maintain a 16-minute mile pace, the bus will give you a ride back to the 14th Mile Post-Race party area. We also offer you the opportunity to switch to the 5K distance, if you anticipate not being able to finish.  You may make that change online until the day of the race or at Packet Pick-up.

The race will end at approximately 10:45 a.m. CDT.

GPS devices work by receiving signals from satellites. The quality of different GPS units can vary, but all of them can be affected by conditions such as buildings in urban environments or heavy overhead tree cover that interfere with the reception of the satellite signals and can cause them to be inaccurate.

Our race course is certified by USATF and is measured by a “SPR” or Shortest Possible Route that a runner could possibly run. The majority of our participants will not run the SPR and therefore have a slightly different distance.

Here is an article that helps explain why GPS devices overestimate distances. 

FREE gear check is available to all participants. Gear check is located in the Memorial Union.  Small items and electronics will be accepted.

For everyone’s safety, only participants are allowed on the course.  Strollers and animals are not allowed.

This race does not offer refunds or deferrals. If you are registered for the event, you agreed to the no refund and no deferral policy prior to submitting your online registration.  (This includes those who experience illness, injury or any other condition that may prevent them from participating in the event.)

Top 3 Male and Female Overall Awards will be presented for both the Half Marathon and 5K races. Presentations will take place at the stage on the Terrace at approximately 9:15 a.m. Age group awards are only being presented for the half marathon race. They will be mailed approximately 4-6 weeks after the race. Team awards will also be mailed approximately 4-6 weeks after the race.

Yes! They must show a copy (digital or paper) of your I.D.

No. For safety reasons, participants must have their own registration.

This race does not offer refunds or deferrals. If you are registered for the event, you agreed to the no refund and no deferral policy prior to submitting your online registration.  (This includes those who experience illness, injury or any other condition that may prevent them from participating in the event.)

  • Go onto the course before the official gun start. You WILL be disqualified for starting early.
  • Use someone else’s number
  • Sell or exchange your bib number
  • Switch into a different race distance without officially notifying event management prior to race day.
  • Ignore all directions by course monitors, police and safety personnel

Unregistered participants, unauthorized vehicles, bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, in-line skates, strollers, baby joggers, walking poles and animals are prohibited along the course. All race regulations comply with liability insurance requirements and ensure your safety and the fairness of the race. For your safety and the safety of others, please allow room for faster individuals to pass you. If you are running or walking with friends, please do not line up more than two abreast.

Race officials may cancel, delay or change the race to a non-timed event in case of extreme weather or other conditions that may affect the safety and health of the participants. In the event of cancellation, no refunds will be issued. 

The Madison Mini-Marathon will utilize the MyLaps Timing System. The timing device is on the back of your bib; SO PLEASE DON’T TAKE IT OFF OF YOUR BIB! In order to receive an accurate time, please:

  • Securely fasten your race bib, using the safety pins provided, to the FRONT of your outfit so that it clearly visible on the front of the torso at all times during the race
  • DO NOT alter or modify the bib (no folds or major wrinkles, please)
  • Pin the bib in all four corners
  • Confirm race bib is not covered (with jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)
  • Complete the form on the back of your bib, requesting important medical information
  • DO NOT alter the bib number in any way!

Please follow these very easy guidelines to guarantee a highly enjoyable environment:

  • Please start in your assigned corral to ensure you are running with athletes of the same talent.
  • Your time will start once you cross the starting mats so don’t worry, your official time will be faster than what your watch says.
  • Do not attempt to move up to a faster pace.
  • There is a 16-minute mile cut-off pace, which will start once the last person has crossed the starting mat.
  • Please be courteous and only run/walk two abreast and stay to the right so those faster individuals can safely get around.