Virtual Race Information

The purpose of going virtual is to allow participants to complete the race that they have been training for, while adhering to the recommendations provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.


  • All currently registered participants will be automatically entered into the Virtual Event unless you choose to defer to 2021 or 2022. Deferral requests must be received by June 15, 2020.  You cannot participate virtually and defer. Sorry, No Refunds.
  • You may submit results from August 1 – August 22, 2020.
  • You may complete your run(s) whenever and wherever you’d like.
  • Participant shirts and medals will be mailed out starting August 15, 2020.

If you defer your registration to 2021 or 2022, your Will Call and/or VIP will transfer with you. If you decide to go virtual, a refund will be made.

When you purchased a protection policy through FanShield, you received an email directly from them with the information on how to file a claim. If you did not see the email, you may go to this link to file your claim: https://www.fanshield.com

As a Virtual Event, the policy will still function the same and filing the claim will follow all the normal protocols.

Please note the FanShield policies in regards to COVID-19 or go to FanShield FAQs.

If you need to update your mailing address, please complete the following instructions:

  • Sign into your Race Roster Account (www.raceroster.com)
  • Navigate to the far-right corner of your screen and select the Menu
  • Click Dashboard under the participant section.

Scroll down and click Edit Registration to change your mailing address.

With the Madison Mini turning virtual, the Wisconsin 26.2 Challenge between the Madison Mini and Brewers Mini Marathon will not take place in 2020. We look forward to hosting the Challenge in 2021.

Due to both the Christie Clinic Illinois Half Marathon going virtual, the Illini-Badger Challenge will not take place in 2020. We look forward to our continued rivalry in 2021.

As a member of our Founders Club we understand your love of the Madison Mini! For those Founders who choose to participate in the 2020 Virtual Madison Virtually, you will receive a limited-edition Founders Truckers Cap courtesy of FleetFeet! We are considering 2020 as a “Leap Year”. Your Founders Club status will stay in tact if you decide to defer to 2021.

If you purchased an iTab and run Virtual, you will receive your iTab in the mail. If you chose to defer, your iTab will defer with you.


General Information

Online registration for the 2020 Madison Mini-Marathon & 5K will close at 11:00 a.m. CDT on August 21, 2020, or sooner, if we reach field limits. Event management will communicate via emails and social media is race fields are close to maxing out.  You may also register at the Expo on August 21, if the race has not sold out.  Paper registration forms must be post marked by August 13, 2020.

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

Yes!  When you received your registration confirmation email, there was a link that you can share on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and email.  For every person who registers using your special link, we will credit your Race Roster account 3% of their registration fee. When you reach $15, Race Roster will cut you a check.

The Madison Mini-Marathon & 5K starts at 7:00 a.m CDT on August 22, 2020. 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. 

Packet Pick-up will take place on August 21 at a location to be announced. You can get the complete packet pick-up details here, https://www.madisonminimarathon.com/expo-packet-pickup/.

Should the temperature be hot, misting stations will be placed along the half marathon course.

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.

If you can run a half marathon distance under 1:50:00, you can be seeded toward the front of the starting area. You may request seeding after registration with proper proof.  You must provide proof in the form of results from a road race that has occurred between August 20, 2019, and July 20, 2020, that is at least a 5K distance. All submissions of seeding proof must be post-marked by July 28, 2020.  No exceptions! To submit proof please either email a link to your results at info@visioneventmanagement.com or mail in your results to:

Madison Mini-Marathon Processing Center
Attn: Proof
16851 Southpark Drive, Suite 100
Westfield, IN 46074

There are no refunds, deferrals, or transfers for the Madison Mini Half Marathon or 5K events. We offer an insurance package that can be purchased during registration.

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.

There are NO refunds, transfers, or deferrals.

  • 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.