The 2021 Madison Mini-Marathon half marathon scenic course features some of Madison’s most iconic landmarks including Capitol Square, Dane County Farmer’s Market, State Street, Camp Randall Stadium, Kohl Center, Arboretum, Picnic Point and the University of Wisconsin Campus.
Half Marathon Start Time: 7:00 a.m. CDT
Half Marathon Start Location: Corner of Lake and Langdon
For complete Half Marathon Start Line information, please click here.
Mile Markers/Split Times
Each mile marker will have a large display clock that will indicate the running time of the event. These display clocks will show the time from the official start of the race, not your personal time. A system has been developed to display the mile marker sign, clock and colored warning flag. As you pass each mile marker, you will see an information station providing you with race status. You will know where you are on the course, the official race time and race conditions.
Medical assistance will be available on the route along with a fully-equipped medical facility located near the finish line provided by Madison Emergency Physicians.
IMPORTANT: Each participant must complete the medical information form on the back of your bib number. Please take time to fill out your medical information and provide emergency contact information. This will make your important health care information available to health care professionals in the event you are unable to communicate with them.
The Madison Mini half marathon course features 10 Water Stations along the course and at Start/Finish to assist you. Water stations will feature water and portable toilets. The Water Stations feature water portable toilets. Mile locations for these aid stations are: Start Line, Mile 1.69, 3.49, 5.03, 6.5, 7.96, 8.99, 9.5, 9.99, 11, 12.15.
If the weather permits, the half marathon course will also feature 4 Misting Stations to help keep you cool.
The portable toilets will be located at each water station.
For your safety and for the timely reopen of the streets to vehicular traffic, you must reach key locations by specified times or you will be required to take transportation provided. Partial lane closures will be utilized. Please stay inside the cones and obey all public safety officers and course marshals. PLEASE DO NOT START EARLY! Traffic and safety rules prohibit early starts. Early starters will be eliminated from the Official Results. If you cannot maintain a 16-minute mile pace, you will be required to board the support buses. The SAG (Support) Wagon and Back of the Pack Crew signage will signify the end of the field and the maximum 16-minute mile pace.
Flag Warning System
A simple flag warning system along the Madison Mini course will alert participants of weather or course-related issues. Flags will be located at each Mile Marker and Aid Station along the course. Please familiarize yourself with each color designation.
Green Flag: Everything is normal.
Yellow Flag: The heat index is at a point where participants should slow down and drink plenty of water.
Red Flag: Dangerous weather. Participants should slow down and take plenty of water. The timing of the event has stopped and no awards will be given out at this time.
Black Flag: Race has been canceled due to extreme weather or course emergency. Events such as a lightning, tornado or human disaster have or are occurring and all participants need to seek shelter immediately or turnaround and head to the Start/Finish line.
There will be 3 short air horn blasts every 30 seconds at each mile marker to notify runners the flags have been changed. In the event of a flag change, Pace Team Leaders will slow their speed and encourage participants around them to slow down and drink plenty of water. At this time, Pace Teams and Leaders’ sole responsibility is to monitor the pace for safety.