Overall Rating
Overall Rating (4 Reviews)
4.3
(4 Ratings)(4 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.5
SCENERY
4.8
PRODUCTION
4.5
SWAG
4
The Madison Mini-Marathon & 5K is Madison’s greatest running tour! Weave your way through beautiful downtown Madison and experience the UW Campus (rated the 3rd best college for runners) at its best. Whether you are local, a returning alumni or experiencing Madison for the first time, this scenic 13.1 mile … MORE
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    jknoker REPEAT RUNNER '19

    We had a great time with this race and all of the support along the way was wonderful. It Ends on a huge hill which I would trim for next … MORE

    We had a great time with this race and all of the support along the way was wonderful. It Ends on a huge hill which I would trim for next time. It was a great location to meet up afterwards with all of my running friends 😊

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    debbles FIRST-TIMER '17

    Decided to run this course despite a somewhat tight turnaround after my first half in June (Summerfest Rock 'n Sole), primarily because it was a sister course with a challenge … MORE

    Decided to run this course despite a somewhat tight turnaround after my first half in June (Summerfest Rock ‘n Sole), primarily because it was a sister course with a challenge that offered a spare medal if you ran both! I also received an email around the 4th of July with a savings promo code so I finally signed up.

    Plenty of communication before the race on parking, weather, etc. I didn’t spend a lot of time at the expo, but it seemed like they had lots of great vendors with products, giveaways, etc. Women received a tech tank top, men received a tech tee. The women’s tank is actually really nice red shade, but runs small (which I believe they called out on the website.)

    Parking was no issue thanks to their clear maps of race day parking options. The area near the starting zone had plenty of porta potties and lots of space to move around, stretch out, etc. Overall a good atmosphere.. around 2400 half marathoners, fun music, the Badger mascot running around, and even had some of the band out to play a bit.

    The course was somewhat challenging. No crazy hills, but LOTS of rolling ones throughout the course. It did feel somewhat crowded, but I was running at a pretty average pace. The route was really nice.. went by the farmer’s market, ran along Camp Randall, went near the zoo, and by the Arboretum. Lots of time spent running along the lakes so the scenery was pretty beautiful! Aid stations seemed spread about nicely with plenty of water and gatorade, and there were lots of people out watching the race and cheering people on.

    Wish there would’ve been a bit more signage after the race to direct people towards the tent to get M2 challenge medals and to the free beer! I found both though.. both the main medal and the challenge medal were very nice, and the beer out on the Terrace hit the spot on such a nice sunny day!

    I’ll probably run this again in a couple years but first I want to try out some races that require a bit more travel!!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    Peter FIRST-TIMER '15

    Nice local race, was tougher than expected (the race organizers should have provided an elevation map). I understand how GPS watches do not actually measure the official distance, but mile … MORE

    Nice local race, was tougher than expected (the race organizers should have provided an elevation map). I understand how GPS watches do not actually measure the official distance, but mile 11 – 12 really seemed truncated. But a nice race experience and a nice destination for out-of-state runners.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    KatieD REPEAT RUNNER '14

    This was the second time I ran the Madison Mini. The race is well organized and the finishing party on the UW Terrace can't be beat. Madison is a fun … MORE

    This was the second time I ran the Madison Mini. The race is well organized and the finishing party on the UW Terrace can’t be beat. Madison is a fun place to both run and to spend the weekend of the race. The weather tends to be slightly on the humid side and the course does have some hilly sections. The course is varied, you run down State Street towards the capitol, outside the football stadium and the UW campus, down residential streets, and the arboretum.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
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    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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