Q: I’m a procrastinator…. How long do I have to register?
A: Registration for the 2017 Madison Mini-Marathon & 5K will close on August 16, 2017 or if we get a combined field of X participants has been reached. Paper registration forms must be post marked by August 9th, 2017.
Q: It has been a while since I think I registered, how do I check?
A: All on-line and mailed registrations will be confirmed via email. You can double-check your confirmation by clicking here!
Q: I know a lot of people… Can I make money from referrals?
A: Absolutely!! When you get your confirmation email there will be a link that you can share on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and email. For every person that registers using your special link we will credit your Race Roster account. When you reach $25, we’ll start cutting you checks.
Q: When Should I set my alarm?
A: The Mini-Marathon & 5K start at 7:00 a.m CST on August 19, 2017. We encourage you to arrive early so you have plenty of time to park, stretch and take plenty of selfies! We suggest you participants arrive between 5:30-6:00am.
Q: Will you be using the gun time to determine winners?
A: The top 3 winners will be using the gun time. Age group winners will be based off of the chiptimes.
Q: WHERE ARE MY RESULTS?!?
A: Results will be posted on the Madison Mini-Marathon website during the event. You can get your results in person by checking out our 14th Mile Post-Race Party. Official and archived results can be found here!
Q: I can’t run without my Race Day Packet…. Where do I get that?
A: This year, packet pickup will be at the Alliant Energy Center. This new location has plenty of convenient, free parking.
Alliant energy Center Hall C
1919 Alliant energy Center Way
Madison, WI 53713
Packet pickup is by last name and you do not need your bib number. For more information, click here!
Q: What happens if I get hurt while on the course?
A: There are 11 aid stations that are located throughout the course. Those will have Gatorade, medical aid, as well as Port-o-lets that will allow you to rehydrate as well as use the facility if nature calls! The aid stations are located at: Start Line, Mile 1.75, 3.25, 4.75, 6.2, 7.5, 8.75, 9.9, 10.75, 11.25, Finish line.
Q: Misting stations are a great way to keep cool . . . Will there be any on the course?
A: Great question valued participant. If the weather calls for them, Misting Stations will be placed at Miles 8.4, 9.5, 10.2, 10.75, 12.2, and the finish line.
Q: I missed a few training sessions . . . What if I can’t finish the race?
A: Not to worry! There will be a bus that will be following the last participants and if you can not maintain a 16-minute mile, the bus will gladly give you a ride back to the Post-race Party Area. We also offer you the opportunity to switch to the 5K if you want. You can do that online until the day of the race or at packet pickup.
Q: I like to stop and smell the roses . . . When does the race officially end?
A: The race will officially end approximately 10:45 am CST.
Q: My GPS says the course is longer than it needs to be. WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME WORK HARDER THAN I NEED TO?
A: 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 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 which helps explain why GPS devices overestimate distances.
Q: Where can I put all my stuff?
A: Need to unhitch the wagon? We offer a gear check that is provided for all participants. Gear check is located in the Memorial Union. We will only accept small items such as bags and electronics, so please leave the couches and refrigerators at home.
Q: Can I run with a stroller or even bring my dog along?
A: Even though everyone loves dogs and babies and you would receive a ton of great complements on how cute they are, but they are safety hazards on the course. Our event is just for runners/walkers only.
Q: I’m pretty fast . . . How do I get seeded so the slower people don’t hold me back?
A: If you can run a half marathon distance in 1:50:00 or faster, 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 19, 2016 and July 19, 2017 that is at least a 5K distance. All submissions of seeding proof must be post-marked by July 23, 2017, no exceptions! To submit proof please either email a link to your results at or mail in your results to:
Madison Mini-Marathon Processing Center
16851 Southpark Drive, Suite 100
Westfield, IN 46074
Q: I am medically unable to participate, can I transfer this years registration to next year?
A: Up until the day of the event, you may request to defer your registration until 2018 with a doctor’s note to prove medical need. All requests will be reviewed and a determination will be emailed to you. There are no refunds for the Half Marathon or 5K events.
Q: What are the different awards divisions?
A: You are only eligible for awards if you run the half marathon. The age groups are: 10-14; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 5-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70+
In order to be eligible to win an overall award or an age group award, you must run the race you registered and paid for. If you would like to drop down to a race that is of shorter distance, you must inform customer service and fill out the proper paper work. You will then be assigned the proper race bib. If you would like to move up to a longer distance race, you must inform customer service, pay the additional fee and fill out the proper paper work. You will then be assigned the proper race bib. You will be ineligible to win an award if you do not follow these procedures prior to the race. You will be mailed your award 4-6 weeks following the event.
Q: I will be too busy focusing for the event itself. Can I have someone else pick up my packet for me?
A: Of course! The only stipulation is they must produce your ID, a photo/electronic copy of your ID, or the confirmation email.
Q: My friend registered for the race but has a wedding on that day, can I run in their place?
A: Sadly no. Participants must have their own registration. If by some chance you were to get hurt we would not have a way to let your loved ones know, and that would not be good.
Q: I no longer want to run the race . . . can I get a refund?
A: Bad news bears champ! There are absolutely no refunds or transfers.
Q: Please DON’T do these:
· Go on the course before the official gun start. You WILL be disqualified for starting early
· Use someone else’s numbers
· Sell or exchange your bib number
· Switch to the Half Marathon if registered for the 5K
· 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.
Q: Who should I pay attention to if things get dicey?
A:Race officials may cancel, delay or change the race to a non-scored 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.
Q: Are you guys using that Fancy Timing Technology?
A: The Madison Mini-Marathon will utilize the MyLaps Timing System. The timing device is on the back of your bib;SO DON’T TAKE IT OFF OF YOUR BIB! In order to receive an accurate time, make sure:
· Race bib is clearly visible on the front of the torso
· DO NOT alter or modify the bib (No folds or major wrinkles)
· Pin the bib in all four corners
· Race bib is not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)
Q: So how do I put this piece of paper on me?
A: Make sure to:
· Securely fasten the bib to the FRONT of your outfit with the safety pins enclosed in your packet
· All bib numbers MUST be visible and worn on the front and outside of clothing at all times during the race
· Complete the form on the back of your bib, requesting important medical information
· DO NOT alter the bib number in any way!!!!!!!
Q: Y’all have any more of them suggestions?
A: Please follow these very easy guidelines to guarantee a highly enjoyable environment:
· Please start in your assigned corral to ensure you are running with people 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, Our aid stations can’t mend broken egos.
· There is a 16 minute per mile cut-off pace. This will start once the last person has crossed the starting mat.
· We get it; you have a lot of friends, but please be courteous and only run/walk two abreast and stay to the right so those faster individuals can safely get around