FAQ's

General Questions

How many miles are the races?
What awards are given?
Where can I stay in Madison?
What charities does the Madison Marathon support?
What security measures are you taking?

Registration

How many runners do you expect?
What is your registration cancellation policy?
Can I transfer my registration to another runner?
Can I change races or edit my race registration?
What is your delayed start policy?
Are walkers welcome?
Are handcycles allowed at your event?
How old does a minor need to be to run in the races?
When is the last day I can register?
Do I have to register to run one of your courses?

Packet Pick Up

When can I or someone else pick up my race packet?
Can I have my packet mailed to me?

Start & Finish Lines

Can I wear headphones, bring my dog/other animal, ride a bicycle or push a stroller?
What is the weather usually like on race day?
Where is my timing chip?
What time do the races start?
Will Gear Check be available?
Where should I park?
Can a family member or friend cross the finish line with me?

Course

How long is the course open?
How many water stations are there? What types of products are available?
Will there be medical support along the course? What should I do if I need medical assistance?
Where are restrooms located?
How will course conditions be communicated during the race?
What if I fall behind the pace requirement?









General Questions

How many miles are the races?

• Half Marathon = 13.1 miles
• 10K = 6.2 miles
• 5K = 3.1 miles
• Kids Race ~0.7 miles (once around Capitol Square)
• Conquer the Capital 19.3 Challenge = 19.3 miles (10K + Half)
• Conquer the Capital 45.5 Challenge = 45.5 miles (May 10K + Half and November Full)

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What awards are given?

Finisher medals will be given to all participants of the Half Marathon Run, Twilight 5K and 10K and Kids Race that complete the race.

Overall Awards

Half Marathon Run
1st thru 5th Male and Female – Madison Marathon Overall Winner Award
Masters Class (40+) – Top 5 Male & Female Finishers – Madison Marathon Masters Award

Twilight 10K
1st thru 5th Male and Female – Madison Marathon Overall Winner Award

Twilight 5K
1st thru 5 th Male and Female – Madison Marathon Overall Winner Award

Wheelchair Awards
1st thru 3rd Half Marathon Wheelchair – Madison Marathon Overall Winner Award
Sorry, we do not offer awards for the Conquer the Capital Challenge.

Awards by Age Category

Age group award medals will be given to the top three men and women for the Half Marathon, Twilight 5k and Twilight 10K in the following age categories: 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70 and over. Awards will be mailed out after the event.

Scoring

Gun time will be used for the overall prize winners (top overall men and women or even and top masters men and women), but net time (the time recorded by the timing chip) will be used for all age-group scoring. Those who place in overall categories will be excluded from age group awards. One award per person.

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Where can I stay in Madison?

The Madison Half Marathon and Twilight Series works with the Madison Convention & Visitor's Bureau for hotel room blocks. See our lodging page for more information.

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What charities does the Madison Half Marathon & Twilight Series support?

The Madison Half Marathon & Twilight Series supports local non-profit groups through both donations and our volunteer platform.
The official charities for the 2016 races are Badger Honor Flight, My Team Triumph - Wisconsin and Tri 4 Schools. Visit the charity page to learn more about our partners and how you can get involved.

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What security measures are you taking?

Safety is our top priority and we work with local law enforcement officials to plan a safe and fun experience for everyone involved. To help ensure a safe race experience, race staff encourage all participants, volunteers, and spectators to be aware of their surroundings and follow these protocols:

• Never leave bags unattended along any part of the course, including the Start and Finish Line area, except in the official Gear Check location.

• Please use either the official race bag or a bag no larger than a large plastic grocery bag for Gear Check.

• If you see a suspicious person, object or vehicle along or near the race course, please report the sighting to 9-1-1 or notify nearby law enforcement personnel.

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Registration

How many runners do you expect?

Twilight 10K: 1,500
Twilight 5K: 1,000
Half Marathon: 3,000
Conquer The Capital Challenge: 400
Kids Race: 350

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What is your registration cancellation policy?

The Madison Half Marathon & Twilight Series is not able to offer refunds or deferrals. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you are registered for the event, you agreed to this policy prior to registering.

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Can I transfer my registration to another person?

Yes! Our 2016 transfer policy is different than last year's - please read below.

On or Before April 28 - Online Transfers

Guidelines:
• Online transfers must be COMPLETED by Thursday, April 28 at 5:00pm CT.
• There is a $15 fee (plus processing) to transfer a registration to another individual.
• All those interested in transferring must find their own buyer.
• The buyer must sign up for the race that the seller was originally registered for.
NO REFUNDS ARE GIVEN. Instead, we charge the seller the transfer fee and any other race fees are handled by the buyer and seller.


Instructions:
• Visit the Registration Page.
• Go to your “Profile” page, click on “My Registered Races”, and then select “Edit/View Registrations" and go to the tab labeled "Transfer to Another Runner."
• Enter in your credit card information in the fields provided.
• Hit “Transfer Registration”, and you will be brought to your transaction’s confirmation page, where it can be printed out for your own records.
• IMPORTANT: If the recipient of the Registration Transfer does not complete registration for the race, then they are not registered and you are not considered a "cancelled" participant.
• After doing a Registration Transfer, you can view your “Pending Transfer” under the “Registration” tab. From here you will have the option to “Resend” the transfer notification email to your desired recipient. You can also “Cancel” the transfer if it has not yet been accepted.

Transfers After April 28, 2016

Any transfers after this time will need to be completed on-site at our Expo & Packet Pickup for a $25 fee. The new runner must have your bib # and a copy of your drivers license (digital or paper) to pick up your original bib. Once the new runner has picked up your bib, they must visit the TROUBLESHOOTING booth to make the switch and pay the $25 transfer fee.

Do not allow another runner to use your bib without completing the transfer policy. If this does occur, the runner and finish time will be disqualified from the race, and both you and the person using your bib will each be required to pay a $150 administrative fee before being allowed to enter a future event.
You and the runner using your bib may also be prohibited from entering a future event for a period of time.
Please understand that allowing someone else to participate using your bib can cause age class and overall results discrepancies. In addition, for safety reasons, we must be able to identify a participant should there be a problem on the course.

All runners MUST be officially registered and display an official race number. Any "bandits" will face a stiff fine. Anyone not registered who runs on the course during the race may face a "theft of services" charge and a fine. Pacing another without a number is not permitted. Thank you for official registering and for supporting our race.

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Can I change races or edit my race registration?

The Madison Half Marathon & Twilight Series allows registered participants to change races within the following guidelines:

• Online changes are allowed until Thursday, April 28 at 5:00pm CT, or until a race has reached its maximum capacity.
    • There are no additional fees associated with online changes before April 28th, unless the race distance you are changing to costs more than your original registration fee.
• Changes after April 28 must be done on-site, at the Expo & Packet Pickup, for an additional $10 fee. When making changes to your registration at the Expo, your shirt size may not be guaranteed.

Instruction for changing races is available here.

Instruction for editing or viewing your information is available here.

Registrants moving to a shorter distance race do not receive a refund of the price differential.

Event officials of the Madison Half Marathon & Twilight Series reserve the right to revise or cancel this policy at any time.

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What is your delayed start policy?

If race day conditions exist that could be potentially dangerous, the Madison Half Marathon & Twilight Series protocol is as follows:

1. Races may be delayed up to one hour.
2. Runners and spectators will be notified of conditions via:
  a) Text messages — Runners must register for alerts with Madison Half Marathon & Twilight Series text providers)
  b) Radio broadcast on WTDY (AM channel 1670 or FM channel 106.7) — Emergency updates will be provided every hour beginning at 5am
  c) Online at MadisonMarathon.org, Facebook, Twitter
  d) Live, on-site announcements
3. If conditions improve or are expected to improve after scheduled start time, the half marathon will begin approximately one hour after race officials have been given an "ALL CLEAR" determination by the appropriate authorities.*
4. If conditions do not improve or are not expected to improve in order to start the race, the race may be canceled completely.**

**Permits/requirements from the City of Madison do not allow the Half Marathon course to stay open beyond permitted times.

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Are walkers welcome?

Yes; as long as you can complete the course before course closures. For the half marathon, this is a 3.5 hour total from the time the last runner crosses the start line. For the Twilight 5K and 10K, the course is open until 9:45pm.

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Are handcycles allowed at your event?

No, hand cycles (hand bikes, hand-crank devices, or other mechanically gear driven devices) are not permitted on the course. Athletes using push-rim wheelchairs are allowed.

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How old does a minor need to be to run in the races?

Kids Race: 3
5K: No age minimum
10K: 12
Half Marathon: 14

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When is the last day I can register?

Runners may register online and on-site at the Madison Half Marathon & Twilight Series Expo on Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28 if events remain open. Please note: There will be no Sunday registration.

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Do I have to register to run one of your courses?

Legally, ALL runners MUST be officially registered with a visible race number. Any "bandits" may face a stiff fine and be banned for life from participating in any Madison Marathon event in the future. Anyone NOT registered who runs on the course during the race may face a "theft of services" charge and a fine. Pacing another without a number is not permitted. Thank you for officially registering and for supporting our race.

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Packet Pick Up

When can I or someone else pick up my race packet?

There is NO Sunday packet pick-up!
Unless this service is prepurchased with your registration. (Learn more about this service here.
Race packets will be available Friday, May 27 from 4-7pm and Saturday, May 28 from 9am-5pm at the Madison Half Marathon & Twilight Series Expo & Packet Pickup at Monona Terrace. All runners must pick up their race packets at the Expo. Runners must show a photo ID to pick up their packets.
Someone else may pick up your packet with a copy of your drivers license (paper or digital). There are also opportunities to connect with other runners through Facebook if you’re unable to attend the Expo.

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Can I have my packet mailed to me?

We are unable to mail race packets. All packets must be picked up at the Madison Half Marathon & Twilight Series Expo & Packet Pickup on Friday, May 27 from 4-7pm and Saturday, May 28 from 9am-5pm OR participants must have pre-purchased Sunday Race Day Packet Pickup.

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Start & Finish Lines

Can I wear headphones, bring my dog/other animal, ride a bicycle or push a stroller?

We understand that many runners need headphones to aid in their running concentration, or distraction. Headphones are allowed but not recommended for safety purposes. Dogs/animals of any kind, and bicycles are not allowed, strictly for safety reasons. Strollers are allowed ONLY in the 5K race.

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What is the weather usually like on race day?

Average High: 70 degrees F
Average Morning Rel Humidity: 79.0%
Average Low: 45 degrees F
Average Afternoon Rel Humidity: 50.0%
Mean Temp: 57 degrees F
Typical Sky Cover: Overcast

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Where is my timing chip?

Your Madison Half Marathon or Twilight Series bib will utilize MyLaps© BIBTAG technology for 2016.  This system does not use a conventional timing "chip," but rather an electronic reader strip mounted to the back side of the participant's bib.  You will notice a metallic strip, surrounded by a foam pad. he foam pad acts a necessary insulator between the runner and the electronic reader.  The BIBTAG system cannot be altered in any way prior to or during the event.  Please DO NOT try to remove it. Please make sure you wear your bib on the front of your body and on the outside of your clothing at all times during our events.  Doing anything different may reduce the readability of your results.

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What time do the races start?

The Kids race begins at 6:30pm on Saturday, May 28. The 5K begins at 8:00pm and the 10K begins at 8:10pm Saturday. The half marathon start is 7am on Sunday, May 29. See the Schedule page for more information.

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Will Gear Check be available?

Yes, Gear check will be available on the Capitol side of the King Street corner of the Capitol Square. Be sure you put your bib number on your bag if using this service!

Please use either the official race bag or a bag no larger than a large plastic grocery bag for Gear Check.

For security reasons, please store your bags at the official Gear Check area ONLY. Do not leave bags at other locations in the Start/Finish area or anywhere along the course.

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Where should I park?

Race Day parking: All downtown parking ramps will be open Saturday and Sunday. Street parking is also available for a fee on Saturday and is free on Sundays. See parking ramp locations.

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Can a family member or friend cross the finish line with me?

No. For the safety of all participants as well as for the spectators, we cannot permit any non-participants to enter any part of the race course or finish line and recovery chute. Runners who disregard this rule will be disqualified.

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Course

How long is the course open?

The 5K and 10K courses are open until 9:45pm on Saturday; the half marathon course closes 3.5 hours after the last runner crosses the start line on Sunday.

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How many water stations are there? What types of products are available?

See our Water Station page for details on locations and products.

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Will there be medical support along the course? What should I do if I need medical assistance?

There will be ambulances and medical personnel at the start line, finish line and along the course. (See our Water Station page for medical locations on the course.) If you need medical attention, find the nearest aid station, bearing in mind you may have just passed it. If you are not able to make it to an aid station by yourself, notify a volunteer, spectator or another runner to notify the nearest aid station of your location and condition. Aid stations will have the ability to contact the race's medical staff to provide you with help.

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Where are restrooms located?

See our Interactive map for course detail.

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How will course conditions be communicated during the race?

Emergency Procedures -- Colored flags will be located at each water station, on all race vehicles at the intersections on the course, and at the finish line area to alert runners to changing course and weather conditions. In cases of emergency, please follow the instructions below. In rare instances, it may be necessary to either close the race course or re-route participants. If this occurs, it is being done for the safety of the participants and volunteers.

ALERT LEVEL

EVENT CONDITIONS

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS

EXTREME
Black Flag

Event canceled. Extreme and dangerous conditions or course emergency

Extreme conditions: Participation stopped / Seek shelter immediately Course emergency: Follow directions from public safety officials, race staff and volunteers.

HIGH
Red Flag*

Dangerous conditions

The race is stopped. Finish times will not be published and no awards are given after a red flag. Runners should go to the nearest water station for shuttle transfer to the finish line.

MODERATE
Yellow Flag

Less than ideal conditions

Slow down / Drink plenty of water

LOW
Green Flag

Good conditions

Enjoy the event / Be alert

*For more info on red flag conditions, see the Runner Instructions page.

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What if I fall course closure pace?

Pace times are based on gun time, not GPS or chip time. If you fall behind the pace, you will be directed to the sidewalks off the official course and may continue at your own risk but without race support. You will not receive a finisher medal.

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