General Questions

HOW MANY MILES ARE THE RACES?

The half-marathon is 13.1 miles and the full marathon is is 26.2 miles.

IS THIS A BOSTON MARATHON QUALIFIER?

Yes, the 2017 course will be measured and certified by USA Track & Field.

WHAT AWARDS ARE GIVEN?

Finisher medals will be given to all participants that complete the Marathon and Half Marathon.

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

Wheelchair Awards 1st Wheelchair – Madison Marathon Special Award

Awards by Age Category Age group award medals will be given to the top three men and women for the Full and Half Marathon 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. One Award Per Person. Awards will be mailed out 2-3 weeks after the event.

Gun time will be used for the overall prize winners (top overall men and women and top masters men and women), but net time (the time recorded by the timing chip) will be used for all age-group scoring.

WHERE CAN I STAY IN MADISON?

Please visit our lodging page for hotel information.

WHAT CHARITIES DOES THE MADISON MARATHON SUPPORT?

The Madison Marathon’s official charities are Badger Honor Flight and myTEAM TRIUMPH. We also support many other local non-profit groups. Visit the Madison Festivals charity page to learn more about our charity partners.

Registration Questions

WHAT IS THE REGISTRATION CANCELLATION POLICY

Madison Marathon is not able to offer refunds or deferrals, as we offer all runners the opportunity to transfer their registration another person.  (This includes those who experience illness, injury or any other condition that may prevent them from participating in the event.) If you are registered for the event, you agreed to the no refund and no deferral policy prior to submitting your online registration.

CAN I TRANSFER MY REGISTRATION TO ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL?

Yes! Please read below: On or Before Oct 23 - Online Transfers Guidelines:
  • Online transfers must be COMPLETED by Oct 23
  • 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:
  1. Sign In to RunSignUp
  2. Go to your Profile
  3. Click My Registered Races
  4. Click Manage Registration next to the registration that you would like to transfer to another person
  5. Click the Transfer To Another Runner menu item
  6. Fill out all required fields
  7. Select Transfer as a Gift
  Transfers After Oct 23 Any transfers after this time will need to be completed on-site at our Expo & Packet Pick Up for a $25 fee. Instructions The new registrant must bring a copy of the old registrant's ID (photo or digital) in order to pick up the old registrant's packet. Once they have done so, they must visit our Troubleshooting booth to make the official change. The new registrant is charged the $25 transfer fee.  No refund is given to the old registration (the 2 parties handle money exchange on their own).  Shirt sizes are NOT guaranteed.

CAN I SWITCH RACE DISTANCES OR EDIT MY REGISTRATION?

Madison Marathon allows registered participants to change races within the following guidelines:
    • Online changes are allowed until Oct 23, or until a race has reached its maximum capacity.
      • There are no additional fees associated with online changes before Oct 23rd, unless the race distance you are changing to costs more than your original registration fee.
      • Registrants moving to a shorter distance race do not receive a refund of the price differential.
Instructions for changing your race before October 23:
    1. Sign In to RunSignUp
    2. Go to your Profile
    3. Click My Registered Races
    4. Click Manage Registration next to the registration that you would like to transfer your event for
    5. Click the Transfer Event menu item
    6. Click the Start Transfer button
    7. Select your new Event from the Event Drop-Down
    8. Agree to the Waiver and clickContinue
  • Changes after Oct 23 must be done on-site, at Expo & Packet Pick Up, for an additional $10 fee. When making changes to your registration at the Expo & Packet Pick Up, your shirt size is not guaranteed. Please pick up your original packet, then visit the Troubleshooting booth.

ARE WALKERS WELCOME?

Yes; as long as you can complete the course before course closures at 1pm.

ARE HANDCYCLES ALLOWED AT YOUR EVENT

Sorry, 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.

HOW OLD DOES A MINOR NEED TO BE TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUR RACES?

14 years of age.

WHAT IS THE LAST DAY I CAN REGISTER ONLINE?

Online registration closes after Wednesday, Nov 8 at 11:59PM. Race Weekend registration will be available on-site only at the Madison Marathon Expo & Packet Pick Up on Friday, Nov 10 and Saturday, Nov 11 if events remain open. Please note: There is no registration after the Expo & Packet Pick Up closes on Saturday at 5PM.

DO I NEED TO BE REGISTERED TO PARTICIPATE ON RACE DAY?

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 Run Madtown or Madison Marathon event in the future. Pacing another without a bib is not permitted. Thank you for officially registering and for supporting our race.

Packet Pick Up Questions

WHEN CAN I OR SOMEONE ELSE PICK UP MY RACE PACKET?

Race packets will be available Friday, Nov. 10 from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Madison Marathon Expo at Monona Terrace. All runners should 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. (Digital or paper). Please note: There will be no Sunday packet pick-up, unless you pre-order Race Day packet pick up for a $30 fee.

CAN I HAVE MY PACKET MAILED TO ME?

We are unable to mail race packets. All packets must be picked up at the Madison Marathon Expo on Friday, Nov. 10 from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  You may also buy our Will Call Packet Pick Up option.

CAN I EXCHANGE MY SHIRT SIZE?

There is a t-shirt exchange tent in the finish area on race day for participants to exchange their CLEAN, UNWORN shirts for another size (if available).

WHERE SHOULD I PARK?

For Expo parking and directions, visit www.mononaterrace.com.

There is on-site parking available at Monona Terrace for $.75/half hour Friday or a flat fee of $5 Saturday. All other downtown parking ramps will be open Friday and Saturday. Street parking is also available in metered spaces on Friday and Saturday. See parking ramp locations.

Looking for a spot? Visit the City of Madison Parking page for live ramp updates. You’ll be able to see the number of spaces left in each downtown ramp!

Course Questions

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.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER USUALLY LIKE ON RACE DAY?

Average High: 50 degrees F Average Low: 30 degrees F Mean Temp: 40 degrees F Typical Sky Cover: Overcast

WHERE IS MY TIMING CHIP?

The MYLAPS BibTag ThinTag is an ultra-thin, lightweight, disposable chip that is applied to the back of your race bib. The ThinTag has a sponge that provides the necessary space between your body and the tag in wet conditions. This ultra-thin sponge has the unique feature that it only expands when it becomes wet. 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.

WHAT TIME DO THE RACES START?

The full marathon is scheduled to start at 7 am. The half marathon will start at 7:10. See the race event pages for more information.

WILL GEAR CHECK BE AVAILABLE?

Yes, volunteers will collect your gear bags at the corner of N. Hamilton/E. Mifflin/Pickney St. on the Capitol walkway. Gear bags will remain here through the duration of the race and will be available for pickup immediately following. Be sure you put your bib number on your gear bag if using this service!

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.

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 chute. Runners who disregard this rule will be disqualified.

HOW LONG IS THE COURSE OPEN?

The course is open until approximately 1 p.m. This requires runners to maintain just under a ~14 min/mile pace for the full marathon and ~17 min/mile pace for the half marathon.

HOW MANY WATER STATIONS ARE THERE? WHAT TYPES OF PRODUCTS ARE AVAILABLE?

See our Course Information page for details on locations and products.

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 (paramedics will be roving on bicycles). 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.

WHERE ARE RESTROOMS LOCATED?

See our Course Information page for restroom locations.

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.

WHAT IF I FALL BEHIND THE MARATHON PACE REQUIREMENT?

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.

WHAT IS YOUR DELAYED START POLICY?

If race day conditions exist that could be potentially dangerous, Madison Marathon follows the below protocol:
  1. Races may be delayed up to one hour.
  2. Runners and spectators will be notified of conditions via:
    1. Text messages — Runners must have registered for text updates at the time of registration.
    2. Radio broadcast on WTDY (AM channel 1670 or FM channel 106.7)
    3. Online at runmadtown.com, Facebook, Twitter
    4. Live, on-site announcements
  3. If conditions improve or are expected to improve after scheduled start time, the race will begin approximately 30 minutes 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 after an hour of delay, the race may be canceled completely.**
*Permits/requirements from the City of Madison do not allow the course to stay open beyond permitted times.

If you did not find the answer to your question here, please e-mail events@madisonfestivals.com.

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