Runner Instructions

Runner Tracking Information

We offer several different options for you to track your favorite runner(s) on Race Day!

Confirm Your Entry & Look Up Your Bib #!

You will need your bib number (and valid photo ID) to pick up your bib, chip and participant shirt at the expo. Please find your bib number and verify that your information is correct.


Is your information incorrect? Please contact us at

RaceJoy App

How To Use RaceJoy
1.Download the RaceJoy app here!
2. Select the Madison Half Marathon & Twilight Series Event
3. Participants: Click I Want to Be Tracked. Spectators: Click I Want to Track Someone
4. Follow the prompts to create your profile and claim your tracking device
5. Race Day: Participants need to come back into RaceJoy and click Start My Race as they cross the start line.

SMS Text Alerts

Text MAD16 to 38909 to sign up for text alerts. Once you get a response, you will need to respond again with the runner’s bib #.

Live Tracking

The 2016 Madison Half Marathon is featuring the latest in real-time race tracking by providing Live Results

Features Include:

Live Web Tracker - See times and current pace within seconds of a participant crossing each split point. Estimated times will be provided based on current pace.

Live Leaderboard - See who is winning via the Live Leaderboard. Top runners in each category will be displayed in real-time as they lead the way through the course.

Real-time Facebook / Twitter Notifications - Get automatic posting as progress is made on the course. As a spectator, the times of the participant you are tracking can be posted to your Facebook or Twitter feed automatically allowing friends and family to share in the excitement! If you are a participant, claim your profile and enable Facebook or Twitter notifications. Your stats will post live as you pass each checkpoint.

Text2Follow® - Follow participants in real-time via text notifications to your mobile phone.

Click here for live tracking!

PLEASE NOTE: Times posted during the event are Unofficial. Official results are posted upon completion of the event.

Packet Pickup

There is NO packet pickup after Expo hours (unless this option is pre-purchased through registration).

Packet pick up is available at the Madison Marathon Expo Friday, May 27 from 4-7 pm and Saturday, May 28 from 9 am-5 pm at
Monona Terrace
1 John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703.
Parking notice: Parking at the Monona Terrace parking ramp is $.75/half hour Friday and a flat $5 Saturday. Metered street parking is also available on Wilson St. or in the surrounding blocks of Capitol Square.

Runners must show ID to pick up their packets! If you are not able to make it to the expo, someone else may pick up your packet for you by bringing a copy of your drivers license (paper or digital) with them to the expo.


Parking is available at the Monona Terrace ramp and there are other downtown parking ramps near the Expo (fees vary by ramp). All downtown parking ramps will be open Saturday, May 28 and Sunday May 29. Street parking is also available for a fee on Saturday and is free on Sundays. Map of Downtown city-operated parking ramps.

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!

Gear Check

Gear check will be available on the Square at the start/finish area (Capitol side of the King Street corner).


Restrooms will be available at the start (MLK Jr. Blvd.) and near the post-race party (100 Block of E. Washington), as well as at the aid stations throughout the course.


We ask runners to please be aware of others around you. Do not run/walk more than two abreast. Runners should be aware of being overtaken by wheelchair participants in the last few miles.Please listen for bike escorts clearing the way and give the wheelies the right-of- way, particularly as they approach the finish line.

Bandit runners - The Madison Marathon does not tolerate bandit running (running without registering). Please give yourself enough time to register for your event. Runners who run without registering are using supplies, services and road space paid for by registrants. Please be considerate and do not run without registering and paying for your event.

A note about trash: Please be kind to your fellow runners, the race volunteers and our environment! Try to toss trash (especially those GU packets!) in a receptacle at an aid station. If there is not a trash can nearby, please consider stashing your trash in your belt/pocket until you can reach a trash can. This will help keep the course safe for the runners behind you and will ensure that all the trash generated by the race can be picked up.

Finish Line

The following amenities will be available to runners at the finish line and at the Michelob Ultra Post-Race Party:

Medical services provided by UW Health Sports Medicine
Bottled Water & Chocolate Milk
Michelob Ultra (for runner 21+)
Pizza (Twilight 5K/10K) and Panera Sack Lunch (Sunday) recovery food
Offical race gear available for purchase
Free digital race photos
Race results and finisher medals
Additional food for purchase
Music by Mid-West Family Broadcasting (Saturday) Live concert by Wheelhouse (Sunday 8am-12pm)

Emergency Procedures

Colored flags will be located at each water station 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.




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.

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.

Yellow Flag

Less than ideal conditions

Slow down / Drink plenty of water

Green Flag

Good conditions

Enjoy the event / Be alert

*RED FLAG - Conditions for a Red Flag situation are complicated and need explanation.
How is Red Flag conditions determined?

The Madison Marathon does not use temperature alone in calling a Red Flag situation. The race's medical and meteorological staffs have developed a matrix that incorporates sports physiology recommendations based on geographic location with up-to-the minute weather data including, but not limited to, temperature, humidity, dew point, and wind speed. This matrix is constantly being monitored before and during the event and if a combination of these elements creates a Red Flag situation this is immediately communicated to race officials.

What happens when Red Flag conditions occur?
The simple answer is the race is stopped. The more elaborate answer is that when conditions warrant Red Flags the staff must determine where on the course to stop runners. Next, resources (staff, volunteers, law enforcement, buses, etc) must be moved to that location to facilitate a shutdown of the event and to relocate participants from the stopping point back to the Finish Line.



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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