November 10 •  Madison, Wisconsin


Madison Festivals has owned and managed the race since 2001. It was run as the Mad City Marathon from 2001 — 2006, reverting to the name Madison Marathon in 2007. The marathon was held Memorial Day weekend until 2012 when it was cancelled due to extreme heat. In 2013, the race was moved to November on the Sunday of Veterans Day weekend. In 2020 the race was unfortunately canceled due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.


After a one-year hiatus, the Madison Marathon returned to Memorial Day Sunday and was managed by Quest Events from 1996 to 2000 through Madison Marathon, Inc.


No race held.


The Madison Marathon as we know it today started in 1994 as the Mad City Marathon by the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau. It was held the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and took runners through many areas of the city and around the lakes.


No race held.


A Madison Marathon was held from 1974 to 1983, organized locally by runners. The course went twice around Lake Monona to Olin Park. It started with 59 runners in 1974. The last year it was held in 1983 had 357 runners.

Madison Festivals, Inc. enriches our community by bringing together
people, businesses, and charities.

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