November 12 •  Madison, Wisconsin


Wednesday, November 8, 2023

11:59pm: Online Registration Closes

Friday, November 10, 2023

3pm – 7pm: Expo, Packet Pick Up at Monona Terrace


We offer runner tracking for family and friends who are spectating. More information on this feature will be available closer to event day! 



There will be ambulances and medical personnel at the start line, finish line and along 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.


We see you out there putting in the training to get ready for the Madison Marathon! Gatorade Endurance products are created specifically to help tough athletes like you replace the fluids and electrolytes lost when training and racing over prolonged periods. These products are backed by over 50 years of nutrition and hydration research at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI). They deliver a 2:1 glucose:fructose blend that helps the body maximize carbohydrate absorption while minimizing GI distress. That means that with each serving, you’ll get the fluids and nutrients you need to dig deeper and work harder. Gatorade Endurance Formula will be available on-course at every aid station, delivering the fuel to unlock your best, start to finish.

To learn more about Gatorade Endurance products, visit www.Gatorade.com. #FormulatedforFarther


Aid stations will serve Gatorade, water, and GU Energy Gel (assorted flavors, while supplies last). Plan ahead! Make sure you grab GU or fruit when it is available, even if you have to carry it with you until you need it. Gatorade, Gel, and fruit will NOT be available at every station, so please plan accordingly.

The following items are available at the Full Marathon Aid Stations:
• Water & Restrooms: All
• Gatorade: All
• GU: Aid Station #5, #11, #15
• Fruit: Aid Station #7, #12

The following items are available at the Half Marathon Aid Stations:
• Water & Restrooms: All
• Gatorade: All Aid Stations
• GU: Aid Station #4, #6
• Fruit: Aid Station #1

The following items are available at the 10K Aid Stations:
• Water & Restrooms: All
• Gatorade: All Aid Stations



Restrooms will be conveniently located near the start/finish area (on 100 block of E. Washington Ave. and Wisconsin Ave.) and at all of the aid stations on course.


The Pace Team will be provided by Fleet Feet Madison & Sun Prairie. Stop by their booth at the Expo & Packet Pick Up to learn more and meet your pacers! Pacer goal times will be as follows:





There are not pacers for the 10K



Parking is available at the Monona Terrace ramp as well as other downtown parking ramps near the expo (fees vary by ramp). All downtown parking ramps will be open through the weekend. 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 will be available at the INFO booth on Pinckney St. Gear must be in a clear/transparent bag. Please provide your own gear check bag. A limited supply of gear check bags will be available if you do not have one.


Colored flags will be located at each aid 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.



How is Red Flag conditions determined?

The Madison Marathon presented by SSM Health 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.



The traffic crossing the course and along the route will be delayed at times. The course will be staffed by Madison Police and volunteers. Please follow their directions for the safety of all.

Roads that will be closed temporarily for the start of the race:

Washington Ave. – Runners clear and road open by approximately 7:40 am
Park St. at W. Washington – Runners clear and road open approximately 7:30 am
Broom St. – Runners clear and road open by approximately 7:40 am
Bedford St. – Runners clear and road open by approximately 7:30 am

Roads with closures or lane restrictions:

Sherman Ave. – South bound traffic impacted from 7:00 am until approximately 10:30 am – Use Packers Ave. Between Northport and Commercial Ave.
University Ave. – West bound between Breese Terrace and Walnut St. is closed
University Ave and Gorham – Parking is removed and 1 lane is closed

Roads that will be open and are recommended travel routes:

John Nolen Dr. – Race does not impact
Washington Ave. – Race does not impact
Regent St. – Race does not impact
Campus Dr. – Race does not impact
Northport Ave. – Race does not impact
Packers Ave. – Race does not impact


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      Download a Start Line map HERE


        Start Line

        • Hassle-free gear check (drop off & pick up in one location!)
        • Restrooms at E. Washington Ave. and Wisconsin Ave.

        Finish Line 

        • Hassle-free gear check (drop off & pick up in one location!)
        • Finisher medals
        • Festival Foods PR bell (give it a ring if you break your personal record!)
        • Post-race bottled water from Festival Foods
        • Michelob ULTRA (one free for each participant 21+ yrs old)
        • Medical support provided by SSM Health
        • SSM Health heat sheets to warm you back up after your cool down
        • FREE digital finisher photos
        • T-Shirt Exchange
        • Post-race food

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