Run Your Heart Out in Madison

Posted by Laura Kocum on Thursday, April 26th, 2018 at 9:48am.

Last December, Madison was ranked #1 in a list of the Best Cities for Running. The ranking was done by the website Smart Asset.  

The ranking cites 88 annual races, 59 gyms, pedestrian safety and broad interest in fitness as reasons for the ranking.  We agree that the Madison area is a great place for runners (and overall fitness). Take a look at several races available in the next month:

Saturday, April 28: 37th Annual Crazylegs Classic: Named for former Wisconsin Athletics Director Elroy Hirsch, the Crazylegs Classic raises funds to support UW Athletics. The 2 mile walk or 8k run take place downtown. The race begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of State and Carroll Streets. There's still time to register!

Saturday, May 5: Word on the Street 5k for the Verona Public Library: This race starts at 8 a.m. at the Verona Library, and includes trails through Badger Prairie County Park. It also includes a 3k option for kids, where they can follow a costumed character through the course. The main course will include running related quotes to keep you inspired and entertained. Funds raised will support the Verona Public Library. Registration is open now! 

Saturday, May 12: Glowing Smiles 5k in Middleton: Named for Lina Vergara, a young lady from Middleton who loved children, but whose life was cut short by a tragic accident, the Glowing Smiles Race raises funds for scholarships in her name. The race is in its 6th year, and follows a course through Orchid Heights Park. Registration is open now!

Also Saturday, May 12: Donald Dash in Mount Horeb: Choose a 5k or a 15k, and enjoy a course through Donald Park in Mount Horeb. This event is one of 5 races planned for the Savanna Trail Race series. The races all take place on Dane County Trails. Celebrate their beauty and help raise funds for Dane County Parks. Registration is open now!

These races are just a taste of the many opportunities for fun and exercise in the region. Get out, enjoy the beautiful spring weather, and all that Dane County has to offer!

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