Lake Monona 20KM Run and 5KM Run/Walk

05/02/2015 - 9am
Winnequah Park
Monona, WI
A BIG thank you to all of our runners, volunteers, sponsors, partners and spectators!

Without all of you, events like this would not be possible! Thank you for another great year of the Lake Monona 20K and 5K and we look forward to seeing you in 2016. A special thank you to Fleet Feet - Madison for hosting early packet pick-up and to Wisconsin Brewing Company for providing beer post race. We enjoyed producing this event and hope you enjoyed participating!


The Lake Monona 20KM run and 5KM run/walk, taking place on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, offers a beautiful course with springtime temperatures ideal for running, and lots of runners to share the experience with. For those with longer distance ambitions, this "almost" half marathon is a great way to peak your training for the 20 mile Syttende Mai Run a week later, or to prepare for a spring marathon. For those not wanting to run as long, there is also a 5KM run option.


When: 5/2/2015. 20KM starts at 9:00 am, 5KM starts at 9:15 am

Where: Winnequah Park, 1041 Nichols Rd, Monona, WI  53716

Registration Information:

There are multiple options to register.

  • Online: You can register online until 11:59 pm CST on 4/29/2015 on  Active.
  • By mail: Download and print THIS FORM and mail it with payment to Race Day Events (checks made out to Race Day Events, LLC) before 4/25/2015. 
  • In person: Registration will be available at packet pick up on 5/1/2015 at Fleet Feet Sports-Madison from 12:00-6:00pm. Registration and packet pick-up will also be available at Winnequah Park on 5/2/2015 starting at 7:30am.
    *Shirt NOT guaranteed for day of registration.


  Dec-Jan Feb-Mar Mar-Apr Race Day
5K $20 $20 $25 $35
20K $25 $30 $35 $50

All prices include WI sales tax, but do not include the processing fees.


  • FREE PHOTOS  -  The Lake Monona 20K is a FocalShare event... that means that every participant will be able to download free digital images. Share them with friends, family, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or your blog! Check out the Lake Monona 20K website to view and download your favorite photos.
  • Elements Massage will be providing post race massages. 


  • Overall: Awards will be given for overall male and female,
  • Age Group: The top three finishers (male and female) in each age division for both the 5KM and the 20KM will win awards. Age divisions are:
    • 5 KM Run: 10-Under, 11-14 and 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80 and up.
    • 20 KM Run: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80 and up.
  • Age Graded: The Monona 20K is continuing the tradition of giving out Age Graded Awards to the Top 15. Age grading is a way of putting all race participants on a level playing field, regardless of age or gender. Age graded scores let you compare your race times to those of different runners, as well as to the standard for your age and gender.

Schedule of Events:

  • 5/1/2015: Packet Pick-Up from Noon-6pm at Fleet Feet - Madison**
  • 5/2/2015: Race Day - all events take place at Winnequah Park, Monona WI
    • 7:30 am-8:45 am Packet Pick-up and Registration*
    • 9:00 am 20 KM run starts
    • 9:15 am 5 KM run/walk starts
    • 10:30 am - 1 pm Post Race festivities

​*We do not ship race t-shirts or other race swag*

**You MAY pick up other people's packets at packet pick up**

Post Race Festivities:

Refreshments will be available near the finish line and is free to all runners. 2 complimentary Beers will be provided by Wisconsin Brewing Co. and chicken wings will be served compliments of Quaker Steak and Lube. Additional beers will be available for purchase.

Live music by Mighty Wheelhouse will be playing from 10:30am to 1:00pm. Come for the run and stay for the fun!


The start and finish for both races is on Nichols Road near Winnequah Park and the Monona Pool, in Monona, WI.

The 20km course will take you around Lake Monona. A 20km loop, clockwise, on winding residential streets and paved bike paths close to the scenic shore of beautiful Lake Monona, with moderately rolling hills. The 5km mark comes shortly after you enter Waunona Way. A spectacular state capitol skyline beckons as you cross Lake Monona on the causeway towards the 10km mark. You descend into Olbrich park shortly after the 15km mark. A last descent and less than 1/4 mile to the finish. A course map is available here.

The 5km course will start the same way as the 20km course and follow the first mile of the 20km route. The 5km course will loop past Winnequah Park and join the last mile or so of the 20km course and continue to the finish. Click here for the 5K course map.

Aid Stations:

On the 20km run course, aid stations will be spaced nearly every 2.5 miles. On the 5km Run/Walk, there will be one aid station about half way. Aid stations will be stocked with water and TYR Endurance. A port-a-potty will be available shortly after 10km on the 20km run route.


Timing will be done by Midwest's best Timing company: Sports Management and Associates. This year, we will be using disposable chips worn on the bib number. No chips to pick up or return and nothing to tie on your shoe. 


There will be timing mats on the course every 5 km. All finish times recorded until finish line closes 3 hours after the start. Digital clocks will be present at the 10K mark and finish. 


Please do NOT park in the library parking lot. Click here for a parking map with available options.

Weather/Refund Policy:

This race will be held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, the race may be delayed or canceled. If the race is canceled there will be NO REFUNDS. Race Day Events has a NO REFUND policy. There are no refunds for any reason.

The Madison Mud Run will be held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, the race may be delayed or canceled. If the race is canceled there will be NO REFUNDS. Race Day Events has a NO REFUND policy. There are no refunds for any reason.