Hello, February! Wisconsin and area joggers, sprinters, and long-distance trekkers welcome this wintry month with hearty enthusiasm and tons of races and running events. Highlights running from Monday, February 1, through Sunday, February 7, include fun runs, night hikes, practice runs, pub runs, runner socials, snowshoe events, Valentine’s Day theme races, an indoor triathlon, and more.
Monday, February 1, is National Freedom Day in the United States. The Sole Sisters Club has its Heart and Sole Blood and Shoe Drive at Wilson Commons in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on this day.
Groundhog Day comes up on Tuesday, February 2, along with a Berkeley Running Company Beginners’ Group Run at Madison, Wisconsin; a Berkeley Running Company Pub Run at Madison, Wisconsin; the Hoke Demo Run at InStep Physical Therapy and Running Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Run Club at Fleet Feet Sports at Brookfield, Wisconsin.
Wednesday, February 3, brings a FF Madison Group Run/Walk at Fleet Feet Sports in Madison, Wisconsin; a FF Sun Prairie Group Run/Walk at Fleet Feet Sports in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; a Libertyville Running Club Wednesday Fun Run at Cook Memorial Park in Libertyville, Illinois; a Run Away Shoes Pub Run at Terry’s in Oshkosh, Wisconsin; and the Sole Sisters Club Heart to Heart Valentine-Making Night (for Journey House) at Wilson Commons in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Area runners mark Thursday, February 4, with the Epic Open House at Berkeley Running Company in Madison, Wisconsin; the Feet Free Lazy Oaf Lounge Pub Run at Lazy Oaf Lounge in Madison, Wisconsin; a Free Village Green Pub Run at Village Green Bar & Grill in Middleton, Wisconsin; and a PRO Fun Run at Performance Running Outfitters in Shorewood, Wisconsin.
Friday, February 5, is National Wear Red Day (for heart disease and stroke) and National Chocolate Fondue Day. Wisconsin and area runners show their true colors and burn calories at a Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe Night at Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton, Wisconsin; and the Pinnacle Indoor Triathlon at Fitchburg, Wisconsin.
Saturday, February 6, boasts the 11th Annual Seroogy’s Valentine Run 15K/5K at Scroogy’s Chocolates in DePere, Wisconsin; the Badgerland Striders 28th Annual John Dick Memorial Crusty 50K Run at Mackie Group Picnic Area of the Kettle Moraine State Forest by North Prairie, Wisconsin; the Candlelight Hike Through the Woods at Brandt Quirk Park in Watertown, Wisconsin; a Candlelight Ski/Hike at Harrington Beach State Park in Belgium, Wisconsin; a Candlelight Ski/Hike/Showshoe and How to Snowshoe Clinic at Mirror Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wisconsin; the Chicago Area Runners Association Awards Banquet at Holiday Inn / Chicago Mart Plaza in Chicago, Illinois; the Hudson Hot Air Affair / Up, Up and Away 5K Run/Walk at Hudson, Wisconsin; the Iola Twilight Snowshoe Race at Iola, Wisconsin; the Libertyville Running Club Saturday Long Run at Cook Memorial Park in Libertyville, Illinois; the PRO Frosty Flapjack Fitness Challenge at Performance Running Outfitters in Brookfield, Wisconsin; the Run Away Shoes VIP Night at Tundra Lodge Resort and Waterpark in Green Bay, Wisconsin; the Snowshoe Scurry 5K/10K and Bike Race at Pleasant View Golf Course in Middleton, Wisconsin; the Subzero Race Series Five Miler at The Come Back of Madison, Wisconsin; the Treehaven Tromp Snowshoe Race 10K/5K at Tomahawk, Wisconsin; the Walk Across Lake Winnebago at Bobber’s Bar in Hilbert, Wisconsin; and the Yeti Dash Snow Shoe Run at Cudahy, Wisconsin.
Super Bowl Sunday is Sunday, February 7, as are the Kenosha Running Company Group Trail Run at Silver Lake Park in Silver Lake, Wisconsin; the Pre-Game 5K – at Rosati’s Pizza Sports Pub in Edgerton, Wisconsin; a Regent Street Rockets Uptempo Run at Madison, Wisconsin; 2nd Annual Super Sunday Shuffle with Fleet Feet Sports Fox Valley at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin; and the USATF Wisconsin Indoor Championship at NE Tarble Recreation Center of Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Most of these Wisconsin and area races and running activities require advance registrations, although some may offer race-day enrollments, on-site sign-ups, and pre-race packet pickups (as space allows). Participants, volunteers, and other attendees are advised to confirm arrangements with race organizers or event hosts, as area races and running highlight dates and other details may be subject to change.This week’s races and runs: February 1-7