February is zooming to the finish line, but Wisconsin and area runners are racing full speed ahead with winter running events all over. Popular picks for the week from Monday, February 22, through Sunday, February 28, include charity races, fun runs, indoor triathlons, practice runs, pub runs, runner socials, snowshoe events, training clinics, and more.
Walking the Dog Day is Monday, February 22, along with a FF Event Directors Social at Fleet Feet Sports, Madison, Wisconsin, and Yoga for Athletic Performance, Alignment and Core Strength with Stride MultiSport at Twisted Roots in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Tuesday, February 23, boasts a Berkeley Running Company Beginners’ Group Run at Madison, Wisconsin, a Berkeley Running Company Pub Run at Madison, Wisconsin, a Mizuno Fun Run/Walk at Fleet Feet Sports Fox Valley in Appleton, Wisconsin, and the Run Club at Fleet Feet Sports at Brookfield, Wisconsin. Also, Endurance House in Delafield, Wisconsin, holds a screening of The Spirit of the Marathon movie.
Wisconsin and area runners choose from several highlights on Wednesday, February 24. These include a Badgerland Striders Winter Fun Run at Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 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; and a Wednesday Women’s Fun Run at Universal Sole Running Store in Chicago, Illinois.
National Chili Day arrives on Thursday, February 25, as athletes dash off to a Free Pub Run at Eddie’s Alehouse and Eatery in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; a Free Pub Run at Village Green Bar and Grill in Middleton, Wisconsin; Free Injury Screenings with Schubbe Resch at Fleet Feet Sports Fox Valley in Appleton, Wisconsin; and a PRO Fun Run at Performance Running Outfitters in Shorewood, Wisconsin.
The Navarino Nature Center in Shiocton, Wisconsin, has Candlelight Snowshoe/Ski Events on Friday, February 26, and Saturday, February 27.
Saturday, February 27, is International Polar Bear Day. Wisconsin and area runners warm up for the 10th Annual St. Joan of Arc Frostbite 5K at Nashotah, Wisconsin; a Candlelight Hike/Snowshoe at Yellowstone Lake State Park in Blanchardville, Wisconsin; the Chilly Chippewa 5K Run/1M Walk at Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin; the Cupcake Run/Walk at Marinette High School in Marinette, Wisconsin; Decide. Commit. Succeed. 5K All You Need Is Love at New Richmond, Wisconsin; the Force of Orange Kick Off at Fleet Feet Sports in Madison, Wisconsin; the Inaugural Poker Run 10K Charity Event at Tighthead Brewing Company in Mundelein, Illinois; a Libertyville Running Club Saturday Long Run at Cook Memorial Park in Libertyville, Illinois; the Old Town Grand Reopening Fun Run at Fleet Feet Sports in Chicago, Illinois; the PRO Frosty Flapjack Fitness Challenge at Performance Running Outfitters in Brookfield, Wisconsin; the Stride and Glide for Independence First Foundation at Milwaukee County Zoo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the UW Lacrosse Indoor Triathlon at LaCrosse, Wisconsin; and the WABC Winter Indoor Track and Field Meet at Watertown, Wisconsin.
Oscar Night brings The Academy Awards on Sunday, February 28, but Wisconsin and area runners go for the gold in the Frosty Footrace 5K at Round Lake Beach, Illinois; the Hug an Athlete 5K at Doty Park in Belvidere, Illinois; the No Boundaries Spring Info Session at Fleet Feet Sports Fox Valley in Appleton, Wisconsin; the RecPlex Indoor Triathlon #1 at Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin; and a Regent Street Rockets Uptempo Run at Madison, Wisconsin. Runners will recall that the following day is Leap Year Day.
As a rule, advance registrations and pre-race packet pick-ups are needed for Wisconsin and area races and running activities, although some events may invite drop-ins, race-day enrollments, and on-site sign-ups (as space allows). Race participants, volunteers, and other attendees are urged to check arrangements with race organizers or event hosts, as area race and running highlight dates and other details may be subject to change.