Brr. The winter chill has settled upon Wisconsin and surrounding areas for a bit, but that doesn’t put a damper on runners in the region. Running highlights for the week from Monday, January 18, through Sunday, January 24 include group training runs, runner socials, snowshoe races, trail runs, winter fun runs, and more. Incidentally, No Name-Calling Week 2016 runs from January 18-22, and perhaps area runners hope this applies to passing motorists, as well as fellow race participants.
Monday, January 18, is Martin Luther King Day. Most federal offices are closed on this date, along with U.S. Post Office locations, the stock market, most schools, and several (but not all) banks. Wisconsin and area runners may dash to the pavement, tracks, or trails on this day. Several may attend a PRO Foam Rolling Clinic at Performance Running Outfitters in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
National Popcorn Day pops up on the calendar on Tuesday, January 19, along with a Berkeley Running Company Beginners’ Group Run at Madison, Wisconsin; a Berkeley Running Company Pub Run at Madison, Wisconsin; a FF Mizuno Fun Run/Walk with Fleet Feet Sports at Mr. Brews Taphouse in Appleton, Wisconsin; a PRO Foam Rolling Clinic at Performance Running Outfitters in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin; Run Club at Fleet Feet Sports in Brookfield, Wisconsin; a Snowshoe Running Workshop at Endurance House in Middleton, Wisconsin; and the Sole Sisters Club Jump for Joy House Outreach at Helium Trampoline and Climbing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Wednesday, January 20, is National Cheese Lovers Day. Wisconsin and area runners hit the bricks for the Chicago Tap Room Run Series 2016 at USOLE Lakeview and Live Grit West Loop in Chicago, Illinois; 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; and a Libertyville Running Club Wednesday Fun Run at Cook Memorial Park in Libertyville, Illinois.
National Granola Bar Day is Thursday, January 21, as are a Free Mr. Brews Pub Run at Mr. Brew’s Taphouse in Madison, Wisconsin; the Free Nitty Gritty Sun Prairie Pub Run at The Nitty Gritty in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; a PRO Fun Run at Performance Running Outfitters in Shorewood, Wisconsin; and the Sole Sisters Club New Year, New You at Wilson Commons in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Friday, January 22, brings the Badgerland Striders Holiday Party at Milwaukee County Zoo’s Peck Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and the F.N. Fun Run at UW Campus in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Saturday, January 23, is Measure Your Feet Day. That may send scores of Wisconsin and area runners off to sneaker stores for fittings on new sport kicks. Others sprint off to the Bigfoot Snowshoe Race at Traverse City, Michigan; Decide. Commit. Succeed. 5K Frosty’s Hustle at New Richmond, Wisconsin; the F^3 Lake Half Marathon at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois; the Freeze for Food 5K/10K at Madison, Wisconsin; a Libertyville Running Club Saturday Long Run at Cook Memorial Park in Libertyville, Illinois; a Moms Run This Town Group Run at Zuzu Café in Madison, Wisconsin; the Mosquito Hill Snowshoe Race and Kids Run at New London, Wisconsin; My Team Triumphs’ Wisconsin/Lake geneva Kick-Off at Simple Cafe in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; the Phillips Flurry 10K/5K Run/Walk at Phillips, Wisconsin; the PRO Frosty Flapjack Fitness Challenge at Performance Running Outfitters in Brookfield, Wisconsin; the Prospect Lions Snowshoe Roar 5K at New Berlin, Wisconsin; RPCV of Wisconsin’s 35th Annual 5K/10K Run/Walk at Vilas Park in Madison, Wisconsin; and the Subzero Race Series at The Come Back of Madison, Wisconsin.
Regional runners line up for a variety of midwinter highlights on Sunday, January 24, including the Great Lakes Winter Series Big Chill Run 10K/5K at Hartford, Wisconsin; the Icebreaker Relay Practice Meet and Greet at Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the inaugural Im Schnee Festsitzen Trail Fun Run at Kenosha County KD Park in Wheatland, Wisconsin; a Regent Street Rockets Uptempo Run at Madison, Wisconsin; and the Schneelauf Run at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
As a rule, most of these Wisconsin and area races and running activities require advance enrollment, although some events may have race-day registrations, on-site sign-ups, and packet pickups. Participants, volunteers, and other attendees are wise to double-check arrangements with race organizers or event hosts, as dates and other details may be subject to change for any of these area races and running highlights.