As January races to an end, with wild winter weather whirling across the East Coast, runners in the American Midwest still line up for races and endurance events. Running event highlights in and around Wisconsin for the week stretching from Monday, January 25, through Sunday, January 31, include candlelight night hikes, fun runs, indoor and outdoor endurance races, pre-season practice runs, pub runs, snowshoe races, training workshops, and more.
Monday, January 25, is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. Here’s hoping area runners won’t wish they’d donned plenty of the protective packing material for rugged trail and road races this week. The Pup Rally for the Wisconsin Humane Society takes place on Monday, January 25, with runners/walkers and their dogs taking to the trail at the WHS campus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin and area runners choose from these picks on Tuesday, January 26: a Berkeley Running Company Beginners’ Group Run at Madison, Wisconsin; another 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; and Run Club at Fleet Feet Sports in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
Wednesday, January 27, may be Punch the Clock Day, but avid winter runners punch out for 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; the Sole Sisters Club Comedy Night at Comedy Café in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and a Wednesday Women’s Fun Run at Universal Sole Running Store in Chicago, Illinois.
National Blueberry Pancake Day flips by on Thursday, January 28, as area runners pour out to a Free Eddie’s Pub Run at Eddie’s Alehouse and Eatery in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; Free Injury Screenings at Fleet Feet Sports Fox Valley in Appleton, Wisconsin; the Free Sprecher’s Pub Run at Sprecher’s Restaurant and Pub in Madison, Wisconsin; and a PRO Fun Run at Performance Running Outfitters in Shorewood, Wisconsin. January 28 is also Data Privacy Day, a smart reminder for safeguarding personal confidential information. (Sorry: Posted running statistics do not apply.)
The Icebreaker Indoor 5K is set for Friday, January 29, at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Two area running highlights last all weekend. The Barkley Marathons Chicago Premier at Gene Siskel Film Center of the Art Institute in Chicago, Illinois, and the Wisconsin Health and Fitness Expo: Get Fit Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, go on from Saturday, January 30, through Sunday, January 31.
National Croissant Day rolls in on Saturday, January 30, along with the Abominable Snow Race 2016 at Crystal Lake, Illinois; the Baraboo Winterfest 5K Fun Run at Baraboo, Wisconsin; the Beat the Freeze Biathlon at Hudson, Wisconsin; the Candlelight Ski, Hike and Snowshoe at Hartman Creek State Park in Waupaca, Wisconsin; the Desert Veterans of Wisconsin Winter Warrior 5K at Mid Vallee Golf Course in DePere, Wisconsin; the Icebreaker Indoor Half Marathon / Marathon and Relay at Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; a 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 Shoe the Zoo Race at Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wisconsin; the Snowshoe Scurry 5K/10K and 5K Dog Jog at Donald Park in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin; and the Sole Sisters Club 2016 Candlelite Hike and Bonfire Nite at Lapham Peak Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest in Delafield, Wisconsin.
Sunday, January 31 is Backward Day, but Wisconsin and area runners put their best feet forward for the AON Step Up for Kids at the Aon Center in Chicago, Illinois; the Frozen Zucchini Snowshoe Adventure at Barrington, Illinois; a Regent Street Rockets Uptempo Run at Madison, Wisconsin; the Snowshoe 5K Sugar Dragon Scurry at the River Edge Nature Center in Saukville, Wisconsin; and a Spring Half and Full Marathon Training Info Session at Fleet Feet Sports Fox Valley in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Across the board, these Wisconsin and area races and running activities generally require advance enrollment, although certain events may have race-day registrations, on-site sign-ups, and packet pickups (as space allows). Participants, volunteers, and other attendees do well to confirm 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.