The first full week of May brings Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day, even as it ushers in tons of races and running highlights for Wisconsin and area athletes. Popular picks from Monday, May 2, through Sunday, May 8, are fun runs, group training runs, Kentucky Derby weekend events, marathons and half marathons, Mother’s Day races, theme races, and more. Also, several Walk MS events take place across Wisconsin this weekend, raising awareness and support for multiple sclerosis research and treatments.
Sole Sisters Club has its Soup for Soup Outreach on Monday, May 2, at St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
On Tuesday, May 3, Wisconsin and area runners race off to a Berkeley Running Company Beginners’ Group Run at Madison, Wisconsin; a Berkeley Running Company Pub Run at Madison, Wisconsin; the Run Club at Fleet Feet Sports at Brookfield, Wisconsin; and a Tuesday Night Fun Run and Free Yoga for Runners at Endurance House in Middleton, Wisconsin. Some folks say this is Two Different Colored Shoes Day, although runners tend to be so focused on footwear fit and consistent wear-and-tear that it’s unlikely many will comply while running.
Wednesday, May 4, boasts 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 the Sole Sisters Club Ping Pong Spring Fling at Evolution Bar in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Cinco de Mayo is Thursday, May 5, marked by a Cinco de Mayo Fun Run at Performance Running Outfitters in Shorewood, Wisconsin. It’s also the National Day of Prayer in the United States.
The Festival Foods Grandad Half Marathon Weekend runs from Friday, May 6, through Sunday, May 8, at La Crosse County, Wisconsin.
No Pants Day is Friday, May 6. Wisconsin and area runners are advised to refrain from celebrating this occasion on-course (of course) at the Family Glow Walk at Kinderberg Park in Germantown, Wisconsin, or the Lincoln Park Zoo Challenge at Chicago, Illinois.
Saturday, May 7, is Great American Grump Out Day. On a cheerier note, it’s also Kentucky Derby Day. While the horses race in Kentucky, Badger State and area athletes will dash to the 5K Run for the Roses Fun Run/Walk for This Old Horse at Hastings, Minnesota; the Cinco de Mayo 5 Miler at Chicago, Illinois; the Community Kolor Run at Merrill, Wisconsin; the Foundations 5K/10K/13.1 Training Program at Endurance House in Middleton, Wisconsin; the Lake Monona 20K Run and 5K Run/Walk at Madison, Wisconsin; and a Libertyville Running Club Saturday Long Run at Cook Memorial Park in Libertyville, Illinois. The Prairie du Chien Half Marathon and 5K at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, has reportedly been canceled.
Additional area running events on Saturday, May 7, include the Run for Hospice 5K/10K at Fabiano Brothers in Schofield, Wisconsin; the Sole Burner 5K Run/Walk at City Park in Appleton, Wisconsin; the Sole Sisters Club Kentucky Derby Day at The Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the Wisconsin Marathon/Half Marathon/5K at Kenosha, Wisconsin; the Wisconsin Trail Assail Mother’s Day 1K/5K/10K/Half Marathon at Nashotah Park in Nashotah, Wisconsin; and the ZB Run Squad / Mama’s 5K Run at Zion Park District in Zion, Illinois. Multiple Walk MS events take place on this date, including Fond du Lac, Kenosha/Racine, and Wausau, Wisconsin.
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8, beckoning Wisconsin and area runners to the Journeys Marathon at Eagle River, Wisconsin; the Madison Mother’s Day 5K at Olin Park in Madison, Wisconsin; the Milwaukee Mother’s Day 5K / 10K at Veterans Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk at Barrington, Illinois; a Regent Street Rockets Uptempo Run at Madison, Wisconsin; and the Run Like a Mother 5K at Hoyt Park in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
Across the board, advance enrollments and packet pickups are the rule for most Wisconsin and area races and runs. Certain events may permit race-day signups, if space allows. Area race and running highlight dates and other details may be subject to change. Runners, volunteers, and other attendees are urged to confirm event arrangements directly with race organizers or host organizations.