Running Club @ UW: Run for Fun!

The Running Club began in 1986. Our Advisor, Ron Carda, was one of the charter members! We are part of the UW Recreational Sports, Club Sports program and offer a unique blend of exercise and fun. Runners are welcome at any level. While some members are quite good, most of us run for enjoyment and to stay healthy.

We run

Joining the Running Club @ UW is a great way to meet other runners, share running experiences, and explore Madison. We have one official meeting on Wednesdays throughout the school year.  Workouts begin with brief announcements.  Then runners have their choice of a distance (~5 miles) and we finish with a group ab session!  We also have “breakout runs” during the week, which are optional workouts that can be led by any club member.

Weekly Runs

Tuesdays (seasonal): 7:00 am at the Shell

Wednesdays (Sept-Oct): 6:00pm at the bottom of Bascom Hill

Wednesdays (Nov-May): 6:00pm at the Shell

Fridays: 4:00 pm at the bottom of Bascom Hill

Sunday Long Runs (year-round): 3:00pm at the bottom of Bascom Hill

We’re a social group

Several times a year we participate in local road and trail races with an entry fee discount for club members. We also have lots of club socials – which usually involve free food!

We give back

We encourage a healthy lifestyle in our community by offering two very popular road races during the year:  the Fall 15K (our charity run) and the Valentines 5K (our club fundraiser).  Club members volunteer behind the scenes and are in charge of everything from course setup, to registration, to timing. We have a lot of fun with these races and the community really enjoys them.

We build resumes

Being an active member of a student organization is a great addition to your resume. Plus, club members volunteer behind the scenes at two races, and volunteer work is key for many recruiters. If you’d like to be even more involved, consider being a club officer or committee chair. Elections are held at the end of the spring semester.

How do you join?

1. Request Membership on IMLeagues and fill out the membership consent form and supplemental health waiver.  On IMLeagues you will also need to complete the Safety & Risk Management training module with a score of 80% or higher.  A link to the form can be found here: https://forms.gle/PxTrygrDZeoCmrSt8

2. Pay membership dues: $15/semester or $25/year

3. Volunteer at our Fall 15K and Valentine 5K

Still have questions?

Please contact us. We’d love to hear from you!