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.


As the Spring 2021 semester continues, we wanted to give our members an update on how Running Club will operate.  It saddens us to announce that we will not be having in-person runs, workouts, or socials until further notice.  We are currently waiting for university approval to allow us to phase in small in-person group runs, we will update our members as this develops.

That said, we hope that you join our running community this semester virtually! We will be sending out weekly “newsletter” emails that will include multiple run routes around the Madison area, fun food recipes and tips for fueling, ab and/or bodyweight circuits, stretching tips, and maybe even throw in a hill workout (just for fun ).

We also plan on having fun socials virtually in the hopes of forming a strong running community on campus. Though we may not get to run together this semester, we hope to host events like yoga sessions, live ab workouts, book club, trivia nights, etc.

There will be no dues associated with being a member of Running Club this semester (woot woot)!  The only requirements to be a member this semester will be to fill out a consent form and health waiver on IMLeagues.

If you would like to join Running Club and would like to stay up to date on events occurring throughout the semester, please join our email list by emailing runningclub+subscribe@g-groups.wisc.edu.  Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns by emailing runningclubuwmsn@gmail.com!

We will be in touch soon with more information and details on membership, virtual club meetings, workouts, and events once we figure them out!

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. Join our email list for club updates and events.
  2. 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

Still have questions?

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