5K Run & 2 Mile Walk
November 9, 2024
Madison, WI

The 7th Annual Holiday Fantasy Run

Light up the night at the 7th annual Holiday Fantasy Run. This family-friendly 5K Run & 2 Mile Walk takes participants along the shores of Lake Monona under the beautiful Madison skyline. Runners will be treated to an amazing display of holiday lights as they run through Olin Park at the start and finish.

The 5K Run & 2 Mile Walk start at 5:00 pm at the top of Olin Park in front the Pavilion. Runners will start in sync with the official Holiday Lighting Ceremony (live on local television), they will run through the maze of holiday lights before exiting the park. Runners continue on the Capital City Bike Path towards the Monona Terrace Convention Center where they will turn around and return to the start/finish area. For safety on the 5K course, pets and strollers are not permitted.

All participants will receive a Holiday Fantasy Run Knit Cap, Drinks, Food, Music before & after the run.

In the pavilion at Olin Park
1156 Olin-Turville Ct
Madison, WI 53715

Friday: 3-7pm
Saturday: 3:30-4:45pm
No parking allowed in the park on Saturday, see parking map below.

5pm on Saturday. All participants should exit the pavilion and line-up by 4:55pm.
There is only room for 2 port-a-potties so plan accordingly and don’t wait until 4:55 to hop in line.
A Madison Fire Dept. engine will lead the participants around the pavilion, down the hill and over the bridge.

Everyone is encouraged to wear holiday apparel or ugly sweaters. If you have battery operated Christmas lights, wear them. You are encouraged to wear a head lamp and/or reflective clothing.

The after-party starts at 5:30 and goes until 8pm. Only those with race bibs can access the After Party inside the pavilion. You will need your ID for beer. We will serve Miller Lite, and hot chocolate. There will be live entertainment from Just Chillin. This years food is Walking Tacos, which include a bag of chips, ground beef, shredded cheese, refried beans, sour cream, and salsa.

There are several parking lots and side streets to park, outside of Olin Park. You cannot park in Olin Park. If you park off Olin Ave., there is a bike path that runs along Wingra Creek and goes under John Nolen Dr. This is the easiest way to get to the park.

The best place to park on Saturday is the Madison Parks lot on E Lakeside St. Just walk towards the park, cross the bridge, go to your left and follow the bike path up the hill next to the lake. There is no parking allowed in Olin Park on Saturday. On Friday, you can drive up to the top of the hill to park but you cannot drive down the walkway to the pavilion. If we missed something, email us at robin@mymadisonevents.com and we will add it here.

Proceeds from this event benefit http://www.runstrongmadison.org/, a 501(c)(3) that gives money to non-profits who provide volunteer hours in our community