Oh so many great events to choose from this weekend!  If you are a runner, this is your weekend!  Or maybe not | with so many choices in front of you, it’s impossible to do them all.  And that is a shame, because there really are some great choices…


Let’s start with the annual Lake Monona 20k.  The race is on Saturday morning, starting and ending at Winnequah Park in Monona.  The route goes clockwise around Lake Monona with a 5k option that stays in the Winnequah Park area.  Be sure to stick around after the race for the finish-line party, featuring live music from Wheelhouse, wings from Quaker Steak & Lube, and adult beverages from Wisconsin Brewing Company!


Speaking of “adult beverages” | Madison Craft Beer Week starts on Friday!  On Saturday, you can take the Suds & Spirits Bike Tour.  The tour starts at Machinery Row Bicycles and takes you to Karben4, Old Sugar Distillery and One Barrel Brewing, you’ll also stop by the former sites of Fauerbach Brewery and Hess Cooperage.

The Fetch 5k Dog Jog also features adult beverages, and this one is a benefit for man’s best friend!  The 5k race starts and ends at the Capital Brewery in Middleton with a fun after-party in the beer garden when you finish your run.  Money raised goes to Fetch Wisconsin, an organization dedicated to finding homes for the thousands of deserving dogs living in shelters across the country.

Purple Stride Madison is a run/walk to raise money and awareness for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  This is a noncompetitive run/walk (although you know some people will still race it), starting and ending at Warner Park.  Michelle Corolla from Fox47 will be your emcee for the day, and I will act as race announcer. 

And we didn’t forget about the kids this weekend…

Tri 4 Schools Waunakee is a youth triathlon taking place at the Waunakee Aquatic Cetnter on Saturday morning.  Kids aged 2 to 14 can race and help raise funds for their school fitness programs.

As always, you can find more information, including links to event websites, on these events and so many more, on the Active Zone Calendar