Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for the event?

You can register online until the night before the race. Additionally, you can download a race entry form, fill it out and send it along with a check (made payable to: Madison College Foundation Benefit Run) to the following address: Madison College Athletics, 1701 Wright Street, Madison, WI 53704

How much does it cost to register for the race?

Registration price depends on when you register and what you register for. Prices are indicated on our registration page.

What are your t-shirts like and how do I get one?

Our Turkey Trot t-shirts are some of the nicest of any race in Madison... to find out more visit out T-Shirt page. To get a t-shirt, participants need to register during the Early registration period. After that t-shirts need to be purchased separately.

Are there any registration discounts?

For groups registering at least 15 participants at one time please contact Race Director, Jason Verhelst, for a discount code.

When & where do runners and walkers pick up their race packets?

Race packets can be picked up prior to the event on Thursday, October 30 at the Madison College Health Building (1705 Hoffman Street, Madison, WI) from 3-6 PM or they can be picked up on-site after 8:30 AM on race day.

Can I register on race day?

People can register on the day of the race. Race-day registration costs are as follows: $30.00 - 5K or 5M registration, $40.00 - both races, $15.00 - kids race (t-shirt, bib, race medal)
All race-day registrations are without a t-shirt.

Where should I park?

You can park anywhere in the large parking lot.

How is the event timed?

The event will be chip timed. Chips are embedded in your bib. Your bib must be worn during the entire race. No bib, no chip, no time.

Are their medical professionals on-site?

Yes, EMT personnel and the ambulance is located at the finish line.

What awards are given?

Custom designed Turkey Trot medals are awarded to the top three individuals in each division.  An additional award is given to the top male and female finisher in the 5K and 5M. The age divisions for the 5K and 5M races are as follows:

12 & U | 13-18 | 19-29 | 30-39 | 40-49 | 50-59 | 60-69 | 70+

There are no divisions for walkers.  

Are their rest rooms or locker rooms available?

Restrooms are available on site. Locker and shower facilities are available at Madison College (1701 Wright Street, Madison, WI) from 8:30 AM-1:30 PM, if needed.

Are spikes allowed for the race?

Spikes are NOT ALLOWED for the race.

Are strollers and/or dogs allowed on the course?

Strollers and dogs are NOT ALLOWED on the course.

If I pre-registered with a t-shirt and do not show up at the race can I still get my t-shirt?

Sorry, pre-registered participants must pick up their t-shirts on race day.

Are refunds given if I choose not to participate?

No refunds are given once the registration has been processed.

What if it is raining the morning of the race?

The race will go on unless there is thunder or lighting.

Where are the proceeds from the race donated?

All proceeds benefit Thursday's Child and the Madison College Foundation. Thursday's Child makes dreams come true for terminally ill children at no cost. The Madison College Foundation provides educational assistance to students. Both serve Dane County and the surrounding areas.