MADISON, Wis. - Madison Marathon organizers announced Thursday the full marathon has sold out but there are still openings in the Madison half-marathon.
The 18th running of the road race is being held Nov. 10, according to a release. Anyone over the age of 14 can register online until Nov. 9 if space is available.
The marathon is organized by Madison Festivals, which took over the race in 2001 and uses the event to raise money for the Badger Honor Flight, YMCA, My Team Triumph and 40 area nonprofits that provide volunteers for the event, water stations and course, officials said.
The fall half-marathon will be held in honor of veterans, according to the release.
"It's being held on Veterans Day weekend. We give a race discount to members of the military. We will have veterans and military families on the course to help inspire runners when the going gets tough, and we hope to raise enough donations for Badger Honor Flight to fly more people that served our country to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials," said Rita Kelliher, persident of Madison Festivals Inc. "We hope the entire community will come out to salute the veterans and the runners."
The first Madison Marathon was held in 1994, and the half-marathon was added in 1996, according to the release.
Kelliher said she believes the race is known for its beautiful location and scenery, variety of neighborhoods, the post-party, quality tech shirts and medals, and friendly volunteers and residents who line the course to hand out water and cheer for runners.
"This is the first time MFI has offered a fall half marathon," said Kelliher. "When we moved the Madison marathon from May to November this year, we were able to add it."
The half-marathon route goes through Maple Bluff and area parks, and along Lake Mendota and Williamson Street, Kelliher said. The spring half-marathon course goes through the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, UW campus, Vilas Zoo and the lakes west of the Capitol Square.
Kelliher said an important part of the race's success is the team training programs led by area running stores and fitness facilities. The 13-week programs help participants get into shape leading up to the race.
"I felt that was really something we had an obligation to do. We needed to offer training as outreach and to show people that anyone is capable of doing a half-marathon," said David Mixelsperger, of Berkeley Running Store.
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