Madison Marathon moving to November

Half-marathon will still be held over Memorial Day weekend
Madison Marathon moving to November

The full Madison Marathon is moving to November in 2013.

In the past, hot weather has plagued the Madison Marathon in May. Organizers have twice called it off mid-race, and they cancelled the full marathon this year.

So, some suggested moving the marathon from spring to fall.

Late Wednesday, Madison Festivals Inc. board members unanimously agreed to move the marathon to Nov. 10, 2013.

Some runners said they were happy with the new race date. Runner Renee Ross was training Wednesday for Madison’s next marathon.

“You get into a meditative state when you’re on the long runs,” Ross said.

“It will be tied in with Veteran’s Day each year,” said event director Keith Peterson, who said 10 board members voted unanimously to make the change after heat spoiled the race most recently in 2006, 2010 and 2012.


This year’s heat index hit 69 degrees, one degree higher than doctors recommend at start time.

“As far as we can find, we are the first race in the country to cancel prior to race day due to projected temperatures,” Peterson said.

Moving the marathon to another month makes a difference for some runners.

“I think it’s much better to have it when it’s a little cooler out, later in the year, and it’s easier to train throughout the later summer months rather than the winter,” Ross said.

Organizers said they aren’t worried about any snow ruining the marathon in November. They said that historically temperatures are in the 40s with trace amounts of snow.

Beside a new race date, organizers are adding a second half-marathon for Nov. 10, 2013.

The original half-marathon will still be held in May, over Memorial Day weekend.