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Madison named best college football town

Madison named best college football town


Madison was ranked as the best college football town according to an online poll conducted by USA Today.  Sports writers contributed to the decision, listing their favorite college football game day cities.

According to a press release, Adam Kramer from Bleacher Reporter nominated Madison as one of his favorite game day locales.  Kramer said "Bloody Mary's, cheese curds and a sea of red" were all a part of the Madison experience.

More than 50,000 votes were cast and Madison beat out other football favorites such as Austin, TX and Gainesville, FL.

The Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau played a role in the win, mobilizing supporters to vote for Wisconsin's capitol city.

USA Today reporter Laura Bly will visit Madison for the Oct. 6 home game against Illinois, said a press release.  Bly will write a feature story about Madison for the Oct. 12 edition of USA Today.

Badger Bash celebrates football opener

Badger Bash celebrates football opener


Badger Bash will kick off its 40th season Saturday before the 2:30 p.m. football game.

The public tailgating party begins at 11 a.m. on Sept. 1 at Union South, located at the corner of Dayton Street and Randall Street.

Each Badger Bash features special events and activities, said a press release.  The first bash features Alumni Band Day and includes an Alumni Band performance, announcements about the UW Marching Band Hall of Fame, and a historical band exhibit.

Mike Leckrone and the UW Marching Band will perform.  Bucky Badger will be on-site, as well as grilled food and cold beverages.

Face and hair painting will be available at The Orchard in Union South.  In The Sett, the pre-game show will be broadcast.

After the game, the UW sixth quarter will begin back at Union South.  Food, music and movies will be available throughout the afternoon and evening.

Monona Terrace hosts free T'ai Chi

Monona Terrace hosts free T'ai Chi

T'ai Chi classes will be offered at Monona Terrace beginning in September.

Monona Terrace and Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin will offer the course, which is said to enhance energy and sharpen focus according to a press release.  T'ai Chi includes gentle martial art movements and relaxation.

This free course will be offered on the Monona rooftop.  The 45-minute sessions begin on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 12 p.m.  Instruction will be provided by Terri Pellitteri.  The rain date is Thursday, Sept. 6.

The first 100 people who attend the event will receive a free smoothie in a take home tumbler, courtest of Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin.

Future courses will take place at no charge on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12 p.m. on the Monona Terrace rooftop.  The courses will end on September 27.

In the case of inclement weather, class will be cancelled.  All levels of experience are welcome. 

Madison Mini Marathon & 5K will cause street closures


The fourth annual Madison Mini Marathon & 5K presented by Meriter and Physicians Plus is set for Saturday, Aug. 18, and some roads will be closed for the event.

The half marathon and 5K start at 7 a.m. and the Kids' Run starts at approximately 10 a.m. at the University of Wisconsin Memorial Union at 800 Langdon St.

The scenic course includes all of Madison's Landmarks: Capitol Square, the Dane County Farmer's Market, State Street, Camp Randall Stadium, Kohl Center, the Arboretum, Picnic Point and the University of Wisconsin Campus.

Below is a detailed list of closures for Saturday, Aug. 18.

Summary of Closures:

Madison beaches opening for hot weekend

The heat and sunshine are causing Madison beaches to have some pre-season open hours this weekend.

Regional beaches

  • BB Clarke Beach, 835 Spaight St.
  • Olbrich Park Beach, 3527 Atwood Ave
  • Tenney Park Beach, 1414 E. Johnson St.
  • Vilas Park Beach, 702 S. Randall St.

Neighborhood beaches

Hoofer Extravaganza to be held at Memorial Union Lakefront

Hoofer Extravaganza to be held at Memorial Union Lakefront

The Hoofer Extravaganza will be held on Friday, June 8 from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Memorial Union Lakefront at 800 Langdon St.

Folks interested in learning more about all Hoofer outdoor clubs have to offer, should stop by the Hoofer Extravaganza.

Activities include:

  • canoe and kayak lessons;
  • horseshoe toss;
  • mounted police demonstration;
  • rock climbing wall;
  • sailboat rides;
  • SCUBA display;
  • Hoofers merchandise garage sale;
  • music from the Wisconsin Union Directorate Music Committee, 5 to 7 p.m.

Also visitors will be able to obtain information and sign up for all six Hoofer clubs at the event—SCUBA, Riding, Sailing, Ski & Snowboard, Mountaineering and Outing.

The free event is open to the public.

Camp Randall Rowing Club sends two boats to national championships

Camp Randall Rowing Club sends two boats to national championships

The Camp Randall Rowing Club is sending two teams to the Junior National Championship Regatta in Oak Ridge, Tenn. on June 7-10.

The local teens earned the trip to nationals after an impressive performance at the Midwest Regional Rowing Championships in Cincinnati two weeks ago. 

CRRC will compete for the national title in two categories: four person boy’s race and four person girl’s race (plus a coxswain for each), where they will compete against more than 1,500 rowers from across the nation.

The Camp Randall Rowing Club draws more than 85 athletes from eight area high schools and competes in regattas throughout the Midwest. 

The club is based at the historic Brittingham Boathouse on Lake Monona and was started in 2002.