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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.

Mallards Now Selling Local Foods

Mallards Now Selling Local Foods

Warner Park, home of the Madison Mallards, is no stranger to Wisconsin-themed food. On game days, fans can grab everything  from cheese curds to hand-scooped ice cream, and wash it all down with an icy local brew.

But the ballpark will soon be including even more locally sourced foods. Wednesday’s Opening Day game against the Battle Creek Bombers will introduce The Farmer’s Market Sandwich Stand, which boasts the slogan, “100% Local. 100% Ballpark.”

"We challenge ourselves each year to bring something new to the park and we felt like one of the things everyone in Madison connects with in the summer is the farmers' markets," said Director of Food and Beverage, Brian Sather.

Brat Fest 2012 - The World’s Largest Brat Festival Starts this Friday!

Brat Fest 2012 - The World’s Largest Brat Festival Starts this Friday!

Nothing like kicking off your long weekend with a grilled brat for breakfast!

Fans of Madison’s World’s Largest Brat Fest can begin “cele-BRAT-ting” at 6 a.m. on Friday, when “Take Your Brat to Work Day” begins at Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center.

Many Madison business offices gather orders from employees early in the week and designate a “Brat Runner” to swing by Willow Island on their way into work.

Last year, nearly 15,500 brats were sold between 6am and 9 a.m. at the Take Your Brat to Work Day “drive-through” at Willow Island.

“We look forward to the Friday before Memorial Day weekend every year so we can eat brats at the office at 8am — it’s fun!” said Sharon Zelanka of Hammes Sports Development. ”It’s our breakfast, lunch and snack, too!”

Public hearing to be held on biking, walking plans, projects

Public hearing to be held on biking, walking plans, projects

The city's plan to improve and increase biking and walking opportunities will be discussed at an upcoming Madison Pedestrian/Bicycle/Motor Vehicle Commission public hearing.

The meeting is designed to gather comments on potential pedestrian and bicycle projects the city should consider undertaking in the 2013-2015 Capital Budget.

The intent of the public hearing is to hear suggestions for new projects.

Please note that concerns about routine maintenance and operational issues can be directed to the appropriate agency or the city’s Report-a-Problem website www.cityofmadison.com/reportaproblem.

The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, in Room 260 of the Madison Municipal Building at 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.