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Watch (or avoid) this weekend’s Ironman events in Madison

The Ironman is returning to Madison this weekend. Check out where athletes will be swimming, biking, and running on the isthmus and its surrounding areas.

Person crossing finish line at IRONMAN Wisconsin in front of state Capitol

How would you fare after hours of exercising around Madison? | Photo by Madison WI Sports

This weekend, athletes from all over the country will be visiting Madison to take part in the Ironman races. The 70.3-mile half triathlon will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9 while the full 140.6-mile Ironman will be on Sunday, Sept. 10 — both will start at 7 a.m.

Whether you want to get a glimpse of the action or avoid the area, here’s an overview of where the Ironman events will be:


Law Park Beach, 410 S. Blair St.

Half | 1.2 miles | One lap
Athletes will start and finish from the boat launch.

Full | 2.4 miles | Two laps
Same as the half course, but athletes will swim two laps.

Watch | Get an unobstructed view from the Monona Terrace or the Capitol City Trail along the shore at the park.

Boats surround swimmers in Lake Monona in the early morning light.

Participants embarking on the 2.4mi swim course on Lake Monona. | Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Photo via Wikimedia Commons


Starts and ends at Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Dr.

Half | 56 miles | One loop
The course runs south past Lake Waubesa, turns north from County Road D onto Remy Road, and will cut eastward back towards the Monona Terrace via Whalen Road.

Full | 112 miles | Two loops
Bikers will travel down John Nolen Drive, through Verona towards Mt Horeb, and head east at Cross Plains to close the loop.

Watch | Organizers suggest finding a viewing spot in downtown Verona.


Starts at Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Dr., and ends on MLK Jr. Boulevard.

Half | 13.1 miles | One loop
Runners will stick to the south shore of the isthmus, and turn around at Olbrich Park to get back to the terrace.

Full | 26.2 miles | Two loops
The full course kicks off with a square loop before branching out through the northwestern part of the isthmus including Camp Randall, State Street, and Lakeshore Path. Athletes will turn around near Picnic Point

Watch | See the runners from Olin or Olbrich parks on Saturday, Sept. 10. Try scoring some outdoor seating on State Street to see the Sunday, Sept. 10 runners.

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