Spring Sprint for the Arboretum fundraiser – April 17

No foolin’ – runners should register for the first annual Spring Sprint in the University of Wisconsin-Arboretum by April 2. The Spring Sprint run will be 5K (or about 3 miles ) on Arboretum Drive, which goes through the Arboretum on Madison’s near west side, on Saturday, April 17. Although runners can register before and up until the event, if they register by April 2 they will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt.

The cost to register and participate is $20 for Friends of the Arboretum members, $25 for non-members, $10 for youth age 13 to 17, and free for children 12 and under (though they will not receive a T-shirt). Runners may register for the Sprint and join the Friends of the Arboretum for $55.

The event, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Arboretum Visitor Center, will be held regardless of the weather.

Family members and non-runners can participate in a 1-mile trail walk with Arboretum naturalists for the same fees. This walk will go on walking trails through the prairie and feature stations staffed by trained naturalists. Children are encouraged to participate.

The Sprint is a GREEN event, as it kicks off Earth Week by featuring:

  • Online paperless registration
  • Encouraging alternative transportation
  • Printing brochures and posters on 100% recycled paper
  • Serving water from large containers rather than individual plastic water bottles and locally baked fresh granola bars
  • Natural resources educational opportunities with Arboretum naturalists

Awards will be presented at a ceremony immediately following the event to the winner of the 5K race, plus winners in the following categories: Age 70 and above; Age 60 – 69; Age 50 – 59; Age 40 – 49; Age 30 – 39; Age 19 – 29; Age 14 – 18, and Age 13 and below.

Participants, their friends and observers are encouraged to find alternative transportation to the Arboretum that day. A bike corral will be available for bike parking. A free shuttle trolley will run from the Arboretum Mills Street entrance to the Arboretum Visitor Center from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., ending just prior to the 10 a.m. beginning of the Sprint. Madison Metro buses that run in the vicinity of the UW-Madison Arboretum on Saturday mornings include Routes 4 and 18.

Parking at the Arboretum Visitor Center parking lot is by permit only on the morning of the run. Parking permits are $5 and must be ordered in advance on the run web site:

The road into the Arboretum from Mills Street will be closed the morning of the Sprint, but will be used by the trolley to transport people to the visitor center. The road into the Arboretum from Seminole Highway will be open, but closed 15 minutes before the Sprint begins. Parking is available on streets in nearby neighborhoods.

Registrants may pick up packets in the Arboretum Visitor Center on Friday, April 16 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Packets may also be picked up at the Visitor Center the day of the race beginning at 8:45 a.m.

The deadline to register and receive a free long-sleeve T-shirt is Friday, April 2 – and that’s no foolin’.

The Friends of the Arboretum is a support group committed to the principles of ecological restoration. It helps raise funds and interest for Arboretum programs, assisting the Arboretum to fulfill its mission.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum was founded in 1934 to advance restoration ecology, foster the land ethic, and facilitate teaching, research and outreach efforts. Proceeds from the Spring Sprint will benefit the UW-Madison Arboretum.

The Spring Sprint for the Arb is sponsored by the Friends of the UW-Madison Arboretum, Home Savings Bank, Whole Foods Market-Madison, Future Foam, Culvers, Fleet Feet Sports, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Screen Door, Good for Business, Nature’s Bakery Cooperative, and the UW-Madison Student Emergency Medical Services Club.

For more information visit or call 608.263.7760.