Join us for the Frozen Assets 5K, America’s only 5K on a frozen lake!REGISTER TODAY
RegistrationYour registration to the Frozen Assets 5K includes admission to the race with optional chip timing. Online registration closes Wednesday, January 20th. The registration pricing schedule is below: November 1 $35 :: Early bird December 31 $40 :: Regular price February 2 $45 :: Same day Best of all, your registration supports work to protect and improve water quality in our lakes!
DivisionsThe event is chip-timed for runners, sign up for the walk pass for an untimed event. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers.
Terms & Conditions of EntryBy registering for this event, you agree to the Frozen Assets 5K Terms & Conditions of Entry. All entrants must read and agree to this declaration.
WeatherRace organizers reserve the right to alter the course due to factors including, but not limited to, ice conditions and weather. If conditions are deemed unsafe, the event may be cancelled or moved to an alternate location. Participants will be notified of any changes ahead of the event.
FAQsIs there parking available? Event parking will be available at The Edgewater for $5. Participants may also find street parking or use other City of Madison parking ramps. What is the course? The course is a loop on Lake Mendota to Picnic Point and back. When can I check-in or pick up my bag? Participant check-in and registration the day of the event will begin at 9 a.m. An optional bag pickup will be held on Thursday, Jaunary 31st from 4-8 p.m. What happens if ice conditions are unsafe? Clean Lakes Alliance will make every effort to hold this event, while keeping safety in mind for all competitors. If conditions are deemed unsafe, the event may be cancelled or moved to an alternate location, with entrance fees being considered a tax-deductible donation to support our lakes.Participants will be notified of any changes ahead of the event. What is the refund policy? Registrations are transferrable and non-refundable. Thank you in advance for your donation to support our lakes!
Clean Lakes Alliance’s Frozen Assets Festival is ON!
Lake Mendota ice activities moved on land February 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
Madison’s favorite winter festival is moving forward with a full slate of activities scheduled for the first weekend of February at The Edgewater. Warm temperatures and a virtually snowless winter have left Lake Mendota’s ice cover in question for the February Frozen Assets Festival, presented by Lands’ End. But even if the ice is off, the FESTIVAL IS ON!
“Our number one goal every year is safety,” said Clean Lakes Alliance Executive Director James Tye. “We of course always want to be able to use Lake Mendota – our largest ‘frozen asset’ – for our festival, but we have a great partnership with The Edgewater allowing us to hold events even if a changing climate takes away our ice.”
Five FUN ways to support our lakes this winter!At Clean Lakes Alliance, we work for our lakes all year long. Keep reading to learn five great ways YOU can get involved with the watershed this winter and support cleaner, healthier lakes!
It’s Official – ICE ON for Lake Mendota!
Ice on date beats median freeze date by five daysDespite warm weather in Madison over the weekend, cool nights, light winds, and cold water helped Lake Mendota officially freeze on Saturday, December 15th. Lake Mendota, the largest lake in the Yahara Watershed, froze eight days after the smallest lake in the watershed, Lake Wingra, which officially froze on December 7th. Lake Monona officially froze on December 11th. The Wisconsin State Climatology Office requires ice to hold for a period of 24 hours before a lake can officially be declared frozen over. After ice took shape this weekend, staff waited to see whether it would hold out through the warm daytime temperatures. The December 15th freeze date is 12 days ahead of last year’s December 27th freeze date, and a surprising five days ahead of the December 20th median freeze date. The latest freeze date for Lake Mendota was January 30th – which happened in the winter of 1932. The Wisconsin State Climatology Office makes the official determination as to whether the lake is frozen. The climatologists use the same guidelines they have used for decades to determine whether the lakes are iced over. This allows for a continuity in data collection. Read more: Determining ice cover on Madison’s lakes.
America’s only 5K on a frozen lakeJoin Clean Lakes Alliance for our Frozen Assets 5K, America’s only run entirely on a frozen lake! Take a break from the hilly pavement and bring your stride to the ice. In this 5K race, participants will run or walk across the ice on iconic Lake Mendota for beautiful views of downtown Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The course will start and end at The Edgewater. Medals will be awarded to our top finishers. Best of all, your registration supports work to protect and improve water quality in our lakes! Online registration ends Wednesday, January 31st. Walk-ups welcome! Register at the start line at 9 a.m. the day of the race. Click here to register Contact Clean Lakes Alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-255- 1000 if your organization would like to get involved by becoming a sponsor. Learn more about the Frozen Assets Festival: cleanlakesalliance.org/frozen-assets
Meet us on Lake Mendota for the Frozen Assets FestivalEvery year, the Frozen Assets Festival highlights the status of our lakes as one of our community’s biggest assets. This event has raised more than half a million dollars for our lakes since 2012! You’re invited to our fourth annual family-friendly outdoor winter festival at The Edgewater and on frozen Lake Mendota. Join us for FREE activities all weekend long, including ice skating, sleigh rides, pond hockey, snowshoeing, ice science, figure and speed skating demos. Warm up with complimentary s’mores and hot cocoa! Contact Clean Lakes Alliance at email@example.com or 608-255- 1000 if your organization would like to get involved by hosting an activity or becoming a sponsor. Learn more: cleanlakesalliance.org/frozen-assets
Join Clean Lakes Alliance for our first annual snowshoe run on Madison’s iconic Lake Mendota! Registration supports our efforts to protect and improve water quality in our local lakes, rivers and wetlands. To sign up, visit the green ticket link below.
Photo via Gianina Lindsey, Flickr.
Join Clean Lakes Alliance for our first annual amateur ice fishing derby on Madison’s iconic Lake Mendota! Registration supports our efforts to protect and improve water quality in our local lakes, rivers and wetlands. To sign up, visit the green ticket link below.
Photo via UW-Madison Center for Limnology.
Join Clean Lakes Alliance for our first annual fat tire bike race on Madison’s iconic Lake Mendota! Registration supports our efforts to protect and improve water quality in our local lakes, rivers and wetlands. To sign up, visit the green ticket link below.
Photo via Joshua Duggan, Flickr.