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Clean Lakes Alliance kicks off annual Mendota Freeze Contest

On Wednesday, December 1st, 2021, Clean Lakes Alliance kicked off its 10th annual Mendota Freeze Contest. This year, Greater Madison experienced near-normal November temperatures. As of the first of the month, Lake Mendota, and the other four Greater Madison lakes, remained completely open. Despite this week’s mild temperatures, more than 165 years of data show the median freeze date for Lake Mendota is only a little under three weeks away on December 20th.

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February 8, 2020 @ 4:00 am 6:30 am

2020 Frozen Assets 5K Run/Walk

Join Clean Lakes Alliance for our 2020 Frozen Assets 5K and run or walk 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, walk, or snowshoe across the ice on iconic Lake Mendota with beautiful views of downtown Madison. The course will start and end at The Edgewater, right in the heart of the Frozen Assets Festival!

Divisions

The event will be chip-timed for runners, or sign up for the walk pass for an untimed event. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers.

Ice Access

You may access the ice down The Edgewater outdoor stairs, indoors through The Edgewater, at the end of N. Carroll Street to the west, and from James Madison Park to the east.

Terms & Conditions of Entry

By registering for this event, you agree to the Frozen Assets 5K Terms & Conditions of Entry. All entrants must read and agree to this declaration.

Frozen Assets Festival

The sixth annual Frozen Assets Festival will take place on Saturday, February 8th at The Edgewater. As always, this family-friendly daytime event will be FREE and open to all. Learn more at cleanlakesalliance.org/frozen-assets.

Weather

Race 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.

Sponsorships

If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, email our Development Director, Laura Strickland, at laura@cleanlakesalliance.org.

FAQs

Is there parking available?
Participants may park at The Edgewater parking ramp. You may also find street parking or use City of Madison parking ramps.

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. on Lake Mendota at The Edgewater.

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!

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Meet us on Lake Mendota for the Frozen Assets Festival

Every 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 info@cleanlakesalliance.org 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

Snowshoe-Running-Photo via Gianina Lindsey, Flickr

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.

Bring family and friends and let’s explore our winter lakes at the Frozen Assets Festival! Learn more.

Photo via Gianina Lindsey, Flickr.

ice-fishing-musky, Photo via UW-Madison Center for Limnology

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.

Bring family and friends and let’s explore our winter lakes at the Frozen Assets Festival! Learn more.

Photo via UW-Madison Center for Limnology.