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Light of the Moon Homecoming 5K


If you want to be a Badger, just run along with us.

Every fall, Rec Sports teams up with the UW Homecoming Committee to host a late-night Badger-themed run/walk. Participants can run or walk along Lakeshore Path during this mid-week Homecoming celebration.

This year, proceeds will support Lighting the Way with Pink, in partnership with the Division of Student Life and Dean of Students Lori Berquam. Read more about Lori’s story here.

Upcoming Events

Join us again in Fall 2018!

Registration Fees & Details

Registration closes at 11:59 PM on Thursday, October 12. Online registration only. Required electronic waiver will not work on Firefox browsers. Please change to Chrome or Internet Explorer to register for this event.

UW-Madison Students: $15
Rec Sports Members: $20
Community/Non-Rec Sports Members: $25

*Participants must be 18 years or older and/or currently enrolled at UW-Madison.*
*All participants will receive a race t-shirt. Shirt size is not guaranteed.
**All sales are final. No refunds or transfers.**

What to bring:

  • Valid Wiscard and/or Driver’s License required to pick-up bib and shirt.
  • All participants must pick-up their own bib and shirt.

Times & Locations:

  • Wednesday, October 18th
  • 1pm-5pm at the Natatorium Aquatics Lobby
  • 6pm-7pm at the Near East Fields (in front of Dejope Residence Hall)

What to Expect


  • 5 kilometers of lakeshore beauty
  • A visit from everyone’s favorite sweater-wearing Badger
  • All-around good times captured in photos by Rec Sports photographers
  • Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes in the following categories:
    • Most Badger Spirit: Whether it’s game bibs, face paint, or your lucky jersey, go all out in your red and white! It is Homecoming Week, after all.
    • Brightest Outfit: Light up Lakeshore Path with all the neon you own. Glow sticks and other glow-in-the-dark gear will be available to runners on race day as well.
    • Lighting the Way with Pink: Wear as much pink as possible to support the cause!
    • Best Team: Get dressed up with your friends, your club, or your floor! Post your group photo to Instagram the night of the race, tag @uwrecsports, and we’ll pick the best.
    • Living Well: Anyone who attends the race is eligible to win, with or without a costume!

Race Day Information


  • Race start time is 7:30pm and race course closes at 9pm
  • Free parking in Lot 62 after 4:30pm
  • Starting line is on the Near East Fields, in front of Dejope Residence Hall
  • Participants are encouraged to wear bright neon inspired clothing for visibility, safety, and fun during the race