University of Wisconsin–Madison
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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.

Upcoming Events

Join us again in Fall 2018!

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