Springing Out of the Gym

Spring off the SERF’s “dreadmill” and onto one of the many beautiful running paths in Madison! There are endless places to run, whether it's a quick 20 minute run in between classes or running an hour away from campus (and your homework).

In a hurry?

If you are in dire need of a run but don’t have much time, look no further than state street! Midterm “szn” does fall in the spring, but that doesn’t mean that you have to skip a workout. The distance from Bascom Hill to the Capitol is about 1 mile. Start off your run at the bottom of Bascom and run up to the Capitol as a warm up. Run back to Bascom and up the hill for a quick high intensity cardio. If you can catch your breath, go for another run up the hill!

Happy medium?

Every student at UW Madison knows about the beautiful Lakeshore Path, but not all students have run on it. Lace up your running shoes and hit the Lakeshore Path! The Lakeshore Path will lead you to Picnic point, a peninsula along Lake Mendota’s southern shore. This run will clock you in around 5 miles to and from the start of the path. Now, you can check that off the Bucky bucket list!

Running for distance?

When I was training for my half marathon, I had to find paths that would allow for longer distance training. There is a beautiful path that runs along Lake Monona that continues on for miles and miles! The path between John Nolan Drive and Lake Monona goes as far as your feet can take you!


UW Madison has a great variety of paths on, and off campus. Embrace the spring weather and get lost on a run while you discover more about Madison.