Mark your calendars for the 43rd Annual Freeze for Food!
Saturday, March 2, 2024
2023 RACE RESULTS FROM ItsRaceTime ARE AVAILABLE BELOW
Ready to do something proactive about immigration due to conflict or climate change? Join the Freeze for Food 5K/10K, sponsored by the RPCVs of Wisconsin-Madison. We raise funds to support food security programs of Madison's Open Doors for Refugees, a nonprofit organization dedicated to welcoming refugees to the Madison area and supporting their resettlement.
SUPPORT MADISON'S REFUGEES
The Afghan refugees who recently fled their country for the safety of the U.S. have now been resettled in towns and cities across the country. As of spring 2022, more than 37 individuals have arrived in Madison with more to follow. They joined the ranks of many other refugees here, mostly coming from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other African countries, or from Syria and Iraq over the several years before that. As millions flee their war-torn country. the first Ukrainian families are settling in the area. When they arrive in Madison, one difficult journey ends, but another begins. Parents need to make a living while whole families struggle to learn a new language and new customs. Most household heads hold low-paying jobs as front line workers. In their first years, families often struggle to buy food and pay rent and other bills. All miss family members left behind and worry about their ongoing dangers.
Your registration fee and donations help over 100 families feel more welcome and supported in a new city. Be part of Madison's safety net while you run or walk and enjoy Wisconsin's beautiful outdoors. Feel confident knowing that all proceeds from Freeze for Food will be used for food security and relief efforts for incoming families.
SUPPORT FOOD SECURITY WITH A FOOD BANK DONATION
In addition to the exciting race, we'll also be hosting a food drive for the Goodman Community Center Fritz Food Pantry. On race day, kindly bring your non-perishable food donations to the Vilas Park Shelter, where we'll have collection bins ready to receive your generous contributions. Our runners have consistently demonstrated their commitment to food security initiatives, and we sincerely appreciate your unwavering support..
Our race is never canceled due to weather or pandemic. Participants can choose to run/walk in person on March 2nd at Vilas Park along Lake Wingra or choose the virtual option and run/walk at their preferred location anywhere in the world. Due to the generosity of our sponsors, your donation will be a 100% pass-through to Open Doors for Refugees. This year the Donate button will have a funds thermometer that shows our goal to exceed our 2023 all-time high in race donations and registrations by 18%.
Register online with RunSignUp anytime until raceday on March 2nd, no later than 11:30am. Late arrivals may not be able to register.
We are again offering a special group discount if you sign up for three people at a time.
(In Person or Virtual)
Per Runner | 5K OR 10K
Per Runner | 5K AND 10K
Group of 3
|Student age 18-24
|Student age 6-17
|Kids <6 years run free (w/adult)
AGE AND GENDER CATEGORIES: Male, Female and Non-Binary categories 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
WHAT'S IN THE BAG? In the spirit of going green, we do not offer a race bag. We hope you consider your participation in an event on a chilly day for a great cause your most valued award!
Your racer bib will be available in advance on Friday, March 1st at Movin' Shoes, 528 S. Park St., Madison WI from 2pm to 5:30pm, or on race day at Vilas Park. All registrants may pickup 2024 International Calendar and other sponsor information at Movin' Shoes on Friday, or Vilas Park on raceday.
VIRTUAL RACE OPTION: If you opt to do a virtual run and are not In the Madison area, we will mail the calendar to you upon request. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RACE RESULTS: The in-person race is chip-timed by ItsRaceTime and race results are immediately provided as you cross the finish line.
Virtual racers must self-report their distance and time (link TBD) by end of day on Sunday, March 3, 2024 so we can close the race results and send a final report. We hope you consider your participation in an event on a chilly day for a great cause your most valued award!
THE IN-PERSON RACE ROUTE DETAILS
WHERE DO I PARK?
- You should see the race Start/Finish canopies in front of the ice skating rink and warming house.
- You can ONLY approach from the east (behind St. Mary's Hospital), as the west side of Vilas Park Drive is blocked off while the City continues to consider new landscaping plans.
- You may drive from the east along Vilas Park Drive, all the way to the parking lot at the warming house, but parking there is limited. Be sure to arrive in plenty of time to find parking in one of the pocket spots or in the surrounding neighborhood, then walk to the shelter, check in, and ready yourself for the race start time.
- Parking is limited to 2 hours along Vilas Park Drive, but we will have City of Madison permission slips to park for 3 hours. This should be plenty of time, even for a 5K and 10K combined race...unless you run the 5K and walk the 10K! (Volunteers will have extra hours of permission.)
BETTER YET - BUS, BIKE OR WALK TO THE RACE!
WHERE IS THE RACE?
Both races (5K and 10K) start and end at the Vilas Park Shelter, 1602 Vilas Park Dr., Madison, WI 53715
5K Race Start time: 12 p.m. CST sharp
10K Race Start time: 1 p.m. CST sharp
The 5K race is held in the scenic Vilas Park roads and sidewalks and other nearby roads at the northern part of Lake Wingra.
The 10K race circles Lake Wingra, passing through the Arboretum.
Download and print a copy of enhanced maps here. There will also be one in your registration bag.
We rely on many volunteers, like Tamara England, Joy Amessoudji and Amy Amessoudji, pictured here in 2018.
If you can help with the many tasks to make this a success, send an email to freeze [at] rpcvmadison.org.
Generous support by our sponsors (2023 sponsors below) means that 100% of registration fees goes to Open Doors for Refugees. If you'd like to be a sponsor in 2024 and see your name on this list, send an email to freeze (AT) rpcvmadison.org.
Fleet Feet ($500+)
Swift Feet ($300+)
Happy Feet ($200+)
Friendly Feet ($100+)
- Karl's Family Dental
- Monroe Street Family Dental
- State Farm Insurance
- Still I Run
- United Nations Association of Dane County
- Anonymous x many
Your donation in any amount is a 100% pass through to Open Doors for Refugees.