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A day of Remembrance

The Balloon Lake Run is going to be a fun and attractive event. We will have an exciting start with colored fog at the beginning of the race, followed by donuts, bananas, and chocolate milk at the finish line. You can take a personal photo of yourself standing by the giant heart in the Pavilion at the end of the race to show your friends how big your heart is. Maybe you will be the lucky winner of one of our excellent prizes. We also have accessible wristbands available to wear in remembrance of loved ones we have lost to drugs or other health issues. Additionally, we offer free t-shirts, finisher medals, and a measured certified course with timing. The run will take place around the lake on a fantastic day that is expected to be neither too hot nor too cold. You will enjoy the colorful fall scenery with the sunrise on the lake. We have special prizes for winners in the half marathon and children under 17 in the four-mile race. All runners will receive a finisher medal. As a unique activity, a raffle balloon will pop from 8:30 to 11:30, symbolizing the release of our collective grief and the unity we find in remembering our loved ones. This race is more than just a run; it's a day to come together, remember, and raise funds for educational resources to teach children about the dangers of drugs.

Balloon Lake Run / Walk
Balloon Lake Run / Walk
Oct 19, 2024, 7:00 a.m.
Madison, Wisconsin, Olin Park
  • ​Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2024
  • Half Marathon Start Time: 7:10 AM
  • 4-mile Run-7:10 AM
  • 1-Mile Run-7:15 AM
  • Boston Qualifier: YES   
  • To raise funds for children's books to teach
         children  the dangers of drugs.
​​Runners Perks
  •  Running shirt and finisher medals
  • Scenic running coarse
  •  Prizes for age and first place runners​
  •  Donuts, Bananas and chocolate milk after
         race snack in the Olin Pavilion.
  • Shirt guaranteed if orders before
  • Free balloons for kids to take home.
  • Forever in our heart bracelet
  • Sunrise morning lake view
Event bag Pick-Up​​
  •  Friday 10/18/2024 4 pm-7 pm Olin Pavilion 
  • Saturday 10/19/2024 5:45- 6:50 am Olin
  • Online registration ends 10/16/2024 at
  • Registration Available at shirt pick-ups

Run registrations are not refundable for any reason. Bibs can be switched with request.

You can purchase a sign of a loved one to be put on the running route on registration... 

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Please note the following information: A free small heart image is optional with any registration, and the information you provide is also optional. The photo is best if it is 5 inches high by 6 inches long. If needed, I will resize it to fit in the heart. It will be custom-made. Please send your name, date of birth, date of death, and state. The due date is September 19th, 2024. Send to

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The shirt is complimentary upon registration. Performance shirts are available in navy blue, royal blue, red, or black. Choose your preferred color at checkout. You can also choose the navy blue shirt that matches your medal. 


Age prize-

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Win the State Championship Yearly Heart

Imagine the impact you could have on your community. Are you hungry for solutions? This heart award is just a sample, but the state with the most registrations of a state team for the Balloon Lake race will receive 1,000 donated Dangerous Drugs Children's Books for their community by mail in 2024. This heart may be small, but it carries a big reward. If you're a person who likes to gather your friends for good causes, tell them about this award you could win for your community. This award is over $1,000 in value donated to your community. 


  • Every registration must have a state team name to qualify for the count. 

  • Register individually and give your state name to be counted with your team.

  • Gather your team to collect your Trophy and take a photo!

  • Registrations must be in by September 21st, 2024. 

  • Award announcement and pick-up instructions at the beginning of the race.

  • One thousand books will be donated to your community and the surrounding community.

  • State name on the heart Trophy to take home and keep presented to the caption of the team. 

  • Collect as many as you want as long as the marathon runs yearly.


It does not matter if I have already donated books to your community. I can contribute more. Registration on only for this prize.


Registration rules and location

  • Last day to register online is Tuesday October 15th at midnight. 

  • For a guaranteed shirt you must register by September 28th, 2024. 

  • Registration option for your shirts to be mailed if ordered by September 28th, 2024.

  • Event bags can be picked up from 4pm-7pm at the Pavilion at Olin Park (October 18th, 2024)

  • Registration is open day of event Saturday October 19th from 5:00 am to 6:45 am at the Olin Pavilion

Event bag Pick up Location

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