Event Details

Karl Harter’s Full Moon 5K, presented by Movin’ Shoes, will take place on Thursday August 15, 2024. Headlamps and flashing lights are strongly encouraged, as the run will take place on the night of a full moon.

Registration this year will be ONLINE ONLY (no day-of or in-person registration).

Online registration will close Tuesday, August 13th at 11:59 PM

Cost is just $25! Registration is limited to just 500 runners and typically fills fast, so make sure you sign up early and get a spot. Also please try to register before July 25th to help guarantee you receive the correct shirt size.


Thursday Aug 15th, 2024

  • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Packet pick-up at Movin’ Shoes
  • 6:00pm – Neighborhood pre-race party beginning at 6pm at Bernie’s Beach hosted by JJdDJ!
  • 7:00 pm – Packet pickup starts @ Olin Park Shelter
  • 8:10 pm – On-site Kids’ Race Registration ends ($1 each, kids will receive a “prize pack”, but no race shirt)
  • 8:15 pm – Kids’ Run (approx. 400 yards)
  • 8:30 pm – Packet-pick up ends and runners should begin walking to Bernie’s Beach from the Olin Park Shelter for the race start
  • 8:40pm – Last person should begin walking to the start at Bernie’s Beach
  • 9:00pm – 5K race start
  • 9:30 – 10:00pm – post-race refreshments, awards, and raffle prize giveaway!

Kids’ Race Start is at 8:15 at the Olin Park Pavilion

5K Race Start is at 9:00pm at Bernie’s Beach**

**The 5k race ends at Olin Park, but starts at Bernie’s Beach. If you are unfamiliar with the area we have volunteers who will lead runners to the starting line. You will need to begin walking over to Bernie’s Beach from the Olin Park Shelter no later than 8:45pm in order to be at the start line in time.  Use caution when crossing John Nolen Dr.!

The Full Moon Run course is a 5K loop around Monona Bay. It begins at Bernie’s Beach heading west on Shore Dr., follows around Bay to Brittingham Park bike path which runs all the way to John Nolen Dr., crosses John Nolen at the lights and then takes the Nolen bike path South (right) back to Olin park for the finish.

With up to 500 runners at this race, it’s important everyone knows where to park! Please use one of the following 8 locations when you arrive.

1) Lower Commuter Lot Enter from south on John Nolen Dr. at E Olin Ave or from Olin (will fill fast 40 cars)
2) Main Lot Entry off E.Lakeside – DO NOT PARK IN THE BOAT STALLS – the spaces in the center of the lot are reserved for boats/trailers only, car stalls are located on the perimeter furthest from the boat launch.  Cars have been ticketed in the past for parking in the incorrect spots.
3) Olin/Turville Ct. (Street Parking)
4) Olin Turville Ct Across E.Lakeside
5) Sayle Street (The street the VFW is on) – Turn off E. Lakeside at VFW
6) Van Deusen Street(Sayle and Van Deusen connect at the corner
7) Wingra Parkway(Olin Avenue look for Wingra Creek bridge.
8) Goodman Pool Parking Lot (Olin Avenue) .
9) E. Lakeside St, all the way down to the cul de sac by the footbridge over Wingra Creek

Wolf Pack Award

It’s not about how fast you run, or how slow. In our community, it’s about running as a pack. We get out there. We throw down. And we do it together. Our pack is made up of all sorts of runners, and they all support one another. To celebrate our core runners, we will offer the Wolf Pack Award to the male, female, and non-binary division participants who finish in the exact middle of the results. There is no way to train for this, no algorithm, and no “secret sauce.”

Overall and Age Groups
  • Age Group Awards (by 10 year increments)
    • *Awards will be given for the following:
    • 1st female, 1st male, and 1st non-binary (3 total)
    • 1st place age group finishers (female, male, and non-binary divisions, 8 awards in each division, 24 awards total)
      • age groups: 12 & under | 13–19 | 20–29 | 30–39 | 40–49 | 50–59 | 60–69 | 70+
  • In accordance with WIAA regulations, high school athletes are ineligible for awards.

The Full Moon Run is looking for volunteers to help out with the race, including the kids’ race!

The time commitment is from 6:15pm until the shelter and race area are cleaned up, usually around 10pm.

If interested, please call 608-251-0125, or send us a message on the Contact page.

100% of the proceeds from Karl Harter’s Full Moon 5k presented by Movin’ Shoes will benefit charity

Proceeds will benefit Karl Harter Head and Neck Cancer Scholarship at UW Madison. The scholarship provides pilot research funds and support to students and fellows engaged in head and neck cancer research at the University of Wisconsin.

Proceeds will also benefit children at Lincoln Elementary School in Madison, WI. For many years, Movin’ Shoes has worked with various schools and local running programs to help children in need and promote the sport. Lincoln Elementary School in Madison, WI serves 400 students in grades pre-kindergarten through grade 5.  It is comprised of a staff who serve a diverse student community. Students receive instruction in English and/or Spanish Dual Language Immersion settings. Lincoln staff attend to the whole child through a core content areas supported by the arts, PE, technology, and enrichment clubs. Teachers facilitate the learning of social-emotional skills through formal instruction in both Second Step and PBS (pause/breathe/smile). Lincoln collaborates with families as partners and has established relationships with the University of Wisconsin, School of Education and Center for Healthy Minds, St. Mary’s/Dean, Employee Trust Funds, Movin’ Shoes, and Findorf. Find more information by clicking here.

The Full Moon Kids’ Run is approximately 400 yards and will take place around the Olin Park Shelter.  Cost is just $1 each, and registration begins on race day at 7:00pm at the Shelter.  Each child will receive a special prize pack  that will contain various goodies.  Registration will close at 8:10pm, and the run will begin promptly at 8:15pm when it is still light out.

We will have plenty of staff and volunteers to help the parents and children make their way around the shelter.  To make it fun, and keep with the Full Moon theme, one of our staff will be dressed up as a friendly wolf who will also participate.

We hope to see you out there!   Ahhhh-oooooohh!  ?

As runners and walkers, it is important to foster a rich, historical appreciation for the land on which we recreate. This includes understanding the unjust way in which land was taken from Indigenous people in America. Before participating in the Full Moon 5K, please take the time to understand and learn about the land on which we run or walk. We acknowledge that we are racing on the traditional land of Kickapoo, Peoria, Oh-Chey-tee shah-koh-ween, Myaami, Ho chunk, Wazidja, Sauk, and Meskwaki. Find out more about the Native Lands that you run on wherever you go here: https://native-land.ca/.