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Waisman Whirl Run, Walk & Roll for All Abilities 2018

October 14, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Waisman Whirl
The design for the 2018 Whirl T-shirts!

Friends of the Waisman Center

Join us for the fourth annual Waisman Whirl 10k, 5k and 1 mile Run, Walk & Roll for All Abilities. The event will start and finish at the Waisman Center, 1500 Highland Ave.

Proceeds benefit individuals and families affected by developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases.

Early Registration

Early registration ends on September 30. Registration from October 1-14 has an increased price of $5. Online registration closes on Friday, October 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Day of Event Registration

Day of event registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the run/walk/roll starts at 10:00 a.m. There will be kids’ activities in the Discovery Garden beginning at 9:00 a.m. that include face-painting and arts and crafts projects.

PACKET PICK-UP: Packets with bib numbers and t-shirts can be picked up in the main entrance of the Waisman Center on Friday, October 12 between 4:00-5:30 p.m.

$25-$35, adults; $25, students; $10, Kids Fun Run.

Register by September 30 to guarantee a t-shirt in your size.

All registrations are non-refundable. Both an online and hard copy waiver are required.
Note: Escorts for hand-pushed wheelchair or disabled participants do not have to pay entry fee but must fill out and submit waiver.

Directions: Turn North from University Avenue at the intersection of University Bay Drive and Farley Avenue; continue over the hill onto Highland Avenue. The Waisman Center is down the hill on the left. Enter parking lot by athletic fields. Click here for driving directions, map, and parking

Parking: Free parking in lots 76 & 60. Free accessible parking in lot 82. Click here for parking map and directions.

Weather: The run, walk, and roll takes place rain or shine. In case of severe weather, the race director reserves the right to cancel the event.

Be a Sponsor! Click here for more information and to download our sponsor registration form sponsor registration form.

Pledge Form: To collect donations for the Waisman Whirl, download this form. Make sure that checks are payable to the Friends of the Waisman Center and that you bring the form and contributions when you attend the Waisman Whirl.

No pets allowed. Service animals are welcome.

Need Inspiration? Here is why people Whirl with us!

  • Watch our video! 
    Channel 3000 editorial
    Editorial: Waisman Whirl for all abilities.

    See children from the Waisman Early Childhood Program prepping for Race Day!

  • Whirling the Waisman way with Team Tristan | September 20, 2018 
    Picture a crisp October morning in Madison, Wisconsin – the bright colors of fall leaves, mists over the blue waters of Lake Mendota and – on one Sunday (the 14th this year) – a crowd of excited people waiting to run, walk or roll in the 2018 Waisman Whirl for ALL Abilities!
  • There are many ways to Whirl | June 5, 2017
    10-year-old Lauren Tierney had only walked a mile a few times before. Yet here she was, on a cool October morning, at the starting line for the Waisman Whirl Run Walk & Roll for All Abilities, getting ready to tackle the mile loop.
  • Whirling the Waisman Way | October 4, 2016
    What better way to spend a crisp fall day than to go on a three mile walk with your 6, 4 and 1-year old children AND raise funds to benefit individuals and families affected by developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases?

2017 Results and Photos

2016 Results and Photos

2018 Sponsors

Whirl Sponsors

  • Working Partnerships LLC
  • Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
    Tierney, Lemon and Associates
  • Venture Investors LLC
  • UW Health – Quartz – Unity Point Health
  • Achieving Collaborative Treatment
  • Care Wisconsin
  • Filbrandt & Company
  • Berkeley Running Company
  • Willy Street Coop
  • Wisconsin Cranberries
  • Festival Foods
  • Kemps
  • Top Promotions
  • Just Coffee Co-op
  • Quench Gum
  • Yodelay
  • Bunbury and Associates Realtors


October 14, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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1500 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53705 United States
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