Lake Monona History
The first annual Lake Monona was held in 1978 and is now in its 46th annual* event (*2020 was held virtually). With this being a springtime race, the event has seen all weather conditions - from rain, to extreme heat, and even snow/sleet. It IS Wisconsin after all! In 2007 Race Day Events acquired the Lake Monona 20K and added a post-race party including live music. In 2011, a 5K distance was added. Participants have grown to nearly 3000 over the years. Additionally, the Lake Monona 20K/5K has helped many charities since its inception and since Race Day Events has acquired the event, over $75,000 has been donated back to local charities.