Degree Dash 2019

Get your semester off to a fast start! Join fellow graduate students, faculty and staff for the 4th Annual Degree Dash hosted by the Graduate School at UW–Madison.

You will meet new people, tour campus, come away with a free giveaways, and gather information that will help you to start your semester off quickly. And the best part is, whether you come in first or last place, you’ll get a diploma at the finish line.

All are encouraged to participate in this free event – new and current graduate students, faculty, staff and family members.

Set your goal for 5.41 miles for the Doctoral Derby (no, you don’t have to be in a PhD program to participate), or for 1.94 miles for the Master’s Mile (for those who need to “graduate” early).  Race distances are based on approximate average time to degree.

Both routes start and end on Library Mall (located just west of Memorial Library), follow portions of the Lakeshore Path and nearby streets, and are wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Steps required to participate

1. Register online and submit an e-waiver.

Click here to get started.  Registration opens July 8 and closes at 3pm on August 29. All racers must submit an e-waiver to participate. The e-waiver and instructions will be prompted during the registration process. All racers must register separately. If you are bringing non-UW–Madison guests, including children in strollers, please register them for the race as well.

Current graduate students, faculty, and staff: Use the NetID option when registering.  New graduate students:  Your NetID login will not in work in the registration system yet since you have not started classes. Please create a local login on our Login page using the Sign Up button. This will prompt you to create a username and password that will then allow you to register for the race.

If you have questions or concerns, please email Alissa Ewer,  On the day of the race, volunteers at the check-in table on Library Mall will be able to answer any questions as well.

2. Check in, in person, to receive your bib.

Please bring your campus ID or other photo ID (except children).  There are two options:

  • Early check-in (highly recommended): Avoid the lines on race day! Early check-in will take place 10am – 3pm, Monday, August 26 – Thursday, August 29, at the Graduate School, Room 217 Bascom Hall.
  • Race day check-in: Opens Friday, August 30 at 7:15am under the tent on Library Mall. If you choose this option, you must complete check-in 15 minutes prior to the start of your race.

Please note that you must register at least one day prior to checking in.  You cannot register and pick up your bib on the same day.