Degree Dash 2022

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

You will meet new people, race across our beautiful campus, and come away with a free giveaway. 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.

Event Details

Set your goal for 5.07 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. Registration closed at 3:00pm on Thursday, September 1.

2. If you have already registered, you must check in, in person, to receive your bib and t-shirt.

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

  • Early check-in: Closed at 3:00pm on Thursday, September 1.
  • Race day check-in: Opens Friday, September 2 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.