Like a Thanksgiving Day Parade, Only Faster

The Berbee Derby celebrates its 14th year in 2017!

So before the turkey… before the pumpkin pie…before the football games….be a part of a Madison tradition! We invite you to join us for the 14th Annual Berbee Derby Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk.

The important, cut-to-the-chase facts:

  • Race day is Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23rd
  • The race starts on Cheryl Drive (off Fish Hatchery Road) in Fitchburg 
  • The Berbee Derby is truly for EVERYONE – we offer 10K and 5K options for walkers, joggers, and runners (strollers are allowed in 5k wave P)

The Berbee Derby is THE local Madison-area Thanksgiving Day Race that keeps 100% of proceeds within the community.  (Learn more about our support for the non-profit TEF!)


The Berbee Derby offers options for all ages and abilities:

  • Want to bring your family, and extended members? Wonderful! We welcome the very young (strollers are allowed on the course) and invite grandparents and great-grandparents to the challenge if they wish!  The Berbee Derby is a great way to enjoy an active, outdoor activity together over the holiday.
  • Teams are a huge hit at the Berbee Derby.  We welcome groups of co-workers, groups of friends who are creative – wear costumes! Find the sillies hats possible! We know that groups like to get together and have fun on race day. 
  • Competitive runners have their place in the Berbee Derby too. The race is professionally run by a local, well-known race company, Raceday Events. Runners can have full-race experience with our excellent course and conditions, accurate timing, and more.

There are “waves” of runners to ensure an enjoyable experience for all – competitive runners start in early waves, while families with strollers and recreational and team runners are scheduled for waves with later start times.        

Even more details:

The Berbee Derby offer a full range of amenities for its participants:

  • Pre-race: CDW Warming Tents, a warm-up by Orange Shoe Gym, and coffee
  • Post-race: American Family Food Tent with complimentary snack – lots of goodies!
  • Complimentary “swag” that includes a long sleeve t-shirts, race belt and free downloadable photos
  • An accurately measured course
  • Ample, free parking and easy accessibility to the race course
  • Reduced crowding on the course – we are able to access both North bound lanes on Fish Hatchery Road, allowing runners and walkers to experience a better start of the race
  • Free downloadable race photos by Focal Flame Photography
  • Team registration, with easy signup and payment for all the fun-loving teams who want to be a part of the Berbee Derby
  • Fun costume contest  for indvidual or groups – get creative and win a prize

We will see you this Thanksgiving Day for the 14th Annual Berbee Derby!