Like a Thanksgiving Day Parade, Only Faster

We are excited to be celebrating the 15th year of the Berbee Derby in 2018!

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 15th Annual Berbee Derby Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk.

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

  • Race day is Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22
  • 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

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.

Even more details:

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

  • Pre-race: Free team photos compliments of American Family Insurance, CDW Warming Tents, a warm-up by Orange Shoe Gym, coffee and cocoa
  • Post-race: American Family Food Tent with complimentary snack – lots of goodies!
  • Complimentary “swag” that includes a long sleeve t-shirts and other Berbee Derby special items
  • 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

We will see you this Thanksgiving Day for the 15th Annual Berbee Derby!