Ready, Set, Donate! Run or Walk to Raise Awareness for Organ and Tissue Donation

Capital City 5KImagine your feet hitting the pavement as sweat beads form on your brow, the crowd cheering you on, and Dottie the Donor Dot in the distance, waiting for you to cross that orange finish line.


This summer, fill your time with the runs and walks that are planned to support organ and tissue donation! UW Organ and Tissue Donation will be supporting three local run/walks that will take place this summer. Invest in our community and spread awareness about organ and tissue donation by signing up to be a participant or volunteer at any of these events.


Capital City 5K Run/Walk: July 25


The Capital City 5K Run/Walk for Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation will take place on Saturday, July 25 starting at 6:30pm, at the Capitol Square and going along the beautiful Lakeshore Path in Madison, ending with a pool party at Goodman Pool. This twilight run/walk provides the perfect outlet to enjoy a beautiful evening and stay in shape while supporting a good cause. You're invited to join Team UW Health, or form your own team to honor a recipient, donor or living donor. Register as an individual or team at


Hailey Rath Memorial 5K: August 15


On August 15, the Hailey Rath Memorial 5K and Family Music Festival will be held at The Rock Bar & Grill in Beloit, Wis. Hailey was a loving 13-year-old whose life was taken far too soon. Hailey's family found the love and strength to have her organs recovered to save the lives of patients in need. Hailey’s gifts touched the lives of 75 individuals and her heart is beating in a young lady living in Michigan. Please join Hailey's friends and family at their event to honor her memory and advocate for organ and tissue donation. For more information about how you can get involved with this event, please visit


North Central Wisconsin Donate Life (NCWDL) Ted's Trek 5K Glow Run: August 28


North Central Wisconsin Donate Life (NCWDL) has planned their first 5K glow run/walk, and is looking for your support. The first annual Ted's Trek will take place on August 28 in Weston, Wis. Ted’s Trek is in honor and remembrance of NCWDL's co-founder, Ted Gerbig, who received a single lung transplant in 2003. Ted touched many hearts with his gratitude for his ten extra years post-transplant and through his passion for spreading awareness about organ donation before passing away in 2013. Please join us for an evening full of glow sticks to celebrate the gift of life and to spread awareness about organ and tissue donation. For more information about how you can get involved with this event, please visit


These events will allow you to unite with donor families, recipients, volunteers and transplant and donation professionals, all to work towards our common goal. Reward yourself physically and mentally by signing up for these events to support organ and tissue donation!