Named after Thomas Zimmer, a longtime Badgers supporter and former collegiate runner
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country
9002 County Road PD
Madison, WI 53593
The Thomas Zimmer Championship Course is a world-class course offering challenging
and exciting terrain for runners and elevated viewing for spectators.
Located adjacent to University Ridge Golf Course, UW's cross country course features
an exterior loop of approximately 2,500 meters and an interior loop of 1,000 meters.
Both loops cover the area's rolling hills and valleys, while the outside loop also
runs through a section of dense woods, which are aflame with color in the fall.
The course is built to accommodate race distances of 4K, 5K, 6K, 8K and 10K and
features a wide starting area designed to host major championship events.
Spectators enjoy outstanding elevated views of the entire course from a berm situated
between the starting area and finishing chute. Numerous pedestrian trails and cutouts
make it easy for spectators following the races to move freely throughout the course.
The course opened in the fall of 2009 with the inaugural Wisconsin adidas Invitational.
Now in its fifth year, the Wisconsin adidas Invitational is viewed as one of the
premier cross country events in the country.
In addition, Wisconsin hosted the 2010 Big Ten Championship, the 2012 NCAA Great
Lakes Regional and will host the 2013 NCAA Great Lakes Regional.
The Zimmer Course is named after Thomas Zimmer, a longtime Badgers supporter and
former collegiate runner at UW-River Falls. Zimmer's generous leadership gift toward
the construction of the course helped make the course possible.
Chuck LaBahn, a former UW swimmer and retired CEO of Orion Corporation in Grafton,
Wis., also made a significant gift toward the project that allowed for a full-course
The Thomas Zimmer Championship Coure is located eight miles southwest of Madison,
Wis., which is served by several major airlines and two major interstates. The course
is adjacent to University Ridge Golf Course on the northwest corner of County Road
PD and County Road M.
From Interstate 90/39: Take exit 142a onto Hwy 12/18 heading west. After
nine miles, take exit 258 (Hwy 18/151, Verona Rd.) and turn left onto Verona Road.
After two miles, turn right onto County Road PD. Take the entrance to University
Ridge, which is three miles down on the right side of the road. Upon entering the
University Ridge complex, the Zimmer Course will be on your left.
From the west side of Madison: Take Mineral Point Road west beyond the Beltline,
then turn south on M. Go right at the intersection with PD to the University Ridge
entrance. Upon entering the University Ridge complex, the Zimmer Course will be
on your left.