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Fitchburg Festival of Speed: A Weekend Guide

Summer fun will be in full motion July 10th at the Fitchburg Festival of Speed, a family-friendly event in the heart of Fitchburg. The festival includes fun activities for spectators and participants alike, including bike and running races, live music, food carts and local beer, and FIREWORKS! Here’s a rundown on some of the weekend’s highlights and what you can explore and enjoy while you’re in town.

Festival of Speed Runners

Arrive in Fitchburg, check into one of the community’s comfortable hotels and check out the dining scene. Relax and fuel up—you’ve got a full weekend ahead!


Pump up your bike tires! The Fitchburg Family Pharmacy 25-Mile Ride gets the weekend rolling at 7:30am. The ride starts and finishes at Agora Pavilion, and the course takes riders through some beautiful countryside south of Fitchburg. Register for the ride here.

If you’d rather get moving on your feet, sign up for the Donor Dash 5K, a run/walk that starts at 8am at Agora Pavilion. The course takes participants into the scenic Capital Springs State Recreation Area before returning to Agora Pavilion. Register for the Donor Dash here.

Small feet also have a chance to run fast in Fitchburg. A Kids’ Fun Run takes place at 2:40pm for racers age 9 and under. Get registration details here.

Grab a spot by the fence and prepare to see some fast riders: this year’s Festival of Speed is also home to the Wisconsin Cycling Association Wisconsin State Championships, and throughout the day, experienced riders will battle for cash prizes as they reach speeds upwards of 30 miles per hour on a closed-loop course near the Agora Pavilion. The first riders start at 10:30am, and the last race will finish at 8:15pm. If you’re an experienced racer interested in signing up, you can register for the championships here.

Live music kicks off at 5:00pm with The Mascot Theory and Frank Martin Busch and the Names! Both performances are free and all ages are welcome. Stick around for the FIREWORKS SHOW at 9:00pm!

Festival of Speed Bikers
Biking Group at Dawley

Fitchburg is a biking paradise, with trails and routes that connect to nearby Madison while also taking riders into the beautiful surrounding countryside. A classic Sunday ride that’s the perfect way to end a weekend at the Festival of Speed is a trip on the Capital City State Trail, a 17-mile paved recreational route that connects to the Military Ridge State Trail and the Badger State Trail. Start by riding the stretch that travels through the Capital Springs State Recreation Area—you’ll likely encounter plenty of friendly bikers, walkers and runners enjoying this route.

See a map of the Capital City State Trail here.

Finish your ride where the Capital City State Trail hits Fish Hatchery Road. Near the crossing, you’ll find restaurants like Liliana’s Restaurant, Mod Pizza and Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. Fitchburg. Park your bike and enjoy a great meal—after a weekend of speed, these restaurants are the perfect spots to slow down.

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