Freeze for Food on March 2, 2024 & Volunteer Opportunities

Banner image: Freeze for Food 5K/10K Run and Walk, Saturday, March 2, 2024

Mark your calendar for the 43rd annual Freeze for Food on Saturday, March 2!

This 5K/10K run and walk is organized by the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPVC) of Wisconsin – Madison. The event welcomes not only runners, but also families, strollers, dogs on leashes, and all Wisconsinites intrepid enough to enjoy getting out on a cold winter’s day.

Generous support from community sponsors means that 100% of Freeze for Food registration fees goes to Open Doors to support food security and relief efforts for refugee families. RPCV is also hosting a food drive for the Goodman Community Center’s Fritz Food Pantry on the day of the race.

How to Participate:

  • Run or walk in person at Madison’s Vilas Park along Lake Wingra on March 2. Register online here – early bird registration ends February 19 – or sign up on the day of the race.
  • Run or walk at your preferred location anywhere in the world through the virtual participation option. Register for the virtual option here

Pre-Race Day Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Flyering: As soon as possible, we need your help posting flyers to promote Freeze for Food. If you live, work, or want to visit the following areas and are able to spare a few hours in the next few weeks, please email us at freeze (at) ! Priority areas for flyering are: State Street, Capitol Square, East Washington Ave., Willy Street, Atwood neighborhood, Sun Prairie, Fitchburg, and Waunakee. 
  • March 1st Registration Packet Pick-up: Help hand out race packets to registrants at Movin’ Shoes, 528 S. Park Street, on the Friday afternoon before the event from 2:00 – 5:30pm.

Event Day Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Corner Guards/Cheer Squad: We still have several corner guard stations available. These stations are outside and are typically along the Monroe/Manitou/Nakoma Streets corridor and also in the Arboretum. A typical shift is approximately 2.5 hours, from 11:30am – 2:00pm, depending on the location. 
  • Race Finish Line Cheer Squad: Cheer on runners as they cross the finish line, which is close to the Vilas Park ice skating rink and Vilas Park Shelter warming house. This shift is approximately 2 hours from 12:00 – 2:00pm.
  • Vilas Park Shelter Support: Help out inside the shelter as racers show up to register, drink water, or grab food. We also need help setting up the space and tearing it down. The inside shelter shifts are anywhere from approximately 10:00am – 2:30pm depending on the role.

To sign up for any volunteer opportunities, please email freeze (at)

For the race route and other details, visit RPVC’s website. Follow Freeze for Food on Facebook for updates!