Five outdoor activities to do in Madison during the CrossFit Games

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A fundamental principle of CrossFit is to “use your fitness” in everyday life, and CrossFit Games week is no different. With an abundance of ways to sweat it up on and around the site (more on that soon), there are also plenty of opportunities to get outside, stay active, and soak up the Madison sunshine.

1. Bike the city

As the unofficial bike capital of the Midwest, there are over 75 miles of off-road bike trails to explore in Madison. You can rent a bike or jump on one Madison BCycle (e-bike) as a workout for the day, or pedal to the Games from your hotel to avoid the parking chaos.

Pro tip: State Street, in the heart of downtown, is a great place to ride a bike; cars are not allowed!

2. Embrace the lakes

Fun fact: Madison is one of only two cities in the United States on an isthmus (between two bodies of water), with Seattle, WA being the other. Kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, and motorboats are all available for rent to take a spin on one of the city’s five lakes. To book a rental in advance, visit

3. Stroll through the Farmer’s Market

Located just outside the Wisconsin capitol building, it’s a local favourite: “Shout out to the Saturday morning farmers’ market in Capitol Square – it’s the largest growers-only farmers’ market in the United States- United,” said Rob Gard, director of communications, Destination Madison and Madison Area Sports Commission. The perfect place to buy sweets, fresh produce and gifts, the market runs counter-clockwise and is open from 6:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Saturdays only. Address: 2 E. Main St. Madison, WI 53703.

And if you decide to take a look inside the city’s iconic heart, which is over 100 years old, go for it! The Capitol building is free to walk around and walk-in public tours are available.

4. Go for a hike

With an average outside temperature of 78°F to 82°F, now is the perfect time to soak up some vitamin D, take your first steps, and see the city from a different perspective. Grab your buddies and pick a trail; the City of Madison has a list of the best hikes to enjoy!

5. Go green

For traditional golf enthusiasts, there are four urban courses: Glenway Golf Course (9 holes), Monona Golf Course (9 holes), Odana Hills (18 holes) and Yahara Hills (36 holes). With clubs available for hire at each location, pack light and go swing a few!

As for disc golf fans (looking at you, Brian Friend), there are a handful of courses available: Elver Park (Madison’s largest), Hiestand Park, Token Creek County Park, and Lake Farm County Park — all of which are 10-15 minutes away from the Games site.

When you’re looking to take a break from the competition, there are plenty of opportunities to get some fresh air and use your fitness. For more ideas and links to local attractions, go to See you outside!

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