Birdie Derby: Formerly the Berbee Derby


November 28, 2024 • Thanksgiving MORNING 10k & 5k Run/Walk • Fitchburg Business Park • 8:30am

For 20 years, the Berbee Derby has been Madison’s premiere Thanksgiving Day event. The Birdie Derby will bring the same stellar experience for the next 20 years (and more)! Birdie Derby is a fun-filled community event produced by Tri 4 Schools, whose dedicated volunteers work hard year-round to make your entire experience with the Birdie Derby a pleasant one. We’ve listed important information below to help you through the process of registering, arriving on race day, and many other details of our event.


We’ve partnered with RunSignUp to process your registration information. Before registering for the Birdie Derby, we encourage you to read through the information below regarding important dates, times of the event, the different race categories we offer, and parking.

Derby Village is where everything important will be on the race-day morning: Warming Tents, the race start, water, Orange Shoe Warm-Up, and of course, those all-important porta-potties. Consult the Derby Village map and be in the know on race-day morning.

Perks & Rewards

All pre-registered runners and walkers who pick up their bib numbers at packet pick-up will receive a Birdie Derby long-sleeve shirt and Goody Bag stuffed with items donated by our generous sponsors. There are awards given out for top finishers.


From early registration discounts to team registration deadlines and even race-day schedule, this section provides you with all the information about where you need to be and when.

Routes & Maps

Both our 10k and 5k courses are accurately-measured. Volunteers, rest stops (including bathroom breaks), and water stations will be located along the course. Download how to get there.


Parking is always at a premium on race morning, so do arrive early. Our start and finish lines are nestled in between the Fitchburg Business Park and our surrounding neighbors with parking available on the outskirts of each. Find out the best place to park based on the direction you’ll be coming from and the timing of when you’ll need to head out. (Did we mention you should plan on arriving early?) View the Parking Map here.

Travel & Hotel Information

Local hotels are offering special rates to Berbee Derby participants. View all hotel and travel information here.


Kids Dash

Our Kids Dash will be an untimed run for kids 2-6 years of age. We will have bibs and ‘winner’ medals for all.
Read more here.

NOTE: All children under age 10 should be accompanied by a guardian during the race. Any lost kids should report to the Registration tent.

Tri 4 Schools

We’re supporting the well-being of kids inside and outside the classroom.
Since 2011, we’ve donated over $450,000 to over 200 schools and 22,000 kids have crossed the finish line!