Viterbo Days

Friar Frolic

2016 Viterbo University Friar Frolic 5K Run/Walk

The Friar Frolic is a 5K run/walk through the heart of scenic and historic La Crosse, Wisconsin. The event is hosted by Viterbo University's Department of Recreational Sports as part of the annual Viterbo Days weekend. 2016 marks the 6th year for the Friar Frolic. All ages are welcome to participate by either running or walking, donating, or volunteering. There's an opportunity to cheer on participants, have coffee and conversation with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, and a children's 100 yard dash. The Friar Frolic is a great way to promote fun and fitness amongst the Viterbo and La Crosse communities while supporting the Viterbo Student Food Pantry and St. Clare Health Mission.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Race Photos

Race Results

PDF icon2016 Overall Results
PDF icon2016 Winners

Check in and same-day registration begins at 8 a.m. (pre-race registration is preferred to guarantee a t-shirt).
Walk/Run begins at 9 a.m.
*New* this year is online registration and payment.


Early Bird Registration
(Before September 25)
Individual: $20
Student: $15

Children's Dash: $5

Standard and On-site Registration
September 25 - October 8
Individual: $25
Student: $20
Children's Dash: $5


If you are not interested in running or walking the event, consider volunteering. Volunteers are an essential piece to running a successful Friar Frolic. Those interested in volunteering may register here.

Packet Pick Up

Friday, October 7: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the School of Nursing Building Lobby
Saturday, October 8: 8 - 8:45 a.m. at the Mathy Center (north entrance by the clock tower)

Race Route

The race will begin and finish on Viterbo University's beautiful campus and run through the heart of scenic and historic La Crosse, Wisconsin. PDF iconView the race route here.

Race Day Instructions

Start Instructions: Wear your race number on the front. Pre-race instructions begin at 8:50 a.m. at the starting point. Walkers line up at the back of the pack to ensure a fair and safe start.
Finish Instructions: Keep to the right as you approach and enter the finish chute. Volunteers will remove your race tag. Stay in your finish position as you move through the chute. Walkers, stay to the far right of the race route and as you approach the finish area.
Awards: Awards ceremony will be at approximately 10:30 a.m. near the finish line area of the race. Awards presented for 5K participants to first overall male and female finishers, and to top finishers in each age group and the wheelchair division. Winners of the overall division will not be eligible for awards in the individual categories. Everyone wins in the Children's Alumni Dash.


Race results will be posted on this page following the event.

Charity Proceeds

In addition to promoting fun and fitness, the Friar Frolic is also about helping support local charities. Non-perishable food items and monetary donations will be accepted to support the Viterbo Student Food Pantry and St. Clare Health Mission. Donations may be made the day of the race. Non-perishable food items needed include: applesauce cups/jars, beef ravioli, box rice, bread, cake frosting, cake mixes, canned carrots, chicken noodle soup, cream o f chicken soup, fruit cocktail cans/cups, canned green beans, Hamburger Helper, Hormel cups/mac and cheese cups, Hormel heat and eat meals, instant pasta sides, jelly, mandarin oranges cans/cups, paper towels, peanut butter, pears, ramen, saltines/crackers, soup, spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce, toilet paper, tuna, Tuna Helper, canned whole kernel corn.

Thanks to our 2016 sponsors:



2015 Race Results

PDF icon2015 Overall Results
PDF icon2015 Age Group Results
PDF icon2015 Team Competition Results

View Photos from the 2015 Friar Frolic
View Video Highlights from the 2015 Friar Frolic

2014 Race Results

PDF icon2014 Overall Results    
PDF icon2014 Top Finishers in Each Age Group


Questions: Contact the Department of Recreational Sports at 608-796-3121 or