11th Annual Freedom 5k

 Sunday, June 28, 2015 

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The Tenth Annual Freedom 5k Fun Run was held Sunday, June 29, in St. Germain. The event was started in 2005 in an effort to raise money for the new St. Germain Bike and Hike trail. Earlier this week, race officials presented a check to the Bike and Hike Committee in the amount of $4,100.00, bringing the ten year total to $28,682.00. Funds raised in this year's event will be used for maintenance and future improvements of the 12 mile, family-friendly paved trail. The trail runs throughout St. Germain and connects bicyclists and pedestrians with an additional 45 miles of trails in Vilas County.

This year's race brought 190 participants in the 5k event, including runners from across the United States and Europe. The top male finisher was Devin Sauvola of Eagle River, with a time of 16:37. The first female across the finish line was Dana Steffen of Greenfield, WI, finishing in 19:15. Sixty participants ran in the 1-kilometer kids' run for children up to age 12; first place trophies went to Calvin Sabo of Channanon, IL, and Ruby Nowinsky of Eland, WI.

The eleventh annual Freedom 5k is scheduled for Sunday, June 28, 2015.


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Race officials and gold sponsors met on the trail to present a check in the amount of $4,100.00 to the St. Germain Bike and Hike Trail Fund. Front row left to right: Laura Reuling (race volunteer) presenting the check to Anne Small (Bike Trail Committee Chair). Back row left to right: Liz Sutter (St. Germain Lioness), Penny Weismann (St. Germain Chamber of Commerce), Dr. Michael McGill (Marshfield Clinic and the McGill Family), Andrew, Kelly, and Matthew McGill (the McGill Family). Missing from the photo was Alan Albee, Eagle Waste and Recycling.
For the tenth year in a row, St. Germain's Independence Day celebration kicked off with the Freedom 5k Fun Run on Sunday, June 29. The event was started in 2005 in an effort to raise money for the new Bike and Hike trail which was being developed in the community. In the first nine years, this event raised over $24,000.00 construction and maintenance of that trail, which was completed in 2012. The trail now runs for 12 miles through St. Germain before connecting with the Sayner and Boulder Junction Bike and Hike Trails.  
The 3.1 mile run begins in the parking lot of the St. Germain Community Park. The mostly off-road trail consists of primarily flat, packed dirt and gravel trail of varying width, winding through a quiet, scenic wooded area on Town of St. Germain and Wisconsin Public Service property.

The 2014 event took place on Sunday, June 29, with 260 participants representing 11 states and at least one foreign country. The top male finisher was Devin Sauvola of Eagle River, WI, in a time of 16:37. The first female across the finish line was Dana Steffen of Greenfield, WI, in 19:15. Trophies were awarded to the top overall male and female finishers, with medals going to the top three in each of eight age categories.

In the 1-kilometer kids' run,60 children between the ages of three and 12 completed the course along with Uncle Sam. The first girl to cross the finish line was Ruby Nowinsky of Eland, WI, with a time of 4:22; Calvin Sabo of Channanon, IL, won the boys' division in 4:07.

Gold sponsors for this year's event include: Eagle Waste and Recycling, Marshfield Clinic, St. Germain Chamber of Commerce, St. Germain Lioness, and The McGill Family. Silver sponsors for 2014 are: Eliason Realty of the North, Ministry Health Care, Pick 'n Save, The Fath Family, Waldmann Construction and Wisconsin Valley Improvement Co.

Proceeds from the race will be donated to the trail fund for continued maintenance and development.

Accepting sponsorships for 2015 race. Click here, or contact the race coordinators
at 715-891-1968 or 715-542-1614 for more information.
       
 
       
   
 
2015 Sponsors
   
   Gold Sponsors:    Bronze Sponsors:
  • Eagle Waste and Recycling
  • Eliason Realty of the North
  • The McGill Family
  • St. Germain Chamber of Commerce
  • St. Germain Lioness
  • Eagle Falls Adventure Golf & Laser Tag
  • Lake of the Torches Resort Casino
  • Serenity Bay Resort
  • St. Germain Women's Service Club
   Silver Sponsors:
  • The Fath Family
  • Marshfield Clinic
  • Ministry Health Care
   Kids Race Sponsor:
  • Cathy's Ice Cream 'n Candy
   Special Thanks To:
  • All the Great Volunteers!
  • St. Germain Fire & Rescue
  • Town of St Germain
  • Wausau Homes
 
If you are interested in becoming an event sponsor, please contact the race coordinators at 715-891-1968 or
715-542-1614 for more information.
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