For the City Times
Walkers from throughout Wisconsin, along with their friends, family and relatives from around the state and across the country are gearing up for the 13th annual Walk Wisconsin, the Midwest’s premier walking event, taking place on Saturday, June 3, 2017 in Portage County.
Choose from four marathon events, the full (26.2 miles), three-quarters (19.6 miles), one-half (13.1 miles) or one-quarter (6.5 mile) marathon events, all along the Green Circle Trail in Portage County.
Training schedules and registration forms are available on the Walk Wisconsin page at activeportagecounty.com.
A 2.62 and 1.31 mile Kid’s Walk Wisconsin is also scheduled for Friday, June 2, with a starting time of 6 PM at Pfiffner Pioneer Park. Registration information is available online or by contacting the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum at (715) 344-2003.
The non-competitive walking event began 13 years ago. Wellness-minded individuals from Ministry Health Care, Delta Dental of Wisconsin, Hilltop Pub & Grill, the Stevens Point Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Spectra Print and numerous other sponsors believe that in training for a distance walk, participants become “positively addicted” to this simple, inexpensive and beneficial form of exercise.
“Walking is an exercise that can be enjoyed by most ages and ability levels,” says John Jury, Walk Wisconsin Committee member. “It is a great, active way for families and friends to spend quality time together, while improving their health. As we outline in our promotional materials…your best doctor can be your left leg and your right leg.”
Although it’s not a race, Walk Wisconsin is organized much like a regular running marathon. Those involved receive a commemorative T-shirt, sports sack, comfort and nutrition stops along the way, a finish line celebration and medallion, plus Portage Co. hospitality all day long.
For Walk Wisconsin information call (715) 344-2556, stop by the Stevens Point Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at 340 Division St., or go to activeportagecounty.com.