YMCA of the Northwoods 8th Annual Hodag Run scheduled for June 28
The streets of Rhinelander will come alive with running shoes Saturday, June 28 as the YMCA of the Northwoods hosts the 8th Annual Hodag Run for Your Life 5k Run/Walk and 10k Run presented by Superior Diesel and Habush Habush & Rottier Charitable Fund. The race will begin at 9 a.m. at Stevensport Square in downtown Rhinelander and will conclude at the same location.
Spectators are encouraged to cheer on the participants throughout the course. A map of the course has been attached for residents impacted along the course. Scott King, from NRG media will be onsite to announce the event.
Now in it’s 8th year, the race attracts hundreds of area residents and summer visitors to the area. All pre-registered participants by June 16 will receive an official Hodag Run dri-wick shirt. The awards ceremony at 10:30 a.m. will award custom Hodag medals to the top three male and female finishers in each age bracket.
All 10k runners must be finished by 10:45 a.m. to be included in the results. The top overall male and female finishers in each race will receive the special coveted Hodag Award. The 5k race is open to all ages while the 10k race is open to individuals ages 14 and older.
A free youth race, Rhinelander Kiwanis’ Chase the Hodag, takes place at 10:15 a.m., with over 200 youth ages 12 and under chasing Rhinelander’s Hodag around the Oneida County Courthouse and back to Stevensport Square.
The first 200 registered youth participants will receive a free Hodag Run For Your Life T-shirt along with a souvenir numbered race bib.
Registration for the Chase the Hodag kids race will only be the on race day this year and will open at 7:30 a.m. Parents are encouraged to run with their children, push them in a stroller, or carry them on their shoulders.
The race benefits the Y’s Annual Support Campaign which ensures that no one is turned away from the Y due to lack of ability to pay. Registration is $30 before June 16 and $35 after that date. Groups of 10 or more are only $25 per entry; group registrations must be submitted together to receive this rate.
Register for the Hodag Run and the First Annual Y Nutty 5k Trail run at CAVOC and receive a discount on both events.
For more information or to register, call the YMCA of the Northwoods at 715-362-9622 or visit the websites www.ymcaofthenorthwoods.org or active.com and search Hodag Run.