Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care recently contributed $500 each to support the third annual Lakeland Pantry Bear Cupboard Run on July 21.
The event will include a half marathon, a 5K run (both chip-timed), a non-timed 5K walk for all age groups and a 1K Cubby Run for children 10 and younger.
Half-marathon participants will run 13.1 miles on the scenic Bearskin Trail. The half marathon begins in Cassian, where Bearskin Trail intersects Lakewood Road, and ends just past the trailhead near Torpy Park in Minocqua. A bus will shuttle half-marathoners from Torpy Park to the start line.
Participants in the 5K and 1K Cubby runs will run/walk on the Bearskin Trail near Torpy Park. There will be pre-race and post-race activities from 6-11 a.m. at Torpy Park.
“The Lakeland Pantry provides individuals and families a dependable source of supplemental food, and household and hygiene products. Plus, the pantry offers programs designed to improve the quality of life for those in need,” said John Winkelman, director of Lakeland Pantry. “We are very pleased to have the support of Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care for our Bear Cupboard Run, which will ultimately benefit more than 1,800 Lakeland-area families during the next year, with 5,500 to 6,500 men, women, and children served every month.”
Of those individuals served, 40 percent are children, Winkelman said. Additional proceeds from the event help support the Food for Kidz program in Minocqua. Last year, more than 145,000 nutritional food packets were made and distributed worldwide to starving children and their families.
Ministry Howard Young Health Care provides numerous services to pantry clients on a monthly basis. It also offers a Medication Assistance Program that assists clients, particularly the elderly, with payment assistance.
“Ministry Health Care is proud to partner with the pantry for this run,” said Sheila Clough, president of Ministry Howard Young Health Care. “Some of the services provided to pantry clients include blood-pressure checks, cholesterol screenings, depression education and other behavioral health services.”
Marshfield Clinic contributes annually to the pantry, not only through monetary donations but food drives as well, said Rick Clark, Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Center administrator.
“By running or walking and improving your health, attendees will help contribute to the distribution of food and services for over 550 families who utilize the pantry each week,” Clark said.
To preregister for the race, visit tandhtiming.com, bearcupboardrun.org or lakelandpantry.com for registration forms. Participants also can register the night before and morning of the race at Torpy Park Pavilion. A detailed course map and additional race information is available at bearcupboardrun.org.