Marshfield Clinic Woodruff Center will host an Olympic Day event on June 23 that will feature Russian Olympian and cross-country skier Igor Badamshin.
The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., also will include a 5K fun run/walk, a 3K walk, a children’s 1K fun run and children’s obstacle course. A variety of free games and activities will be available for families following the runs and walks.
“Marshfield Clinic Woodruff Center is participating in a celebration held around the world to commensurate the anniversary of the first Olympics,” said Dr. James Mullen, physiatrist at the Woodruff Center. “The United States Olympic Committee sanctions specific sites to hold these events, and we are honored to be one of those sites.”
Families are encouraged to join the celebration, which promotes fitness and health. The event supports the Olympic ideals of fair play, perseverance, sportsmanship and respect, Mullen said.
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Badamshin, who competed in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. His best finish at the Olympics was 14th in the 50-kilometer cross-country race.
The free activities may include gymnastics, martial arts, soccer, paddling, and a laser biathlon. Mykos Ress, a licensed massage therapist who sees clients at the Woodruff Center, will provide massage therapy. Everyone who attends the event will be asked to sign an Olympic flag. Participation certificates will be available.
“We also started a community mural during the Olympic Day last year, and we’ll encourage individuals to make additions to it at this year’s event,” Mullen said.
The run is $20 and the walk is $15 for each person. Each registration includes a T-shirt. Registration is $40 for a family, which includes one T-shirt. Additional T-shirts are $10 each.
For more information, or to register for the run/walk events, call Marshfield Clinic Woodruff Center at (715) 358-0610.