The YMCA of the Northwoods is hosting the 7th annual Hodag Run for Your Life 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run. 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. The Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a block party immediately after.
The race attracts hundreds of area residents and summer visitors to the area each year and all pre-registered participants 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. 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 and the 10K race is open to individuals ages 12 and older.
The Chase the Hodag youth race will take place at 10:15 a.m. with over 100 youth ages 12 and under chasing Rhinelander’s Hodag around the Oneida County Courthouse back to Stevensport Square. The first 100 pre-registered youth participants will receive a free Hodag Run for Your Life tee shirt and a souvenir numbered race bib. Parents are encouraged to run with their children, push them in a stroller or carry them on their shoulders.
Registration for the race is $30 before June 15 and $35 after that date. Group rates are also available. Groups of 10 or more are $25 per entry. Group registrations must be submitted together to receive this rate.