The YMCA of the Northwoods has announced the Tenth Annual Hodag Run for Your Life. The race will be held in conjunction with the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce Boom Lake Log Jam Saturday, June 25, at Hodag Park. An exciting addition to the tenth annual race is a half marathon sponsored by Nicolet National Bank. The half marathon will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the 10K run, sponsored by Habush, Habush, & Rottier at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K run/walk and stroller division, sponsored by Superior Diesel, at 9 a.m. A free youth race, Chase the Hodag, sponsored by Rhinelander Kiwanis, takes place at 10:15 a.m. Youth participants receive a free Hodag Run for Your Life T-shirt along with a souvenir numbered race bib. Parents are encouraged to run with their children, push them in a stroller, or carry them on their shoulders.
Each year the race attracts hundreds of area residents and summer visitors to the area. All pre-registered participants will receive an official Hodag Run T-shirt. T-shirts will be available on the day of the race but not guaranteed unless registered by June 10. 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 a special coveted Hodag Award.
Businesses are encouraged to register for the Corporate Cup Challenge. The winner of the challenge is the team with the most finishing participants and will receive a special Hodag plaque. The corporate trophy cup, housed and displayed at the Y, displays each corporate winner. Registration for the 5K and 10K is $30 before June 10 and $35 after that date. Like to run in a group? Group rate is available! Group of 10 or more is $25 per entry before June 10 and $35 after that date. The Half Marathon is $50 before June 10 and $55 after that date, group rate $45. For more information or to register, call the YMCA of the Northwoods at 715-362-9622 or visit ymcaofthenorthwoods.org or active.com and search for HODAG Run.