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Eleventh Annual Freedom 5k
The Eleventh Annual Freedom 5k Fun Run was held Sunday, June 28, in St. Germain. The event was started in 2005 in an effort to raise money for the new St. Germain Bike and Hike Trail. Recently race officials presented a check to the Town of St. Germain in the amount of $4,650.00, bringing the eleven year total to $33,332.00. Funds raised in this year's event will be used for maintenance and future improvements of non-motorized recreational trails in the community, including the paved Bike and Hike Trail and the newly acquired Awassa Trails.

Gold level sponsors for 2015 include: Eagle Waste and Recycling, Eliason Realty of the North, St. Germain Chamber of Commerce, St. Germain Lioness, and the McGill family.

This year's race brought over 200 participants in the 5k event, including runners from all across the United States. The top male finisher was Devin Sauvola of Eagle River, setting a new course record of 16:09. The first female across the finish line was Erin Gallagher of Kingwood, TX, finishing in 19:23. A record 98 participants ran in the 1-kilometer kids' run for children up to age 12; first place trophies went to Jason Ritter of St. Germain and Ruby Nowinsky of Eland, WI.

The twelfth annual Freedom 5k is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, July 3, 2016. For more information about the event, or about the local trail system, explore our website more or visit www.vilaswi.com/outdoor-fun/hiking/st-germain-area-hiking-trails/


Race officials and gold sponsors met on the trail to present a check in the amount of $4,650.00 to the Town of St. Germain for the purpose of developing and maintaining the community's silent sports trails.

Tenth Annual Freedom 5k
The Tenth Annual Freedom 5k Fun Run was held Sunday, June 29, in St. Germain. The event was started in 2005 in an effort to raise money for the new St. Germain Bike and Hike trail. Earlier this week, race officials presented a check to the Bike and Hike Committee in the amount of $4,100.00, bringing the ten year total to $28,682.00. Funds raised in this year's event will be used for maintenance and future improvements of the 12 mile, family-friendly paved trail. The trail runs throughout St. Germain and connects bicyclists and pedestrians with an additional 45 miles of trails in Vilas County.

This year's race brought 190 participants in the 5k event, including runners from across the United States and Europe. The top male finisher was Devin Sauvola of Eagle River, with a time of 16:37. The first female across the finish line was Dana Steffen of Greenfield, WI, finishing in 19:15. Sixty participants ran in the 1-kilometer kids' run for children up to age 12; first place trophies went to Calvin Sabo of Channanon, IL, and Ruby Nowinsky of Eland, WI.

The eleventh annual Freedom 5k is scheduled for Sunday, June 28, 2015.

For the tenth year in a row, St. Germain's Independence Day celebration kicked off with the Freedom 5k Fun Run on Sunday, June 29. The event was started in 2005 in an effort to raise money for the new Bike and Hike trail which was being developed in the community. In the first nine years, this event raised over $24,000.00 construction and maintenance of that trail, which was completed in 2012. The trail now runs for 12 miles through St. Germain before connecting with the Sayner and Boulder Junction Bike and Hike Trails.  
The 3.1 mile run begins in the parking lot of the St. Germain Community Park. The mostly off-road trail consists of primarily flat, packed dirt and gravel trail of varying width, winding through a quiet, scenic wooded area on Town of St. Germain and Wisconsin Public Service property.

The 2014 event took place on Sunday, June 29, with 260 participants representing 11 states and at least one foreign country. The top male finisher was Devin Sauvola of Eagle River, WI, in a time of 16:37. The first female across the finish line was Dana Steffen of Greenfield, WI, in 19:15. Trophies were awarded to the top overall male and female finishers, with medals going to the top three in each of eight age categories.

In the 1-kilometer kids' run,60 children between the ages of three and 12 completed the course along with Uncle Sam. The first girl to cross the finish line was Ruby Nowinsky of Eland, WI, with a time of 4:22; Calvin Sabo of Channanon, IL, won the boys' division in 4:07.

Gold sponsors for this year's event include: Eagle Waste and Recycling, Marshfield Clinic, St. Germain Chamber of Commerce, St. Germain Lioness, and The McGill Family. Silver sponsors for 2014 are: Eliason Realty of the North, Ministry Health Care, Pick 'n Save, The Fath Family, Waldmann Construction and Wisconsin Valley Improvement Co.

Proceeds from the race will be donated to the trail fund for continued maintenance and development.

 


Race officials and gold sponsors met on the trail to present a check in the amount of $4,100.00 to the St. Germain Bike and Hike Trail Fund. Front row left to right: Laura Reuling (race volunteer) presenting the check to Anne Small (Bike Trail Committee Chair). Back row left to right: Liz Sutter (St. Germain Lioness), Penny Weismann (St. Germain Chamber of Commerce), Dr. Michael McGill (Marshfield Clinic and the McGill Family), Andrew, Kelly, and Matthew McGill (the McGill Family). Missing from the photo was Alan Albee, Eagle Waste and Recycling.
Freedom 5k Makes Record Donation to St. Germain Bike and Hike Trail

The Seventh Annual Freedom 5k Fun Run was held Sunday, July 3 in St. Germain. The event was started in 2005 in an effort to raise money for the new St. Germain Bike and Hike trail. Last week, race officials presented a check to the Bike and Hike Committtee in the amount of $5,400.00. This represents the largest single donation in the history of the event, bringing the seven year total to  $16,082.00. Funds raised in this year’s event will be used for signage and grass seed for the recently completed Phase II section of the trail.

In addition to a record-breaking donation, course records and participation records were also shattered on race day, with 295 participants representing 17 states and at least three foreign countries. Top male finisher was Brian Begalke of Chicago, IL with a new course record of 16:33. The first female across the finish line was Sylvia Bedford of Fairview, UT, setting a new women’s record of 19:37. Trophies were awarded to the top overall male and female finishers, with medals going to the top three in each of eight age categories.

The 1-kilometer kids’ run, for children up to age 12, saw an increase in participation from 18 runners in 2010 to  66 for the 2011 event. Children ran through the short course along with Uncle Sam and an American Eagle, and received ribbons and other prizes at the end of the race. A tie for first place in the boys’ division went to Ty Gerstenberger of Tomahawk and Jake O’Hara of St. Charles, IL;  Nicole Cullen of Oxford, IA won the girls’ division.


Race officials and gold sponsors met on the new section of the trail recently to present a check in the amount of $5,400.00 to Mark Hiller, Bike and Hike Trail Committee Chairman. Making the presentation were: Kelly, Andrew, and Matthew McGill (Gold sponsors and race volunteers), Amy Gauthier (representing Marshfield Clinic), Anne Small (St. Germain Chamber of Commerce), Mark Hiller, Alan Albee (Eagle Waste and Recycling), and Amy and Laura Reuling, Assistant Race Directors.

For the sixth year in a row, St. Germain's Independence Day celebration kicked off with the Freedom 5k Fun Run on Sunday, June 27. The event was started in 2005 in an effort to raise money for the new Bike and Hike trail which was being developed in the community. In the first five years, a total of $7,832.00 was donated to the town for construction and maintenance of that trail.

The 3.1 mile run begins in the parking lot of the St. Germain Community park. The mostly off-road trail consists of primarily flat, packed dirt and gravel trail of varying width, winding through a quiet, scenic wooded area on Town of St. Germain and Wisconsin Public Service property.

The 2010 event took place on Sunday, June 28, with 175 participants representing 14 states and 5 foreign countries. Top male finisher was Robert Cook of Custer, WI in a time of 18:00. The first female across the finish line was Dana Roach of Minocqua, in 20:57. Trophies were awarded to the top overall male and female finishers, with medals going to the top three in each of eight age categories.

In the 1-kilometer kids' run ,eighteen children between the ages of one and 12 ran through the course along with Uncle Sam and an American Eagle. The first boy across the line was Jonathan Lynch, with a time of 4:19; Sydney Davis won the girls' division in 4:37.

The Seventh Annual Freedom 5k is scheduled for Sunday, July 3, 2011



In the fall of 2010, a check for $ 2,850.00 was donated to the St. Germain Bike and Hike Trail from the Freedom 5k race committee, representing funds raised at the sixth Annual Freedom 5K Fun Run. This amount is the largest one year donation since the race began in 2005, and brings the six year total to $10,682.00.

Money raised from the event comes from sponsorships and runner registrations. Gold level sponsors ($500) for 2010 included Marshfield Clinic,the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce, and Eagle Waste and Recycling; silver sponsorships of $300 were provided by Subway of St. Germain, Waldmann Construction, Inc. and Camp's Super Valu. Additional bronze level sponsorships and door prize donations came from a number of other generous local businesses and civic organizations.

"The trail has such a positive impact on our community," stated event co-chair Deb Harvey. "It provides a great opportunity for families to enjoy the beauty of the northwoods, while offering a safe environment for biking, hiking or running."

The funds raised from the Freedom 5k are used for trail maintenance and development; phase 2 of the trail, extending from the present trailhead to the Hwy. O intersection east of St. Germain, is currently under construction and is expected to be completed this spring.


A check in the amount of $ 2,250.00 was donated to the St. Germain Bike and Hike Trail, representing funds raised at the Fifth Annual Freedom 5K Fun Run. This amount is the largest one year donation since the race began in 2005, and brings the five year total to $7,832.00.

Money raised from the event comes from sponsorships and runner registrations.  Gold level sponsors ($500) included Marshfield Clinic and the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce; silver sponsorships of $300 were provided by  St GermainWomen’s Service Club, Eagle Waste & Recycling, Subway of St. Germain and Eliason Realty of the North. Additional bronze level sponsorships and door prize donations came from a number of other generous local businesses and civic organizations.

“The trail has such a positive impact on our community,” stated event co-chair Deb Harvey. “It provides a great opportunity for families to enjoy the beauty of the northwoods, while offering a safe environment for biking, hiking or running.”

The funds raised from the Freedom 5k are used for trail maintenance and development; phase 2 of the trail, extending from the present trailhead to the Hwy. O intersection east of St. Germain, is expected to be completed in the spring of 2010.

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