The continuous buzz from a thousand mosquitos (wearing running sneakers) will be no equal match for the lub-dub of a few hundred pounding hearts (also wearing running sneakers) dashing and plodding through ski trails and forests of Minocqua Winter Park the first Saturday in July.
Join runners and walkers, family, friends, and volunteers at the sixth annual Muggy Buggy 5k and the third annual Muggy Buggy Xtreme. These races will take place during the morning of July 6 on the trails around the Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center.
The Muggy Buggy 5k is a timed classic trail race where runners will compete for buggy prizes in 10-year age groupings in a fun and challenging event that begins with a mass start at 9 a.m. An awards ceremony will be held outside the Winter Park chalet at 10:15 a.m.
The ‘shorter but sweeter’ Muggy Buggy Xtreme will test the climbing, crawling, mud-slinging wits of all participants. The ‘X’ race kicks off at 10:30 a.m., but this 2-plus-kilometer competition is less about finishing first than it is finishing ‘fun.’ An eXtreme contest, it’s arguably the toughest 2-plus-kilometer run you’ll ever walk, but also the most fun you’ll ever have over that distance. The course is packed with serious ups and downs, mud, water, more ups and downs, more mud, narrow twisty stuff, then you get to the ‘swamp’ and then you’re done.
The timing of the two events allows for folks who would like to do both races to have that opportunity. Many people did both races last year. There is no age restriction on participating in either race, but a height of at least 48 inches (or good swimming skills for those under 48 inches) is suggested for the ‘X’ race competitors.
All Muggy Buggy participants will receive a commemorative bandana (guaranteed to first 200 registrants), choice of brat or burger, Band-aids, and a cold shower as well as other giveaways on a first-come, first-served basis. Beer, water, and Gatorade will also be available at the finish line.
All proceeds from the Muggy Buggy events will benefit the Minocqua Winter Park Trail Fund and youth/community fitness initiatives.
Winter Park is a not-for-profit town park with a mission of providing a quality silent sport experience for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages through the protection and maintenance of the trail system.
To get to Minocqua Winter Park, travel west on Highway 70 from U.S. Highway 51 for 6.8 miles and turn left on Squirrel Lake Road. Go 4.5 miles and turn left on Scotchman Lake Road. After one-half mile, turn right on Squirrel Hill Road and continue to the Winter Park chalet.
Information and registration is available at www.minocquawinterpark.org. Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, July 4. On-site registration closes 30 minutes before each race.
Direct event and media inquiries may be directed to Tim Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org and 715-356-3309.