For the ninth straight year, St. Germain’s Independence Day celebration kicked off with the Freedom 5k Fun Run Sunday, June 30.
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 eight years, this event raised more than $20,000 for 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 2013 event took place Sunday, June 30, with 207 participants representing 13 states. The top male finisher was Devin Sauvola of Eagle River, in a time of 17:00. The first female across the finish line was Dana Steffen of Greenfield, in 19:24. 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, 54 children between the ages of two and 12 completed the course along with Uncle Sam and an American Eagle. The first girl to cross the finish line was Molly Drosen of Waukesha, with a time of 3:51 and Aiden Mahoney of Fox Point, won the boys’ division in 3:54.
Gold sponsors for this year’s event included Eagle Waste and Recycling, Marshfield Clinic, St. Germain Chamber of Commerce, St. Germain Lioness, and the McGill Family. Silver sponsors for 2013 are Eliason Realty of the North, Ministry Health Care, Pick ‘n Save, SonicNet, Inc., the Fath Family and Waldmann Construction.
Proceeds from the race will be donated to the trail fund for continued maintenance and development.