Once again, the Mary Mile and 5K and the Mary T. Hartzheim Memorial Scramble Golf Tournament will be held to benefit the MTH Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to fulfilling the life pursuits and dreams of Mary Terese Hartzheim by funding cancer research and related programs, supporting the educational and athletic endeavors of young people and by favorably affecting the lives of those less fortunate.
The Mary T. Hartzheim Memorial Scramble Golf Tournament will be held Friday, Aug. 2, at Timber Ridge Golf Course and the Mary Mile and 5K will take place Saturday, Aug. 3, at Torpy Park.
Mary Terese Hartzheim was born in Minocqua and graduated from Lakeland Union High School. She was a top high school runner and earned a scholarship to UW-Madison, where she had a successful college career and earned several All-American honors in both cross country and track.
She married Fred Herlitz, but two months after the wedding, Mary was diagnosed with a rare carcinoid neuroendocrine cancer for which there is no cure. She was given only a 10 percent chance to live for a year. The couple fought valiantly and defied the odds, and Mary survived four years. She died in 2005 at the age of 37.
Herlitz started the MTH Foundation to honor Mary. The foundation funds cancer research and cancer related programs and supports educational and athletic endeavors of young people.
Fred and Mary’s demonstration of strength, courage, and determination has established the framework of the MTH Foundation and guides the MTH Foundation board to make a difference in the community.
“Mary has changed the way I think about life,” Herlitz said. “She had guts and determination and a real love of life.”
The Memorial Golf Tournament and the Mary Mile and 5K are the fundraising events in Minocqua that support the MTH Foundation’s efforts.
Thanks to the great community support and help of friends and family, the MTH Foundation is able to hold these events year after year to continue to raise money in honor of Mary. This community has great business and family sponsors for both events, and the board appreciates and thanks all those who volunteer to help with and participate in the events.
Mary T. Hartzheim Memorial Scramble Golf Tournament
This will be the sixth annual scramble in Mary’s honor. The scramble will take place Friday, Aug 2, at Timber Ridge Golf Course. The event is a four-person scramble, and each foursome costs $400 to register. The registration fee includes a T-shirt and lunch. Registration forms can be found on the MTH Foundation website, MTHFoundation.org, or interested golfers can call Pete Hartzheim at 715-356-5194. Golfers must register by Wednesday, July 31.
On the day of the event, registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and a shotgun start begins the scramble at 8:30 a.m. Anyone not golfing in the event can still come for the lunch and participate in the raffle and silent raffle. Lunch begins around noon, with raffles and awards to follow.
Mary Mile & 5K
The Mary Mile and 5K runs will take place Saturday, Aug. 3, at Torpy park. The mile run starts at the Shell station south of the bridge in Minocqua and ends at the parking lot at Torpy Park. A bus will be available to shuttle milers to the start of the race.
The 5K run starts in front of the Minocqua Brewing Company and runs down and back on the Bearskin Trail, ending at the Torpy Park parking lot.
Registration forms for the race are available at the Minocqua Chamber of Commerce and online at either MTH Foundation.org or tandhtiming.com. Registration includes a T-shirt, and race-day registration is available.
Race day registration runs from 7-8:30 a.m., and the race kicks off at 9 a.m.
The races will be chip timed, and the overall mile male and female winners will receive a watch from Bassett Jewelers. Medals will also be given to age group winners in the mile.
The overall top three male and females will be awarded medals in the 5K race. A sprint race for young children will also take place around 9:30 a.m.; no registration is necessary for the children’s sprint.
On race day, Mykos Ross, a licensed massage therapist, will available for massages on-site. For more information about massages call Maureen Drewsen at 715-356-6774