Don’t get stuck in a rut, strut your stuff in the Buck Rut Run. Then test your evasive maneuvers in the Buck Rut Zombie Run!
Minocqua Winter Park & Nordic Center will host the 22nd Annual Buck Rut Run 5k and a new Zombie Run with distances for kids and adults. Both events will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, on our famed ski trails.
The Buck Rut 5k is a timed, competitive trail running race. Awards will be given to the overall top three male and the overall top three female runners. Awards will also be given to the top three male and female runners in 10-year age groups.
The new Zombie Run is offered in a 4.5k distance for teens and adults and a 2k distance for youth 14 and under (and accompanying siblings or parents). Participants must sneak past herds zombies positioned in designated zones around the course. Zombies “infect” participants by pulling flags from their waists. This non-competitive fun run is about finishing alive! Your type of completion award depends on your level of infection.
The schedule allows for participants to spend a full, Nordic-themed day in Minocqua. The Lakeland Nordic Ski Swap will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lakeland Union High School. At Minocqua Winter Park, the Buck Rut 5k will start at noon with awards at 1:30 p.m., and the Buck Rut Zombie Run will start at 2 p.m.
Race registration includes a commemorative t-shirt (guaranteed to the first 125 to register for any Buck Rut race), food from Bad Bones BBQ of Arbor Vitae, and a beverage. Event information and registration is available at www.minocquawinterpark.org. Online registration closes at 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7. On-site registration closes 30 minutes before each race.
To get to Minocqua Winter Park from US Hwy 51, turn onto Wisconsin Hwy 70 West and travel 6.8 miles. Then turn left onto Squirrel Lake Road and go 4.5 miles to Scotchman Lake Road and follow the signs into the park via Squirrel Hill Road.
All proceeds from the Buck Rut will benefit the Minocqua Winter Park Trail Fund for ski trail grooming equipment and skier development programs like Lakeland Locals Learn to Ski for Free.
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 our trail system.
For more information, call Tim Collins, Executive Director of Minocqua Winter Park, at 715-356-3309, or email email@example.com.