TOMAHAWK - Runners take off in Tomahawk, with a little something extra- snowshoes.
"Racing snowshoes are a little smaller than the ones you and I would typically wear. Like I say they'll just have their normal running gear on with just a little bit wider shoes on," said volunteer Fred Bloedorn. These runners are participating in the 2nd annual "Treehaven Tromp" Showshoe Race.
It brings almost 100 snowshoers to the 14 hundred acre Treehaven facility.
"It is a fun race for some people, but it's also a qualifying race for the USSA, United States Snowshoe Association, for the national championships," said Bloedorn.
Among those looking for a fun race, is Jim Mcdonell.
He's been racing since the 90's and says his attire is inspired by a trip to Scotland and the movie, "Braveheart".
"I got enthused with it and I thought I'd start with wearing the blue and white face after seeing the movie Braveheart, and then a few years after wearing the blue and white face I started wearing the kilt. And it just makes winter fun," said Mcdonell.
And even though it's about 20 degrees out- Jim says he's not cold.
"I have a hot body, I burn hot, so that's one reason. I used to run in shorts and a shirt before the kilt. But you really get hot when you're out there. But it's fun. You're only out there for an hour so you're not going to freeze," said Mcdonell.
He has some advice for those who might not think snowshoeing is for them. "Just remember that there's 7 days in a week, and one of them is not someday. So get out there and do it," said Mcdonell.
Proceeds from the 5 and 10 k races went to support Treehaven Youth Programs.
Treehaven is a Northwoods campus for the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.
MERRILL - For 32 years Battalion Chief Mike Drury walked into the Merrill Fire Department ready to save lives. Friday he walked out of the department for the last time to start the new phase of his life. "It goes fast it goes really fast," said Drury. Drury was about 18 -years -old when he walked into the Merrill Fire Department for the first time. "When you're 18, 19,20 years old and you're looking at 50 something years old you think you're never going to get there," said Drury.
Drury is one of 184 firefighters to ever work full time with the city of Merrill. "As a firefighter they spend a lot of time at the fire house so they miss a lot of things," said Drury's daughter Cassi. After 32 years of missing birthdays, holidays and family time Drury was ready for a change.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander couple thought they were empty nesters. However, an experience volunteering made them open their doors back up to kids who need a temporary home. The Zoerb's adult children moved out years ago. But at any moment they could get a call from social services that make them bring out their parenting skills for another round. Rick and Danielle Zoerb work together as realtors putting people in homes that are the perfect fit. However, the husband and wife know their home can be a good fit for others too. "There's no reason for kids to have to fall through the cracks," said Dani. Rick met a child at a mentorship program a few years ago. It was a meeting that opened a new door for him and his wife. "There was no hesitation on our part when we felt the situation was deteriorating for this young boy," said Rick.
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