EAGLE RIVER - The Journey's Marathon has been met with less than ideal weather conditions in the past, and today wasn't any different. Runners braved a chilly wind for the 17th running of the annual event.
Today's winner was reigning champ Matt Radtke from Merrill. His race time was 2:48:33. Radtke told us how he kept going for the long haul.
"We passed the leader at around mile 20, so that gave me inspiration to keep going," says Radtke.
Today's race was part of one man's quest to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records. Forty-year-old Trent Morrow is know as the "Marathon Man. He made Journeys his 43rd marathon of 2013. Morrow is trying to beat the current record of 157 races in a calendar year.
"It's been cold. I certainly haven't started too many this year where there's been snow falling, so that was a little bit different. The scenery was absolutely spectacular and I've got to say the people were really friendly. I was fortunate enough to share the road with some great people out there today."
One of those people he shared the road with today is quickly becoming a marathon pro. He completed his second marathon today, and he's only 13 years old.
"Marathons are better when you have someone to talk with. So this guy was a unique person to talk to," says Jacob Odrzywolski, from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
This years race brought in a record breaking number of runners. One thousand twenty eight athletes hit the pavement from the Boulder Junction area to Eagle River.
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
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