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.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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