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 - It costs nearly $240,000 to run Rhinelander's homeless shelter every year.
Frederick Place got an extra boost this month to help cover those costs with two grants totaling $8,000.
"With our just shy of $240,000 annual operating budget, we typically only get $40,000 from the state and federal government. So we are raising that $200,000 every single year," said NATH Executive Director Tammy Modic.
RHINELANDER - Thursday Rhinelander turned into the city of lights. The Light of the Northwoods kicked off its drive-through light show at Hodag Park today. "We never got to do anything like this when I was a kid," said volunteer Corey Passmore. However, Passmore's son will get the chance to experience a Christmas in a way his father was never able to. "As far as I can think back we've never had anything like this in Rhinelander," said Passmore. Months of preparation, hundreds of hours setting up, and more than a dozen creative minds helped create magic in Rhinelander. "Symbolizes an opportunity for community to come together," said YMCA of the Northwoods CEO Ryan Zietlow.
IRMA - Until Thursday, we never got an inside look at Lincoln Hills School and Youth Prison. We have heard from Lincoln Hills line staff and the Department of Corrections, but never were able to see the facility.
Thursday the DOC held a guided media tour of the school and living units. Newswatch12's Rose McBride has been following the stories that come out of Lincoln Hills for months now, and she went on that media tour.
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