Runners use Buck Rut Run as end of season celebrationSubmitted: 11/09/2013

Adam Fox
10 p.m. Anchor/Reporter

MINOCQUA - Most sports teams celebrate the end of a good season with a party of get together.

But some middle and high school runners do things a little different.

Stevens Point area runners cap off their year at the Buck Rut 5-K Run at the Minocqua Winter Park.

They say it's a fun way to wrap up the year after state cross country finals.

Phil Mahoney brings the group up.

"It's a chance to do another race, but with a relaxed atmosphere and almost a party atmosphere afterwards, after a tough run," Mahoney said. "You run hard and then enjoy it afterwords."

Mahoney has been running in the Buck Rut since it started 22 years ago. He couldn't run this year because of broken ribs. But he says the event and course are a great challenge for young runners.

"It's probably more challenging than your average event or course that they would have during their season," Mahoney said. "Once they are here they get the feel for what it's like and meet other kids they don't ordinarily run into."

Thomas Basala of Plover won with a time of 19:58.00.

More than 90 runners took to the ski trails of the winter park.

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