RHINELANDER - Dozens of people suited up with helmets, and handle bars ready to participate in the fifth annual RASTA Rally in Rhinelander Sunday.
It was the first race of the season but racers say they were ready for the challenge.
"At the start you're really pushing hard, your heart rate is really getting up there [and] your legs are burning," said race competitor Adam Maki.
Maki competed in the seven mile race at the RASTA (Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association) Rally bike race in Rhinelander Sunday.
Dozens of people like Maki have looked forward to Sunday for months.
"This is one of the first mountain bike races of the year because some of the other ones got canceled because of the bad weather earlier in the year," said RASTA President Richard Reidinger.
Even though Maki was able to fly through the race, Reidinger said the trail was anything but easy.
"You gotta be on top of your game otherwise you're going to wipe out. The trail is only so wide, you're flying down the trail and there are rocks and jumps in spots," said Reidinger. To make sure the course is challenging enough RASTA maintains the trails all year long. "We weed them, whatever trees fall across we have to cut up and maintain them," said Reidinger.
Reidinger said this was a bigger turn out than last year because this is the first bike race of the season in Oneida County.
Even though this is just the first race of the season for Maki, he hopes he will see more first place finishes in the future.
"Just keep moving, can't let your wheel come to a stop," said Maki.
The proceeds from the race go to the Rhinelander Mountain Bike Club
WOODRUFF - Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport hosted a fun-filled day for family and friends on Saturday.
This comes about five months after one of its helicopters crashed, killing three Spirit employees.
Regional manager Charles Kotke said those men were in mind today,
"Today is a day of bringing people together, as well as a celebration of our 25 year anniversary," said Kotke. "This team did an amazing job getting us back to caring for our patients and doing what we need to do to care of our community."
Flight paramedics showed off the aircrafts to people and the helicopter was a big hit.
"They definitely like to look at the aircrafts. See how we transport patients from point A to point B," said Northern Region Supervisor Ryan Short.
Next Saturday, Spirit is celebrating with more associates. The second part of the celebration will be in Stevens Point.
A 16-year-old girl is missing from Sawyer County according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Angel Marie Simonson is reported as an endangered missing person. She is a white female, 5'7", and 220 lbs.
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