Motivating Central Wisconsin to live healthier, more active lives by producing and promoting challenging aerobic activities and recreational resources that encourage active lifestyles.
What is your favorite way to be active? Get out and get moving in Portage County, Wisconsin. Explore the wonderful ways to stay moving and healthy on foot or bike in the Central Wisconsin region. Register and train for an upcoming event with family and friends, or just explore the trails and routes for fun.
Being active helps reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes, stress-related issues and other health problems stemming from being sedentary. Find fun ways to reduce your risk, and participate in local health and fitness events, like Walk Wisconsin.
Held annually the first Saturday in June each year, Walk Wisconsin is the premier walking event in the Midwest! This is a non-competitive event, encouraging walkers of all ages and ability levels. The full, 3/4, 1/2 and 1/4 marathon events utilize the scenic Green Circle Trail which passes the Wisconsin River, Plover River, several lakes, and unique ecosystems. The trail base for all routes include a combination of wood chips, crushed granite, road surface and wood boardwalk.
Please be at the Pfiffner Park bandshell 1/2 hour before transportation starts for your event.
Comfort stops are open based on official start times and are available approximately every 3 miles. If you start earlier than the scheduled time for your specific event, there is no guarantee of food/beverages at the stops and transportation is your responsibility.
No strollers or pets for any marathon event.
Finish line picnic/entertainment at Pfiffner Park Bandshell: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
All registered attendees are required to check-in before walking. At check-in participants will be given a sports sack, t-shirt, course map, event information and participant number/wristband.
Stevens Point will be hosting the 9th Annual Walk Wisconsin event Saturday, June 1 along the Green Circle Trail. Walk Wisconsin allows all ages and ability levels to participate in a non-competitive, multiple distances walking event. Being the leading walking event in the Midwest it encourages people to continue to live healthy lifestyles all year long.
Walking is an effective way to improve personal health, lower stress, encourage weight loss and has many other positive benefits. John Jury, a Walk Wisconsin Committee member states,” It is a great, active way for families and friends to spend quality time together, while improving their health.” This year, there is a new distance that was added to the already existing options people can participate in. The ¾ marathon (19.6 miles) was added to the existing ¼ marathon (6.5 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles) and full marathon (26.2 miles) options. There is also a Walk Wisconsin for kids that include a 2.62 mile or 1.31 mile walk. Training schedules and registration forms are available for you at www.walkwisconsin.com.
Can’t find that motivation you need to get on track to living a healthy life style? A past participant of Walk Wisconsin shares her story on how this event positively changed her life. Her story will motivate you to go out and make those first or continuing steps to becoming a healthy and active individual.
Beth recently reached out to Walk Wisconsin organizers and shared her story, below.
It was February 2010 when I found out my glucose reading was 117! That scared me into action! Through a weight loss program's magazine – TOPS - I found your Walk Wisconsin event. It was February 2010 when I started training for the quarter marathon.
My husband then joined in. I didn't know if it was too late to change my glucose reading, but I set out to change the course my life was on. I did the quarter marathon in 2010. You did an article about me March 2011 in the local newspaper. My husband and I did the quarter marathon in 2011. I also participated in the Bellin Run that takes place in Green Bay which is only about 8 miles from where I live.
You helped to send me on a healthy journey I will never forget! My glucose readings continue to be normal and I have now lost 100 pounds. From a person feeling the supposed pains of a 90 plus year old to now someone who feels like she's 20 years old is amazing!
Again, thank you for keeping Walk Wisconsin going. My hope is that many other people will get their health back by preparing and doing the Walk Wisconsin!
My life has changed forever from disease to health! Thank you so much for continuing this program. I am one of the participants who is grateful!!!
Are you willing to accept the challenge? When Jodi Zdun’s mother died of a massive heart attack, she took action and decided to change her life. Zdun decided to participate in the annual Walk Wisconsin and one step at a time she continues to improve her health and move on to the next challenge. Read more about Jodi’s success.