Hank Aaron State Trail 5K returns Saturday, August 11
The 19th annual event will raise funds to support major trail initiatives
The Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail, a nonprofit group dedicated to sustaining and enhancing the trail, will host the 19th Annual Hank Aaron State Trail 5K Run/Walk, the Trail’s signature fundraising event, on Saturday, August 11 at 8:30 a.m.
The 19th annual event is a family-friendly run/walk for people of all ages and abilities who want to get active and support the Trail. Festivities begin at 7:00 a.m. with race day registration, Colectivo coffee, and bakery. The entertainment really cranks up at 8:00 a.m. when host, Jenna Sachs from Fox 6 News, takes the stage joined by Mayor Barrett who will welcome the more than 1,300 participants. After crossing the finish line, participants enjoy burgers hot off the grill, cold root beer floats, a silent auction, and entertainment by Latin dance band De La Buena.
About the race:
- Start location is at Miller Park near the Tailgate Haus
- 5k / 3.1 miles (USATF Certified) course and professionally chip timed
- Free parking is available at the Miller lot east of the stadium
- Pre- and post-race refreshments and snacks
- Every 44th finisher wins a prize in honor of Hank Aaron, prizes for top three finishers in fifteen age divisions, top male and female, team prizes
- All participants are eligible for door prizes
- Silent auction with a fantastic lineup, including: a room night at The Iron Horse Hotel; signed memorabilia from Hank Aaron, Bucks Player Matthew Dellavedova, and the Green Bay Packers; a Trek Bike from Wheel & Sprocket; tickets to multiple theater venues in town; tickets to The Shedd Aquarium and The Field Museum in Chicago; and more!
Event proceeds support all major Trail initiatives including:
- Sending 125 kids to Bike Adventure Campeach summer,
- Organizing Stew Crewsthat keep the trails clean from Spring through Fall,
- Art along the trailincluding the current project, the Milwaukee Road Monument.
The 2018 Run/Walk route weaves through the Menomonee River Valley in beautiful Three Bridges Park, through restored prairie with blooming native plants, and crosses the Menomonee River, providing a dramatic view of Miller Park in the home stretch. The route is steeped in history and is located along Milwaukee’s former rail and industrial corridor. The restoration of the trail and adjacent areas has provided greenspace for recreation, wildlife habitat, and improved ecology.
The Hank Aaron State Trail is named after one of baseball’s greatest players—Hank Aaron (#44). A man of enormous accomplishments and integrity, Hank Aaron holds more major league batting records than anyone in history and hit 755 home runs, many of them as a Milwaukee Brave and Brewer. Hank Aaron also broke many racial and cultural barriers, and the Trail, which also connects the diverse neighborhoods of the greater Milwaukee community, exemplifies his legacy.
The Hank Aaron State Trail runs through the heart of Milwaukee and connects neighborhoods from the Lakefront at Discovery World west to the Waukesha County Line. The Trail passes by many of Milwaukee’s top tourist attractions including the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World, Harley-Davidson Museum®, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Mitchell Park Domes, VA Grounds, Pettit National Ice Center, and State Fair Park.
The Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustaining, promoting, and enhancing the Hank Aaron State Trail. The 13-mile paved trail runs through the heart of the city and is within a 15 minute bike ride for over 400,000 Milwaukeeans. The 5K run/walk event is the primary fundraiser for the Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail. Proceeds are used for trail maintenance, improvements, and to fund youth bike camps in partnership with the Wisconsin Bike Fed.
Recent Press Releases by Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail
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