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A sea of red

“Imagine looking down and seeing a stream of red T-shirts going through our streets,” Patty Schachtner said at the April 21 Somerset Board of Education meeting.

That sea of red will be 1,328 people wearing Spartan T-shirts taking part in the first annual “Running of the Spartans” from 9-11 a.m. on May 9 in Somerset. The run was originally scheduled for Friday, May 2, but was postponed until May 9 due to possible unfavorable weather.

The K-12 district-wide fun run/walk is about inspiring kids, regardless of age or athletic ability, to have fun while being physically active. It’s also about giving kids more accessibility to free activities, Schachtner said.

Schachtner, Somerset High School’s health care provider, said the run has been in the works for nine months. Somerset is the first school district in St. Croix County to attempt a district-wide fun run, Schachtner told board of education members.

Prekindergartners through second-graders will run, walk or wheel a half mile; third- and fourth-graders will travel one mile; and grades 5-12 will complete a 2.5-mile course. The course will follow the high school track and veer into the neighborhoods surrounding the school district campus.

Kids will also have the chance to win a signed football from Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson, $50 gift cards to TreadMill Sporting Store, Spartan wear gift packs, PowerUp prize packs, annual park passes and more.

First National Community Bank is donating bananas for all participants, while the Lakeview Foundation is donating bottled water.

According to Schachtner, Healthier Together has taken notice of the “Running of the Spartans” to see if the model could work in other communities and school districts.

The event is sponsored by PowerUp, Stillwater Medical Group and Health Partners. All proceeds will go to Student Health and Wellness Fund.

For more information contact Schachtner at 715-247-4848 ext. 230 or at

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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