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Willow River Run will have new course for 2013

Runners are shown getting ready to take off from the starting line in the 2012 Willow River Run.

A new course awaits runners who enter the 2013 Willow River Run.

The Willow River Run is the oldest and largest running event in New Richmond. This will be the 34th year that the event has been held.

The race will continue to have its traditional base and starting point at Mary Park. Registration will be held at Mary Park from 6-7:20 a.m. on race day, which will continue to be the Saturday of New Richmond's Fun Fest. This year the race date falls on July 13. The race will once again include a 10K run, 5K walk/run and kids run. The 10K and 5K races will start at 7:35 a.m., with the kids race following the completion of the 10K race.

There are a number of new features to go along with the new course. On of them is the availability of online registration. Runners and walkers can go to and click on the link for the Willow River Run to register. This link can also be found on the New Richmond Running Club website,

The Willow River Run also has a new race director. Jody Saliny has taken the lead on this year's race. Also serving on the race committee are Jim Heebink, Joe Kelzer and Larry Johnson.

The new course

Saliny said the new course was chosen for two reasons. It gives the runners a new course to learn and prepare for. The old course also had the entrants running directly into the sun for much of the race. The new course will limit the distance where the runners will face directly into the sun.

The previous race course took runners out to the Fox Run development. The new course will use the running trail that is adjacent to 140th Avenue, to Hallewood Hill, Richmond Way, and back to 140th Avenue.

Another addition this year, Saliny said, is New Richmond Clinic and Westfields Hospital stepping in as major sponsors for the race. An additional change this year will be a live performance of the National Anthem before the start of the races.

Saliny said there was an emphasis on placed on supporting local businesses this year, with all plaques and race T-shirts being produced by New Richmond companies.

Race organizers are looking for additional sponsors. Anyone interested in being a race sponsor, or seeking more information on the race, can contact Saliny at 715-246-5444 or

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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