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Willow River Run will be held for 35th year in New Richmond

Runners in the 2013 Willow River Run take off from the starting line to begin the race.

The 35th annual Willow River Run will follow the same course as the runners ran in 2013, which was popular with both runners and organizers alike.

The course takes the runners from just outside Mary Park, down 1st St., to 140th St. (5K race), to the New Richmond High School (10K race) and back again.

“Last year’s course was wonderful and there were a lot of people who thought it was great and really enjoyed it,” said race director Jodi Saliny. “People really seemed to enjoy the challenge of the killer hill that was part of the course, there was no complaining about that part of the course at all. This year, it will be the same course, but we are adding more to the race itself.”

Some of the things which are being added to this year’s run, which takes place on Saturday, July 12, are vendors, such as a coffee and beverage stand, Westfields Hospital staff giving away sunscreen and a massage therapist.

“We really want it to feel more like an expo with other things to offer runners and spectators than just the race,” Saliny said. “There will also be baked goods sold that day.”

The run also features a Kids Run which will take children around Mary Park. Every child that participates in the run will receive a medal.

The 5K and 10K races begin at 7:30 a.m., while the Kids Run starts at 8:30 a.m. Entry fees for the races are $25 in advance, $30 on race day, for the 5/10K and $15, without a t-shirt, and $20, with a t-shirt, for the Kids Run. Pre-registration guarantees a t-shirt. Participants can register online at or filling out an entry form and mail it, along with a check payable to Willow River Run, 1303 Meadowlark Lane, New Richmond, WI, 54017.

Another new addition to the event this year is the ability for racers to pick up their race packets and other race essentials from the race organizers at Mary Park on Friday, July 11, from 3-6 p.m. Saliny said the reason for adding another time to pick up the packets is to allow runners to get to the race on July 12 and just have to line up for the race rather than sitting in lines to pick up their t-shirts and other items for the race.

“The race will once again be professionally timed this year and we will also have online registering again to make it easier for people to sign up for the race,” Saliny said. “We will also have fun water stops for people to stay hydrated.”

Last year’s race sported close to 200 runners, but Saliny is hoping that this year they can get more than that.

“There are a lot of New Richmond people who come out for this race, but I’ve also reached out to some of the high school athletes to try and get more people to participate,” Saliny said. “The run would make a great warm up and way for high school athletes to stay in shape during the summer while they are getting ready for fall sports.”

Although the Willow River Run is most filled with runners, Saliny said there is a fair number of people who walk the course rather than run it.

“We really want to encourage more people to come out and walk the race if they want to,” Saliny said. “This race is not just for runners, it is for walkers too.”

According to Saliny, all the money raised from the run goes toward supporting the New Richmond trail ways. For more information, call 715-246-5444, email Jody Saliny at, or visit

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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