Wausau Metro Strong to host third Run to Remember 5k Walk/Run in March
WESTON — Wausau Metro Strong will host its third annual Run to Remember 5k Walk/Run at 9 a.m. on March 14, 2020. Previous Run to Remember events have raised more than $35,000, a portion of which was used to fund the construction of a memorial in Weston to honor the victims of the March 22, 2017 shooting. Runners in this year’s event will pass the memorial.
The course for the Run to Remember begins and ends near the DC Everest Junior High and winds through the streets of Weston. Participants will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt as well as complimentary drinks and snacks. Awards will also be presented to participants in a variety of categories. Chip timing will be provided by Performance Timing and race results will be available at performancetiming.com. For more information or to register, visit tinyurl.com/sty7jm4.
“Wausau Metro Strong is proud to continue the Run to Remember in 2020 as we pay tribute to Dianne Look, Karen Barclay, Sara Quirt Sann, & Jason Weiland.” said race organizer Cassandra Ambrosius. “We will never forget the destruction and pain caused on March 22, 2017. The Run to Remember is also a thank you to the Wausau Metro community for the strength and support demonstrated to all those impacted by this tragedy. Wausau Metro Strong is proud and thankful to the metro community for their loyalty and financial support of this event, starting with this year’s premier sponsor, Marathon Bank.”
Packet pick up will be held in the gym at DC Everest Junior High on both Friday, March 13 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday before the race from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m.
Volunteers are needed to help with race tasks, including registration, refreshment set-up, course marshals and clean up. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Cassandra Ambrosius at tinyurl.com/sty7jm4.
Wausau Metro Strong began as a grass roots group comprised of community leaders passionate about the mission to create a safe community for all. In the wake of the March 22, 2017 deadly shooting where four people were killed by one man, it left the area feeling vulnerable and unprepared for this type of attack. There was an overwhelming response to come together and do more.
With the support of the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin as fiscal agent for Wausau Metro Strong and an Executive Team committed to creating positive change around the mission, five pillars have been established to help guide the organization’s strategy around community safety: Being Unified, Being Prepared, Being Supported, Being Informed, and Being Educated.
Since Wausau Metro Strong was established the group has spearheaded change in legislation resulting in more protection for Guardian ad Litems, worked to update notification systems when there is a threat the community needs to be alerted to, met with leaders in the Hmong community to better understand cultural differences and eliminate racial bias and began establishing tool kits for local businesses around safety.
For more information about Wausau Metro Strong, visit WausauMetroStrong.org.