At 8 a.m. on Sunday morning, runners from more than 50 cities, three states and one from as far as Ontario, Canada will be toeing the starting line in front of Two Rivers High School to take part in the inaugural Aurora Health Care Two Rivers 10-Mile and Three-Person Relay.
“For an inaugural event, we are very excited to have over 200 runners already registered, many of which are traveling from outside of Manitowoc County,” said Scott Janksy, race director and Two Rivers High School physical education teacher, in a press release. “This event is about gathering a diversity of runners, fitness enthusiast and their friends and families together to take part in an exciting community health and fitness event.”
Event details and complete listing of its sponsors may be found at www.tworivers10mile.com. Runners may still register at Two Rivers High School packet pick-up today from 4-7 p.m. or on Sunday from 6:15-7:30 a.m.
“It was a collaborative effort of many to get this event off the ground,” Jansky said. “Our school and race committee is so grateful for the tremendous support we have received from our sponsors, volunteers, city leaders, Two Rivers and Manitowoc County Police Departments, Manitowoc County Highway Department and of course the runners who will be running on Sunday.”
Several of Wisconsin’s best runners will lace up their running shoes for the event. The 10-Mile field will include one of Wisconsin’s all-time greats, Pewaukee’s Dan Held, who despite backing off his training of late recorded the second fastest marathon ever by a Wisconsin resident when he ran 2:13:40 to place 24th overall at the 1996 Boston Marathon.
Held also won Green Bay’s prestigious Bellin 10k in 1996 — the last American to do so — placed third at the 1997 USA National Marathon Championships and was named 2000 ultra-runner of the year.
Jason Ryf, of Oshkosh, is another veteran standout who will compete. Ryf is a 2:19 marathoner, seven-time winner of the Fox Cities Half Marathon, and at age 41 recently placed third at last year’s U.S. Master’s National Marathon Championships with a time of 2:23:17.
Other notable runners in the field include Milwaukee’s Matt Thull — a six-time winner of Milwaukee’s prestigious Al’s Run — and Green Bay’s Tyler Sigl, the 2008 Fox Cities and 2011 Green Bay Half-Marathon championship and fourth-place finisher at last year’s Bellin 10K. Former collegiate standouts Scott Mueller (Marquette University), Thomas Wells (UW–Milwaukee) and Brad Theyerl (UW– Oshkosh) will compete as well.
“Having these elite runners in our field obviously adds to that excitement. They all have accomplished so much at the collegiate, national and even international levels. And to top it off, they are some of the nicest and most humble people you will ever meet,” Jansky said. “I can’t thank them, and our entire field of individual and relay runners, enough for taking part in this inaugural event and helping establish a foundation we can build upon for years to come. Sunday will be a fun and exciting day in Two Rivers.”