The race course wanders through the wooded hiking trails of Wanakee. The course takes you from lake level on a winding climb up 300 feet in elevation to Lookout Point, one of the Wanakee peaks. You than traverse a saddle to the second peak by The Lemon Squeeze. From there it is a dash back down the hill to the log cabin retreat and the perimeter trail back to the main camp. The last portion of the course takes you by the camp waterfront before crossing the finish line.
Proceeds from the WW5K benefit Wanakee, a 56-year old summer camp. Race fees and donations from participants like you provide capital for facilities upgrades and support scholarships to those in need.
Preregistration will be open from Spring to August 17th. Registration can be accomplished online or if you prefer to register the traditional way, you can download the registration form here and mail it in. Race-day registration will also be available, but you will lose out on the early bird rate. Additionally, there will be a registration table at the beginning of each camp week during the summer. T-shirts will be given to the first 100 registrants but cannot be guaranteed for late/race-day registration.
Awards presentation will immediately follow the race at approximately 10:15 am. We offer unique First Place Overall and age groups awards (3 deep).
Age Groups (M/F): 0-14; 15-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-up
Race day registration and check-in will run from 7:30am – 8:45am at the Rec Hall. There will be signs and guides for parking. The race will begin at 9:00am. Following the event, all participants are invited to stick around for the Homecoming fun, enjoy the annual chicken barbeque, and see what Wanakee has to offer. Child care will be provided during the race for registered runners.
Much of this course is off road and mountain trails. On the trails, participants can expect rocks, roots, quick turns, slippery surfaces, and small debris (as one would expect in the woods). Runners are urged to exercise extra caution when traversing these parts of the course. There will be medical professionals on site in case of an incident. Safety observers will be located throughout the course to guide runners and respond. Due to the nature of the course, strollers, baby joggers, bicycles, and pets are not permitted.