Active Portage County brings walkers together for one last Walk Wisconsin
By Josie Knuth
PORTAGE COUNTY – The countdown is on for Walk Wisconsin. The Midwest’s premier walking event is set to take place on the scenic Green Circle Trail on June 4. The non-competitive walking marathon returns to Stevens Point for the first time since 2019 and brings excitement for new and returning walkers as they gear up to take on a full, half, or quarter marathon.
This year will be the last Walk Wisconsin hosted by Active Portage County. Since 2005, Walk Wisconsin has celebrated healthy lifestyles through walking, an activity enjoyed by people of all ages and ability levels. While it isn’t a race, Walk Wisconsin caters specifically to walkers.
Participants enjoy the opportunity to walk the 27-mile Green Circle Trail which presents both a challenge and a beautiful view of central Wisconsin.
For many participants, walking serves as a step into a new direction of wellness, physically, emotionally, or both. Wondering what brings people to the starting line? Here’s what past walkers have to say about Walk Wisconsin.
“I like the challenge. I am a walker, not a runner. I like that it utilizes the Green Circle Trail when many events are on city streets,” said Beth A., a 2019 participant.
“The Green Circle is a beautiful route, and we wanted to see whether we had the stamina to do a full marathon. It turned out well. It’s easier to go for a long walk knowing others are along,” said Robert L. who participated in 2017.
“I enjoyed the whole experience. The exercise, the social piece and just walking the Green Circle Trail is always beautiful!” said Beth R., a 2016 participant.
“I love seeing so many people of all shapes, sizes, ages, and ethnicities all out walking together, each with their own story,” said Michaelene C., a 2019 participant. “Walking became a way for me to literally move forward from a rock bottom place in my life.”
“Walk Wisconsin is a great accomplishment, physically and mentally, and I love catching up with my friends,” said Tricia S., a 2017 participant, “What better way to spend a day with friends you need to catch up than walking 26.2 miles.”
“I chose to walk because I like to push myself to complete something that is fun and challenging. I also like to promote healthy lifestyles,” stated Desta K., a 2018 participant.
If you’re ready to walk, there are a few things you should know. As the premier walking event approaches, so does the end of the early registration special. May 13, 2022, marks the last day to register at a discounted price and be guaranteed an event t-shirt. In addition to a t-shirt, registrants receive a finish line celebration, medallion, rest stop refreshments, and snacks. All proceeds benefit the Happy Trails Fund at the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin and support wellness-oriented community events.