For the Antigo Times
Race directors are preparing for the 37th annual 10 kilometer Tater Trot which will take place this Saturday (August 12) at City Park in Antigo. In addition to the 10k run, individuals of all ages may also participate in the 1 mile fun or the 4 mile walk/run. The 1 mile run starts at 8:30am and is followed by the 10k run at 9:00am and 4 mile walk/run at 9:05am.
Anyone interested in participating in the Tater Trot events can register online at www.antigotatertrot.com through the end of the day August 9 or Friday night and Saturday morning in person at City Park. The cost for the 10k and 4 mile events is $20 until Wednesday, August 9, which includes a 5 pound bag of potatoes and a tee shirt. Late registration is $25. Shirts and potatoes will be given to late registrants based on availability. One mile participants will pay $5 registration, with the option to purchase a shirt for an additional $10.
Race runners and supporters are invited to gather after the races to celebrate. An awards ceremony with door prize drawings for all participants will follow in the park.
All proceeds from the race will benefit Antigo High School cross country and track teams and other community organizations. Following a successful event in 2016, the directors Tater Trot presented checks totaling $3200 to area organizations involved in track and field events within the community. Recipients included the Antigo Park, Recreation & Cemetery Department; All Saints Catholic School; Peace Lutheran School; and the Unified School District of Antigo.
Last year Kris Borchardt of Weston was the first to finish the 10k course with a time of 38:39 minutes, while Stephanie Tainter of Antigo, was the top female completing the 10k course in 42:52 minutes. Kelechi Anyanwu of Milwaukee and Keah Mache of Antigo were the first male and female finishers for the 4 mile event. Drew Dahlin of Green Bay and Michaela Tomczyk of Antigo finished first in the 1 mile.
The 37th Annual Tater Trot is presented by Antigo Optimist Club, CoVantage Credit Union, and Volm Companies with help from the following yukon gold and silver sponsors: Aspirus Langlade Hospital, The Shopper, Draeger Chiropractic & Laser Center, PrintWear, Hyland Lakes, Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association, Insight FS, Subway, Community Health Foundation, Schroeder’s Gifts, Brickner’s of Antigo, Waukesha Bearings, and DeWans.