sports

Adventure Racing in the Northwoods
5:39 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Stubborn Mule Challenges Teams to Keep Going, and Not Get Lost

A race this weekend near Tomahawk will test endurance and problem-solving.  The Stubborn Mule Adventure race asks teams to compete in a kind of off road triathlon that lasts either 12 or 30 hours. 

Race Director Paula Waite says the race requires navigating on foot, on bikes, and in a canoe. 

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Marathon is Boston Qualifier
4:00 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Journeys Marathon Draws Visitors With Northwoods Beauty

Runners on the full-length course at Journeys Marathon
Credit Eagle River Chamber of Commerce

Hundreds of runners will take to the streets this weekend for the Journeys Marathon in Eagle River.  It’s a race known for its scenic beauty. 

It’s the 18th year of the annual race, and organizers are proud of the fact that Runner’s World magazine voted it one of the five best kept marathon secrets in the year 2000. 

Kim Emerson is Events Coordinator at the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.  She says the race attracts people from all over the country who want to run in a natural setting.    

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Long Distance Race
4:13 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Rhinelander Native to Run Boston Marathon

Thousands of qualifying runners will compete in the Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014.
Credit JD via Flickr / https://flic.kr/p/86nxiF

A former Hodag track and cross country star will run in the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Lisa Nienstaedt grew up in Rhinelander and now lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she works in physical therapy. 

After setting records in high school she went on to run marathons.  This year’s Boston Marathon will be her seventh race of that distance. 

WXPR’S Natalie Jablonski spoke with Nienstaedt over the phone about her feelings leading up to the race. 

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Engineering the Bounce
4:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

In Mercer, A Basketball Court is Born

Action Floor Systems is based in Mercer, Wisconsin.
Natalie Jablonski WXPR News

With the Final Four coming up this weekend, many people's eyes will be glued to the basketball courts.  But have you ever thought about where those court floors come from? Most of the country’s wooden gym floors are made here in northern Wisconsin and upper Michigan. 

Here in the small town of Mercer, Wisconsin, a gym floor starts with unloading a pallet of maple planks delivered from a sawmill.

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