There may still be ice on Lake Winona, but run/walk season is already underway. This month's tolerably warm temperatures have drawn cooped-up runners and strollers to the lake in droves. For those who enjoy a finish line, a parade of "5K's," "fun runs," and fundraising trots are planned for the months ahead.
The competition was fierce during the Kids' Run at Fastenal's BK 5K last year. The coming months will bring a parade of local "run/walks" benefiting worthy causes from youth sports to mental health.
For many, running with a group provides the extra gumption needed to get out the door, and is just more fun. With that in mind, Live Well Winona's Mississippi Medley and Mississippi Mixer programs offer discount rates on race registrations and weekly group runs. More information is available at livewellwinona.org under "Get Involved" or by calling 474-9825.
April 5 - Delta Phi Epsilon 5K
Proceeds benefit the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.
Contact Katie at KGottstein10@winona.edu to register.
April 6 - Fools Five 8K or 1-mile run/walk in Lewiston
Proceeds benefit the Mayo Clinic, Hormel Institute, Masonic Cancer Center, and Gundersen Health System
More information at FoolsFive.org.
April 19 - Firefighters Five 5K
Proceeds benefit Muscular Dystrophy Association
Register at http://www.active.com/winona-mn/running/races/winona-firefighter-5k-2014.
April 27 - Raised to Life 5K
Proceeds benefit clean water programs in Liberia, Africa.
More information at www.facebook.com/events/257646357750741.
May 1 - Mental Health 5K
Hosted by Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center
More information at www.hvmhc.org/mh5k.html.
May 3 - Winona Global Trot 5K run/walk
Proceeds benefit Winona Senior High School students traveling to Ecuador in 2015.
Register at WinonaGlobalTrot.com.
May 17 - Bluffview Explorer 5K run/walk
Proceeds benefit Bluffview Montessori
More information at www.bluffivewmontessori.org.
June 14 - BK 5K
Proceeds benefit Winona area youth organizations.
Register at www.bk5k.com.
June 21 - Team Vogel vs. Cancer 5K run/walk or 1-mile run/walk
Proceeds benefit cancer victims and cancer research.
More information at teamvogelvscancer.org.
July 20 - Will Run 5K run/walk
Hosted by Great River Shakespeare Festival
More information at grsf.org.
July 26 - SMU Trail Scamper 5K run/walk
Proceeds benefit Saint Mary's University Cross Country program.
More information to be posted at www.saintmaryssports.com.
August 16 - Goodview Gallop 10K/5K/2K
Proceeds to American Cancer Society.
More information www.facebook.com/goodviewgalloprace.
September 13 - Morrie Miller 5K run/walk
Proceeds benefit Winona area youth athletics.
More information at www.morriemiller.org under "Fundraisers."
October 25 - Warrior Waddle 5K
Proceeds benefit WSU women's track and cross-country scholarships.
More information to be posted at www.winona.edu.