Hundreds of walkers from throughout Wisconsin, along with their friends and family members, have already registered for the fourth annual Walk Wisconsin, the Midwest's premier walking event, taking place on Saturday, June 7.


The 26.2-mile marathon takes place on the southern half of the beautiful Green Circle Trail. Half-marathon (13.1 miles) and quarter-marathon (6.5 miles) routes along the Green Circle are also part of the event. Training for each walk distance continues throughout the next several weeks.


The steering committee, volunteers and entire community [are] excited about June 6 and 7, when the walking world focuses on Portage County, says Brant Bergeron, Walk Wisconsin Committee member. We encourage all interested walkers to keep training and register for this unique event before the end of May. Encourage family and friends to train and walk with you.


The event has grown into a walking phenomenon. Since its inception in 2005, more than 4,500 participants have walked collectively more than 56,000 miles on the beautiful trails in and around Stevens Point. Events, programs and clubs have sprung up throughout the community, and Walk Wisconsin itself has received notoriety in the New York Times, Walk Magazine and Silent Sports Magazine.


Participants receive a commemorative t-shirt, gifts, comfort and nutrition stops along the way, a finish line celebration and medallion, plus home-town hospitality all day long. The per-person registration fee is $35 (after May 1). For more information or registration forms, call 715.342.2969 or go to


Kids Walk Wisconsin, with one-, two- and four-mile walks, will be held on Friday, June 6. For more information on this event, log on to