Runners, walkers Hit the Road at Road America this weekend

When you think of Road America, the first thing that comes to mind is autos or motorcycles with loud engines roaring around the 4-mile circuit.

Elkhart Lake will have very few cars circling the serpentine track through the hills of the Kettle Moraine area, this Saturday, October 28th.

Runners and walkers will take to the track to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, as well as have some fun.

Corporate teams have been formed, with more teams participating than last year and will support their team members before and after the event, with tents set up for each. Corporate teams had the option to purchase food from the Lions’s Club or bring their own.

The event will kickoff with registration at 8 AM, as well as packet pickup for those that have registered already through the website, www.hittheroadrun.org. Information and a schedule is also posted there.

Along with registration opening up, photographers will be on hand to take team photos.

At 9:15 AM the Kids Fun Returns and is run entirely in the Pit Lane.

Survivor photos are scheduled to take place in the Winners Circle at 9:30 AM.

Opening ceremonies with co—chairs Bob Lindorfer and Roy Pirrung begin at 9:40 AM on the track, under the Starter’s Bridge, at the VIP Tower.

Honorary survivors, Nathan Zastrow and youth survivor Clayton Meinolf will take to the area just ahead of the start line, with Nathan saying a few words. Both are entitled to be seated in one of the pace cars and lead the runners and walkers around the track.

Nathan has designated a longtime friend and his neighbor as he was growing up. His designee, “Skippy”, is also battling cancer and at one point was leading all others in fundraising efforts. His goal is to be number one in that category.

If “Skippy” does not take the number one spot in fundraising, he can be satisfied with being the first to cross the finish line.

Clayton accepted his seat in one of the pace cars, one supplied by Road America and the other by Sheboygan Chevrolet and is looking forward to the ride.

Nathan, 25, a tooling engineer at Kohler Company, was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin Lymphoma, as a senior at Oconomowoc High School. He believes, because he was an active athlete, he was able to successfully navigate the treatment and be cured.

Clayton was only 2 1/2 when blood tests revealed he had Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) and underwent 3 1/2 years of treatment.

Minutes before the green flag drops and the air horn sends thousands on their one lap journey, Chris Burg and her daughter Katie will sing the National Anthem from the Starter’s Bridge.

Beginning at 10:15, a cool down and stretching will be conducted by the staff of Yoga On The Lake and continue until the awards program begins at approximately 11:15 to 11:30 AM, both taking place at the Winners Circle.

Committee members advise that you arrive early to avoid missing the Kids Fun Run or the start of the Run/Walk. All events will start at there designated times.

Event registration is available the morning of the event, pledges can be turned in and food tickets can be purchased for those who are not part of a team. Each participant will receive a t-shirt and cancer survivors will be given one that designates they are a survivor.

Tribute flags can also be purchased to honor someone who battled cancer or is currently going through treatment. The flags will be placed on the final turn leading to the straight away and finish line and picked up on the way to the finish or afterwards. A large banner can also be signed and words of your choosing applied.

The Sheboygan South High School Drum Line will inspire walkers and runners up the final hill. Music will be provided by a DJ during the event.

WXER, The Point, radio station, will be on site doing interviews and broadcasting live to listeners.

This is the 39th edition of the Road America Walk/Run presented by area businesses, including sponsors, Road America, Kohler Co., Vollrath, American Orthodontics, Nemak, Nemschoff, Sheboygan Chevrolet and Sheboygan Chrysler and the American Cancer Society, with support from Baker Cheese, Watson Vending, Starbucks, Sargento, Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department and others.

See you in a few miles…roy