October 2, 2017

Joel Konze Best Day Ever 5K, 10K and Half-Marathon will be Nov. 11

Joel Konze Best Day EverAn annual run to honor long-time Sparta Area School District Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Joel Konze will be November 11 in Cataract.

The 5th Annual Joel Konze “Best Day Ever” 5K, 10K and Half Marathon will start and finish at The Longbranch Bar & Restaurant, 7509 Carmel Ave., Cataract, Wis. The run begins at 8 a.m.

The out and back route will feature a 5K turnaround (at 1.55 miles), 10K turnaround (at 3.1 miles), and Half Marathon turnaround (at 6.55 miles). See the course route at http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/gp/bookmark/view/id/6969389

No matter what the day brought, good or bad, Joel Konze always made each day the best day ever. When asked how his day was going, Joel would always respond, “best day ever.” Joel passed away unexpectedly as a result of a car accident on October 18, 2013. He graduated from Sparta High School in 1978, and worked for the school district beginning in 1986, starting as a custodian and a bus driver, and eventually becoming Buildings and Grounds Supervisor. Joel was also a constant supporter of the Sparta wrestling program, and helped coach hundreds of Spartan wrestlers for the middle school program. In addition, Joel took up running in his 40’s, and completed his 20th marathon the week before his untimely passing. A few weeks after Joel’s passing, a 10K run/walk was organized in his honor. It quickly blossomed into a full-scale event with over 200 “Best Day Ever” t-shirts sold, and the planning for a bigger and better event each year is underway. Please consider joining us to honor Joel’s memory.

Registration is available online at: https://register.chronotrack.com/r/33220

Pre-registration and t-shirt orders due Oct. 27. Registration after Oct. 27 is welcome, but does not guarantee a shirt.

  • $30 Registration fee per person for 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run – includes long-sleeve t-shirt and computerized timing. Medal for overall winners – male and female 5K, male and female 10K.

  • $50 Registration fee per person for Half Marathon – includes long-sleeve t-shirt and computerized timing. Medal for overall winners – male and female.

  • $25 Fee for walkers, others that do not need computerized timing, and those who want t-shirt only.

Updates will be posted on Facebook page “Joel Konze Best Day Ever Race” here: https://www.facebook.com/Joel-Konze-Best-Day-Ever-Race-276579746169444/