October 25, 2016

Joel Konze Best Day Ever 5K, 10K and Half-Marathon will be Nov. 12

Flyer for Joel Konze Best Day Ever RunAn annual run to honor long-time Sparta Area School District Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Joel Konze and benefit a scholarship in his name will be Nov. 12 in Cataract.

The 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). The course route is available at http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/gp/bookmark/view/id/6969389

“No matter what kind of day it was, when asked how his day was going, Joel would always respond, ‘Best day ever!’ He made the most of each day and made time for other people. Joel inspired a lot of people, and we want to do the same by remembering him and bringing people together to celebrate how he lived his life,” said Pat Olbert, an event organizer and colleague.

“It is particularly appropriate to remember and honor Joel with a race,” said John Hendricks, Superintendent and an event organizer. “He was an avid and enthusiastic runner who shared his enthusiasm with everyone around him.”

“To me the ‘Best Day Ever Run’ is a reminder that true friendships can be a very rare thing. If you’re lucky enough to have a few good friends, cherish them,” said Mike Montgomery, an event organizer. “The race is also a reminder to enjoy life and live it with enthusiasm like Joel did. Never forget those that are close and important to you.”

Registration is available online at: http://bestdayeverrun-walk.eventbrite.com

Pre-registration and t-shirt orders are due Oct. 30. Registration after Oct. 30 is welcome, but does not guarantee a shirt. Registration closes on Nov. 8 with a limited number of day-of-event timing chips for participants.

T-shirt pick-up is at the Sparta Area School that you select in registration Nov. 10 or 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or at the event on Nov. 12 from 7 to 7:45 a.m. Chip timing bib pick-up at the event on Nov. 12 is from 7 to 7:45 a.m.

If you are unable to attend but would still like to make a donation, please go: http://bestdayeverrun-walk.eventbrite.com and select “Donation” when registering.

All donations of $25 or more will receive a T-Shirt.

There are no refunds or exchanges for this event. Money will be used for Joel Konze Scholarship Fund.

Non-perishable food items will also be collected at start/finish line.

Thank you to: Chippewa Valley Sporting Goods, Super 8, Kwik Trip, S & S Distributing, Sparta Wrestling Club, REALiving, Mathews Archery Inc., Fit 4 Life, and Ranjit Grewal Foundation