Root River 5K Run/Walk - Racine, WI - 2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017  @  9:00 AM   •  5k


Island Park, Racine, WI    view map


This is one of our favorite trail runs! The Root River 5K starts in the natural beauty of Island Park. As it follows the path of the Root River, the trail includes educational signposts that tell the story of the role of the river in the development of Racine. The pathway offers an opportunity to see Racine as it cannot be seen from a moving vehicle, to identify plants and trees native to the region and to appreciate the ecology of the Root River system. It also connects to the Lake Michigan Pathway which offers one of the most beautiful trails in Southeast Wisconsin.


 T Shirt

 Finisher's Medal

 Goody Bag

 Event Timed

 Food and Drinks





A kayak launch could be in the works for Linwood Park in Caledonia. The local company, who orchestrates an annual kayaking & canoe trip on the Root River wants to make the river more accessible to the public. The Root River winds through Caledonia for about 15 miles and is an absolutely beautiful experience for those who can enjoy it. Unfortunately it is almost impossible for elderly and people with disabilities to do that without an access point. We want to change that so everyone can enjoy this river for years to come. is organizing the fund raising effort to coincide with the annual 
Root River Paddle Challenge. Patrick Flynn, co-owner of says, "We believe that the kayak launch is not only going to bring people together but get people outdoors and hopefully off their phones and talking to each other. Between Linwood Park and HorolickDam people can experience this beautiful natural resource along with rapids and wildlife that include deer, beavers, eagles and numerous other experiences that most of us travel many miles to see. We have it all here in our backyard, unfortunately it is almost impossible to access".'s goal is to raise up to $25,000 for the project.  The fundraiser will be a year long event with hopes that installation can be completed in 2018, the 6th anniversary of the Paddle Challenge. Design options will be submitted to the Village of Caledonia based on actual funds raised however the organization's ultimate goal is to build a handicap accessible launch and take out for all to enjoy. Ideally the organization would like to see a second launch at Johnson Park or 4 mile road so participants can either avoid the rapids if they desire or offer a shorter trip. Presently the group coordinates an 8 mile trip from Linwood to Horlick Dam. That is the nearest take out but is not handicap accessible and is a 3 hour trip in most conditions.  Organizers say its one important step toward creating Caledonia's outdoor destination economy. 


Help and have some fun!  100% of  funds donated go directly to the purchase and installation of the launch. Funds are budgeted to breakdown as follows: 80% towards the purchase and installation and the balance (20%) of proceeds are retained for advertising, to offset event costs, offset merchant/credit card fees and administration. 

Contact at 877.570.4434 or for a full list of sponsorship levels and benefits.

Prefer to Mail in Donations?

Send to c/o Root River Launch, 4124 Mona Park Road, Racine WI 53405

Fundraising Progress
$25,000 (Goal)
$1,300 (raised)

Directions to start:

Start/Finish line at Island Park

Awards info:

All participants will receive a custom finisher's medal. Top three male and female will be recognized as well as the top male and female in respective 5 year age groups.

  • 9 and under
  • 5 year age categories (starting at 10yrs old on up)
  • Wheelchair Category

Packet pickup:

Saturday October 7th : TBD
Sunday October 8th : 8:00 am – 8:45 am : Island Park
(1704 Liberty Street, Racine, WI 53403)


• Adult Registration (Ages 16 and up) (9:00 am start)

$30.00    Expires 10/1/2017 11:59 PM

• Youth Registration (Ages 6-15) NO SWAG (9:00 am start)

$10.00    Expires 10/7/2017 4:00 PM

• Child Registration (Ages 0-5) NO SWAG (9:00 am start)

FREE    Expires 10/7/2017 4:00 PM

• VIRTUAL Race (I can't make it but want the swag)

$30.00    Expires 10/1/2017 11:59 PM