Point Bock Run
Modern Course Records:
Men – Ryan Meissen – 24:24 (2009)
Women – Breeda Willis – 27:52 (2011)
The original Point Bock Run was held on January 31, 1982, when 212 runners participated in 5K and 10K events. The run coincided with the release of seasonal Point Bock Beer. The course changed several times but in the early years, consisted of two distances, both starting at Ben Franklin Junior High School and ending either at Goerke Park or the Stevens Point Brewery. The run was discontinued in the early 1990′s when the brewery was sold to a national beverage company.
For several years a group of local runners talked about the possibility of establishing a new race in Stevens Point. The current race directors approached the brewery in the fall of 2002 to explore the possibility of bringing back the Bock.” The Stevens Point Brewery, under new ownership, enthusiastically supported the idea and on March 1, 2003, the Point Bock Run was born again!
In September 2009 the Point Bock Run incorporated and in the Spring of 2010 was approved as a 501(c)3 organization with the IRS.
The race directors established a goal of promoting an affordable, well-managed race. Having run many races over the years, the race directors adopted the philosophy of a run for runners, managed by runners.” Learning from their racing experiences, they understood what separated the good runs from the so-so runs. Profit generation was not and is not an objective of the Point Bock Run. Any profits, however, are returned to the sport of running under the race’s mission of Supporting and promoting running and healthy lifestyles in Central Wisconsin.” The Point Bock Run is further evidence of Stevens Point’s and Portage County’s reputation for being a running community. Many state and national champions have run for UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point Area Senior High, and other local high schools. Stevens Point is proud of it’s Green Circle Trail, which features over 27 miles of running trails circling the city.
The first Saturday in March is the selected date for the race as it is the last opportunity for high school athletes to compete before their track and field season, and also because it follows the American Birkebeiner cross country ski race.
A course that started and finished at the Brewery was a priority but the original idea for a loop course that crossed the Clark Street Bridge and Highway HH Bridge quickly died when the issue of crossing two sets of railroad tracks could not be resolved. The current out-and-back course is very fast, scenic and safe. It is closed completely to traffic. It offers both a fast, flat course for the competitive runners, and a social atmosphere for those runners who like to see their friends and family on the way back. It’s very common to see runners high-five” each other as they pass in opposite directions. The course has been wheel-measured” several times to ensure accuracy.
In 2009, the course was modified to accommodate a larger number of participants. The course starts and finishes on Water Street directly in front of the Brewery.
While the Stevens Point Brewery is the main sponsor, we enjoy the generous support from many other local businesses. We encourage you to support the sponsors noted on the registration form and website. It is through the generosity of all of our sponsors that this event continues today. Please notice that our race shirts will not transform you into a “walking billboard”. The Point Brewery is the only sponsor on the shirt. Please take some time either before or after the race to check out our sponsors booths and thank them for their support.
Have fun, be safe, and we hope you enjoy your Point Bock Run experience,
Your Point Bock Run Directors,
Bill DeVita, Nichole Becker, Scott Gralla, Pat Leahy, John Zajakowski, Julie Birrenkott, Art Oksuita