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ANNUAL POINT BOCK RUN THIS SATURDAY

For Immediate Release

STEVENS POINT,Wis.  (February 28, 2012) – The annual Point Bock Run, a five-mile run held at the Stevens Point Brewery is on tap for this Saturday starting at noon.

This year, beginning on January 1st, 2012 the Point Bock Run’s available 2,000 entries were filled in five days.  On February 10th, an additional 90 entries were filled in four minutes.  Then 10 charitable entries were available for auction on Ebay for three days. Proceeds from additional race entries and auction were donated to the Casey R. Davis Benefit Fund to assist Casey and his family with medical bills and expenses.

Casey Davis, a Stevens Point resident since 1998 and a graduate of the College of Natural Resources at UWSP in 2002, was seriously injured at work when a tree fell on him leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.  He and his wife, Carolyn, returned toStevens Pointin late December after an intense three-month rehabilitation program atCraigHospitalinDenver,CO.  The Casey R. Davis Benefit Fund has been established to assist Casey and his family with on-going medical bills and expenses.

“Our Goal is to raise $5,000 for Casey and his family” said Bill DeVita, President, PointBock Run Inc. “The Casey Davis benefit is above and beyond our typical mission.  We will still have funds available for local organizations that support and promote running and healthy lifestyles inCentral Wisconsin,” explains DeVita.

Returning Champions

This year the 2011 overall winners and course record holders will compete. “ George Carlson, the 2011 men’s winner, Ryan Meissen, the men’s course record holder, and Breeda Willis, the 2011 women’s winner and course recorder holder, will all be completing in the 2012 Point Bock Run,” said DeVita.  “The competition returning to the 2012 Bock Run will fascinating this year,” adds DeVita.

 History of the Point Bock Run

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 atBenFranklinJunior High Schooland ending either atGoerkeParkor the Stevens Point Brewery. The run was discontinued in the early 1990’s.

For several years a group of local runners talked about the possibility of establishing a new race inStevens 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.

Mission of the Point Bock Run

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 inCentral Wisconsin.” The Point Bock Run is further evidence ofStevens Point’s andPortageCounty’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 Pointis proud of it’s Green Circle Trail, which features over 27 miles of running trails circling the city.

For more information about the Stevens Point Brewery, visit www.pointbeer.com  or call 1-800-369-4911. Tours of the brewery are available, with schedules listed on the web site.

Time for a Beer Run! Place an order for curbside pick-up, available Monday-Friday 9AM-6PM, Saturday 11AM-6PM, and Sunday 11AM-3PM.
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