Chase’n Chocolate 5K Race

Written by Karyn Powers

Grab your family and friends and mark your calendars for a family-friendly event that begins with healthy fun for kids and adults and ends with CHOCOLATE!

5K-Runners start

Saturday, May 13, 2017, is The Women’s Community, Inc., 4th Annual Chase’n Chocolate Fun Run/Walk in Marathon Park in Wausau. Expect as many as 300 fellow chocoholics to join in the excitement.

The event includes:

  • WIFC Emcee Dave Kallaway
  • Bouncy houses for kids
  • A 5K run for adults and youth 13 years and older
  • A 5K run for kids ages 7–12
  • A 1.5-mile walk for adults and children ages 13 and older
  • A 1.5-mile walk for kids ages 7–12

There’s even a life-sized running chocolate bar to urge racers on.

5K-Chocolate man and little girl

Race day registration starts at 7:00 a.m., with racing beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Pre-registration closed on April 21. Race fees now through race day are:

  • $30 for adults and youth 13 years and older (includes a t-shirt)
  • $10 for youth 7 to 12 years (includes a t-shirt)
  • FREE for kids 6 years and younger (when accompanied by a paying adult)

5K-close up kids run

Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers regardless of age.

There will be a variety of chocolate goodies available at the end of the race. A big hit every year are the chocolate-covered strawberries. New this year will be English Butter Toffee donated by Maple Ridge Farms.

5K-The goodies

Volunteers are invited to contact The Women’s Community prior to race day to help with setup or during the races or to assist with the very important job of putting out all the chocolate goodies for race finishers. Call 715-842-5663 to volunteer.


Proceeds from the event go to support the work of The Women’s Community, which encourages everyone to help in the effort to end domestic violence by calling out bad behavior when you see it, by not accepting the poor treatment of other human beings, and by believing and supporting survivors.

Major sponsors of Chase’n Chocolate include:


Karyn Powers - Marathon County Recreation SuperintendentKaryn Powers

Recreation Superintendent  |  Wausau / Marathon County Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department 

Karyn Powers joined the Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department in 1991. Prior to settling in Marathon County, she spent 5 years working for the Department of Defense in Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Services for the U.S. Navy in Iceland and the U.S. Army in South Korea. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Park and Recreation Administration and a master’s degree in Education. In addition to being the city/county Recreation Superintendent, she is a published poet and author. Karyn fell in love with Marathon County as a college senior when she interned here in 1979, then traveled halfway around the world to get back here as soon as was possible.  Email Karyn Powers

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