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2nd Annual Home Run race series takes place at Copeland Park

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Mechelle Landaal Mechelle Landaal
La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

More than 200 people ran into home plate Saturday morning, but they weren't baseball players. 

Home Run is a combination of 5k run/walk, 9k fun run, 9k Team Relay, and a kids race.

The 5k and 9k routes began and ended at Copeland Park. Both routes looped along the Black River and winded through scenic portions of French Island. Surrounded by woods and waterways both courses were filled with activities kept runners motivated.

Keith Lease, Chairman of the Home Run races said the races are great for many reasons. 

"I think it's important because it's such a family event. So not only are we having people out running to raise money for a good cause, we also have a lot of activities for people to see, so it brings the families down. Then kids get to see that it's important to live healthy and be active and have a good time," said Lease. 

For one runner, Mechelle Landaal, the Home Run 5K race marked her 14th race out of a personal goal of running 50 5K races before she turns 50 years-old.

"I started about two or three years ago, I was really overweight. So I started walking and that just took too long so I decided to start running. I started off at a quarter mile then bumped it up to a mile, pretty soon two miles, and then now I'm up to 3.2. I just set that goal for something to keep me going," said Landaal.

"The venue is just so great, to be able to start and finish at home plate in the Loggers stadium is amazing,"  said Lease. 

The event featured: live music, face painting, local celebrity dunk tank, a family fun zone, raffle for Packer tickets and HOF memorabilia, and "A Day with Loggers players, coaches, and staff."

All proceeds raised at the event help support Coulee Council on Addictions and the work they do throughout the community. Coulee Council is an outpatient substance abuse treatment facility located in La Crosse.

MORE INFORMATION: Coulee Council on Addictions

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