Thursday, June 2, 2016

Kiwanis Badger Crawl 5K Run/Walk to Benefit Badger Camp raises $2,000!

The Kiwanis Badger Crawl 5K Run/Walk to benefit Badger Camp was held on April 30, at 8:30am at Moundview Park. It was a 5K course that took over 40 runners and walkers through the park and onto the newly renovated Roundtree Branch trail.

The event was sponsored by the Platteville Kiwanis Club, the race directors were Nikki and Jamie Klein, who were greatly assisted by the other members of the club.

The fundraising efforts came from two sources; local organization sponsorship, and individual registrations. All the proceeds were donated to Badger Camp.

The event recognized the top three female and top three male finishers, they are;
Females: Diane Drefcinski (26min 14sec), Suzy Klein (27min 2sec), Beth Wruck (27min 12sec)
Males: William Bowden (24min 24sec), Grayson Ghezzer (26min 16sec), Michael Hicks (26min 44sec)

The race also had a team component, where teams competed to see who could get the most participants. The UW Platteville Circle K Club won the team competition with 8 participants, led by their club president Caitlin Krause.

The organizations that sponsored the event, which we are extremely grateful to, are;
A&W Restaurant, Tricor Insurance, Livingston State Bank, Medical Associates, Southwest Health, Driftless Market, Wisconsin Bank and Trust, and UW- Platteville Circle K.

The Kiwanis Club is extremely grateful to all the sponsors for making this event possible, and for making it the success that it was. They are especially thankful to A&W Restaurant for donating a significant amount of funds that covered the entire cost of the event, and for providing their restaurant for packet pick up the evening before the event, and for donating a portion of their sales from participants.

The running of the event was a great success thanks to members of the Platteville community volunteering their time to help out the morning of the event, specifically members of the Platteville High School Key Club, the UW- Platteville Circle K Club, and the Platteville Kiwanis Club.

Located 10 miles south of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin Badger Camp is a non-profit organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities by providing quality outdoor recreational experiences. Wisconsin Badger Camp accepts campers regardless of age, severity of a disability, or financial situation.  Last year, approximately 900 individuals with developmental disabilities had the opportunity to experience swimming, hiking, camping, and making friends that last a lifetime at Wisconsin Badger Camp. If you or someone else you know would like more information on how to get involved, please call the Platteville office at (608) 348-9689 or visit our website at:

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