Letter to the Editor:

This past Saturday, May 4, the Eagle River Recreation Association (ERRA) hosted its first-ever family fun run, the Cinco de Mile. 

The event had 72 individuals preregister and 14 individuals register the day of the event, totaling 86 runners. The day brought sunshine, face painting, bounce house and many laughs to participants, including guest star appearances from Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, a Stormtrooper and Padmé Amidala. 

The fun run was either one-fourth of a mile or a little over a mile, which took place on Taylor Lake Road, through the snowmobile trail along Highway 70 East back around the Cube and ended half-ice inside the Dome.

Many area businesses supported this event. Without their donations, this event would not have been as successful. Cinco de Mile raised a little over $2,600 for the Ice Arena. 

Donating businesses and their levels of giving were as follows: 

Bantam level: $250, Sweet­water Spirits & Resort and Meyer Insurance.

PeeWee level: $200, Hicks Fuel and Oil and Ryan Manufacturing. 

Squirt level: $150, Boat Sport Marina, Eagle River NAPA, Eagle River Tire, Otto Fabrication and Towing, Otto Trailer Sales and Service, Redman-Gelinas Eye Care, Sixel’s Martial Arts and Fitness, and The Car Shop.

Mite level: $100, Adam­o­vich Appraisals, Eagle River Animal Hospital and Re/Max Property Pros.

Other donations included: Trig’s donation of water for our Yoda Hut, Eagle Baking Co. donation of cookies for all runners, Falcons donation of beer tokens for all adults over the age of 21 who participated in the run and additional sales, Schilleman Bus Service donating the bus to ensure the safety of all participants, Eagle River Police Department providing two squad cars for safety and hanging around to allow children to talk with them and check out their vehicles, Jessica’s Cucina donating the food truck, and Country Store providing Swedish Fish for all runners.

Also, kudos to Señora Mors-Egan, Josie Silber, Jen Adamovich, Abbey Stecker, the high school boys and girls hockey teams and Mary Mors of Boat Sport Marina, Laura Korando of Eagle Waters and Alicia Otto of Otto Trailer Sales and Service as volunteers. And hats off to Dave for keeping the rink in top shape.

The Eagle River Dome is not only for individuals who skate, but also for the community. Hopefully the fun run will become an annual event for the community to come on out and enjoy the arena. After a long winter, it’s always nice to finally put away all the winter gear and break out those gym shoes and enjoy the spring.

Genevieve Hicks

Eagle River