The sixth annual Moonlight 5K Run/Walk in Eagle River will be this Saturday, July 13, in downtown Eagle River. 

Activities begin at 6 p.m. with a youth carnival, music and family fun. At 9 p.m., there wil be a 1K Sunset Run for children ages 10 and under, followed by the 5K at 10 p.m.

All of the proceeds from this event will be used for the operation of the Pines Community Wellness Center, located in the Northland Pines Middle and High School. 

To register, visit ac­ and search for “Moonlight 5K Run/Walk.”

Cost to register is $30, and online registration is available until Saturday, July 13, at noon. Anyone wanting to register after that will need to do so at the start/finish line between 6 and 9:30 p.m. the night of the run. Registration fees must be paid in cash at the event. 

New this year

A raffle will be offered to participants, giving ticketholders the chance to win a Specialized CrossTrail Disc Mechanical bike from Forever Young Bike and Ski, an annual family membership to the Pines Community Wellness Center, a two-night stay at Wild Eagle Lodge and gift baskets from Eagle River Roasters. 

Raffle tickets are now on sale at all Northland Pines School District offices and the Pines Community Wellness Center at a cost of $5 each or five for $20. They will also be available the night of the run if there are any left. The drawing will take place just before the start of the 5K on July 13 at 9:30 p.m. Ticketholders do not need to be present to win.

About the race

Volunteers and lit mile markers will help direct runners through downtown streets and past Yellow Birch and Silver lakes. The course offers slight changes of elevation and some small hills.

Headlamps and flashlights are encouraged as some areas are not very well lit. Each participant will receive a glow necklace and T-shirt as supplies allow.

“My family and I have run in the majority of races for 5K/10K/half-marathons in our North Woods area,” said past participant Jaclyn Kay. “I don’t think there is a better 5K. Love that this is a nighttime run — it’s a fun change of pace!”

Both the 1K Kids Fun Run and the Moonlight 5K will begin and end on Railroad Street in Eagle River.

In addition to the T-shirts, all children taking part in the 1K fun run will receive finisher medals. Strollers and wagons are welcome in that run, but pets must be left at home.

Awards to follow

An award ceremony will follow the 5K, including a plaque for top male and female overall runners. Finisher medals will be awarded to all participants who finish the race. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top first-, second- and third-place finishers in each age group for both males and females. Age groups are: 12 and younger, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, and 80 and older.

A water station will be located at the intersection of East Sheridan Street and Silver Lake Road. Restrooms will be available at the start/finish line. Water will be provided to participants at the finish line as well.

For more information on the run, visit­­ness­cen­ter/moon­­light-run.