Kaden Greer celebrates after winning the children’s 1K run, held at 9 p.m.
Kaden Greer celebrates after winning the children’s 1K run, held at 9 p.m.
The fifth annual Moonlight 5K Run/Walk was held Saturday night in downtown Eagle River, with more than 200 participants.

“We had 198 registrations for the 5K and 17 for the 1K, bringing our total to 215 this year,” said Ashley Auestand, Northland Pines public relations coordinator.

All proceeds from this event will be used for the operation of the Pines Community Wellness Center.

Activities began at 6 p.m. with a youth carnival, music and family fun. In addition to the 5K at 10 p.m., there was a 1K for children ages 10 and younger at 9 p.m.

Both runs began and ended on Railroad Street. Volunteers and lighted mile markers helped direct runners through streets past Yellow Birch and Silver lakes. An awards ceremony followed the Moonlight Run, including plaques for the top male and female overall. Finisher medals were awarded to all participants who finished the race.

The overall winner and top male finisher was Nathan Koch, 38, of Eagle River in 17 minutes, 30 seconds. Koch was third last year. Second place went to Matthew McGill, 19, of Eagle River in 18:57. Third place went to Frank Milanowski, 15, of Eagle River in 19:32. Other local runners in the top 10 included Lochlan Siegmeier, 17, of Eagle River in 19:57 in fifth and Jamie Remme, 42, of Conover in 20:21 in sixth.

The top female finisher was Katie Heidke, 33, of Appleton in 19:28. She was third overall. Malia Remme, 12, of Eagle River was second for the females in 22:38 and Erika Mullen, 18, was third in 22:42. Other local runners in the top 10 for females included Jillian Gleason, 17, of Eagle River in 24:33 in sixth place; Martha Mila­nowski, 49, of Eagle River in 25:04 in eighth; and Holly McCormack, 55, of Land O’ Lakes in 26:12 in 10th place for the females.

The timing for the Moonlight 5K Run/Walk was provided by Tortoise and Hare Race Management.

In addition, gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to the top first-, second- and third-place finishers in each age category, male and female: 12 and younger, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, and 80-plus.