The 19th annual Journey’s Marathon took place this morning with the start line at White Birch Village. It’s a fun morning for us. WE enjoy all the activity and seeing the runners get ready and their families here to support them. Be sure to check out our Facebook page as I posted a couple videos from this morning.
It’s been a busy day at the village. We started our day at 5:30 this morning getting ready for the 18th Journey’s Marathon. The starting line for this Boston Marathon Qualifier begins at the resort. There were 102 full marathon runners this year. It’s fun talking with everyone in the morning and seeing the excitement build as the race is about to start. They begin with reading the Irish blessing and singing America the Beautiful. It was a beautiful morning today with the sun shining and the temp around 46 degrees.
Later in the morning we found this huge log under the bridge at the beach. Should be interesting removing it. Our dock day crew has an added bonus waiting for them on Tuesday; getting the log unstuck from under the bridge.
To round out the day the Friesema’s who are staying with us this weekend decided after participating in the 5K of the Journeys Marathon they also needed to be the first to swim in the lake!
John and I participated this year in the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce haunted house. We had fun creating a twist of a shore lunch. Instead of the fisherman frying up their catch of the day, it was the fish having their revenge and roasting humans. Thanks to our partners in crime; The Aqualand Ale House and Michele from First Merit Bank. Enjoy the pictures. Unfortunately the camera battery died before we could get many “in the dark” pictures.
On another blustery morning (yes, there were snowflakes in the air) the 17th annual Journey’s Marathon begins at White Birch Village. We are honored to host the starting line for the full marathon. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for some video clips.
The 16th annual Journey’s Marathon took place this past weekend. this race is a pre-qualifier for the Boston Marathon. White Birch village Resort has the honor of hosting the starting line for the full marathon. It was a beautiful morning on Saturday for the race. Much better than last year with the freezing rain. The race starts at 8AM and it is a hub of activity from 7:15 – 8AM. By 8:15 AM you would never know anything had taken place. It’s a fun morning.
The start of this years race was a wet one. Normally all the runner s do their stretching outside, but this year the rec building and the fitness center was packed with runners getting ready for the race. the numbers were down this year. Only 94 people ran the full marathon. Last year we had close to 120.
This past weekend Boulder Junction held its 3rd annual Winter Fest. The 55 degree temperatures last week caused a few minor changes in the activities, but fun was had by all who attended. In fact they doubled their attendance from last year. The snowshoe activities were hard to do since we lost so much snow on the lakes, in fact the lakes are sheer ice right now. They had 49 participants in the ice fishing contest, with the winning fish being a 25 inch Northern Pike. 36 fish were registered, so it was a successful day of fishing. Four big roasters full of complimentary chili were consumed along with hot chocolate and coffee. Other activities included: ice golf, a driving range, turkey bowling, and thanks to White Birch Village a frisbee golf course on ice.
John and I went to Fallison Lake nature trail today for snowshoeing. We had heard that it was a very pretty trail and it was. The trail is on County N across the street from Crystal Lake. It’s an interpretive trail so many signposts along the way with information about the area. When you’re up here in the summer it would be a great trail to hike.
Every winter Eagle River builds an ice castle. They cut the blocks from a lake in the area. They posted these pictures on the Vilas County Facebook page. Thought you might enjoy seeing them.
Tonight Boulder Junction had their annual Christmas Walk. All the shops are open with free cider, hot chocolate and cookies. There are sleigh rides, roasting marshmallows, Christmas Karaoke, pictures with Santa after he arrives with Mrs Claus on the fire truck, kids making ornaments and the lighting of the town tree. It was a beautiful night with the snow lightly falling and people walking along the streets. John was in charge of the details for the night and needed carolers to sing during the lighting of the Christmas tree, so he recruited the family to help him out. 16 of us donned elf hats and sang several songs. It was agreat start to the Christmas season.