ANNUAL POINT BOCK RUN EXTENDS A HELPING HAND
Proceeds from registration and auction to benefit local man with medical expenses
STEVENS POINT, Wis. (February 1, 2012) – The annual Point Bock Run, a five-mile run held at the Stevens Point Brewery, will donate proceeds from additional race entries beginning on Friday, February 10, 2012 and auctioned on February 17, 2012 to the Casey R. Davis Benefit Fund to assist Casey and his family with medical bills and expenses. The Point Bock Run is scheduled for Saturday, March 3, 2012 and begins at 12:00 noon.
Casey Davis, a Stevens Point resident since 1998 and a graduate of the College of Natural Resources at UWSP in 2002, was seriously injured in a tragic work accident on September 20, 2011.
|Casey Davis running in the Point Bock Run|
“Registration for the 2012 Point Bock Run quickly reached capacity of 2000 runners in less than five days,” said Bill DeVita, President, Point Bock Run Inc. “We decided to re-open registration and add 100 race entries, all-the-while assisting Casey and his rehabilitation efforts,” explains DeVita. “Casey has run the Point Bock Run the last four years, and plans to participate this year.”
On September 20, 2011 Casey Davis was seriously injured at work when a tree fell on him leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. He and his wife, Carolyn, returned to Stevens Point in late December after an intense three-month rehabilitation program at Craig Hospital in Denver, CO. The Casey R. Davis Benefit Fund has been established to assist Casey and his family with on-going medical bills and expenses. Visithttp://www.caringbridge.org/
Registration for the 2012 Point Bock Run will re-open at 5:00 P.M. on Friday, February 10th online at www.pointbockrun.com. Ninety (90) entries will be available for $40. These entries will be purchased on a first-come first-served basis. Ten (10) entries will be auctioned off via EBAY beginning on Friday, February 17th. Check www.pointbockrun.com for details.
|2,000 runners gather in front of the Point Brewery in 2011.|
The original Point Bock Run was held on January 31, 1982, when 212 runners participated in 5K and 10K events. The run coincided with the release of seasonal Point Bock Beer. The course changed several times but in the early years, consisted of two distances, both starting at Ben Franklin Junior High School an
d ending either at Goerke Park or the Stevens Point Brewery. The run was discontinued in the early 1990’s.
For several years a group of local runners talked about the possibility of establishing a new race in Stevens Point. The current race directors approached the brewery in the fall of 2002 to explore the possibility of bringing back the Bock.” The Stevens Point Brewery, under new ownership, enthusiastically supported the idea and on March 1, 2003, the Point Bock Run was born again!
In September 2009 the Point Bock Run incorporated and in the Spring of 2010 was approved as a 501(c)3 organization with the IRS.
The race directors established a goal of promoting an affordable, well-managed race. Having run many races over the years, the race directors adopted the philosophy of a run for runners, managed by runners.” Learning from their racing experiences, they understood what separated the good runs from the so-so runs. Profit generation was not and is not an objective of the Point Bock Run. Any profits, however, are returned to the sport of running under the race’s mission of Supporting and promoting running and healthy lifestyles in Central Wisconsin.” The Point Bock Run is further evidence of Stevens Point’s and Portage County’s reputation for being a running community. Many state and national champions have run for UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point Area Senior High, and other local high schools. Stevens Point is proud of its Green Circle Trail, which features over 27 miles of running trails circling the city.