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Water Street Mile and 5K celebrates 20th annual race

EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) – Hundreds laced up their running shoes Saturday morning for the 20th year of the Water Street Mile and 5K.

Runners of all ages made their way through the streets of downtown Eau Claire to raise money for the L.E. Phillips Senior Center, a place where older generations have a chance to learn something new and get active.

Awards were given out to different age groups with the best times, some of the winners being as young as six, with the oldest winner being 89.

The center’s director, Mary Pica-Anderson, said it’s amazing to see all the support.

“If you were at the one mile you would not believe these young college kids that get together to come to this event and it’s kind of a reunion for them,” Pica-Anderson said. “They come from Stout and Eau Claire and it’s really heartwarming to know they’re willing to come out and support actively aging programs for us.”

News 18 was also a proud sponsor of the race this year, and wishes a congratulations to everyone who crossed the finish line.

Mary Pautsch

Mary came to News 18 in July 2019 from Sioux City, Iowa where she graduated from Morningside College with a BA in Spanish after attending Iowa State University for 3 years.

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