Not Just a Walk in the Park 5K Run/Walk

Date: August 2, 2018

Location:  Riverside Park, 700 Kilbourn Avenue, West Bend, Wisconsin

In the spirit of giving back and stewardship, the WB COLUMNS organization began in 1926 with humble roots.  During 1926, West Bend High School alumni contributed $50 to a fund used for book awards given to outstanding graduates and became the first of many scholarships for the organization. The West Bend High School Alumni Foundation was established in 1945 and solicited funds for book awards, and for a broader base of financial support.  In 1972, the West Bend High School Alumni Foundation merged with the West Bend Scholarship Fund, Inc. to become WB COLUMNS and distributed $16,550 in scholarships to East and West High School graduates.

Since its inception, WB COLUMNS has awarded over $3,000,000 in scholarships. In 2017, WB COLUMNS awarded $376,725 in scholarships to graduates of West Bend East and West Bend West High Schools.

WB COLUMNS is led by a board of directors and approximately 65 general members. WB COLUMNS produces several annual fundraising events including a 44-year-old tradition, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra POPs Concert in December. In 2013, WB COLUMNS launched a new fundraiser, It’s Not Just a Walk in the Park 5K Run/Walk, which is held at Riverside Park in West Bend in August.

The course is almost entirely inside West Bend’s beautiful Riverside Park.  The course covers paved, grassy and crushed limestone surfaces. Course is great for runners and walkers of all ages and levels. Chip timing is available for all participants!

Engraved brick awards for top male and female finishers.

Engraved brick awards to top 3 male and top 3 female finishers in each age group. 

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West Bend City Hall
1115 S. Main Street
West Bend, WI 53095
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