Runners link up to attempt world record

Scrima part of this weekend's event

April 2, 2013

A record-setting attempt and raising money for a good cause are at the center of this year's Waukesha Trailbreaker.

The event, which includes a full marathon, half marathon and 5K run, is scheduled for Saturday and begins at the Schuetze Recreation Center in downtown Waukesha running along the Fox River in Frame Park.

The full marathon continues on the Glacial Drumlin Trail to the top of the Lapham Peak Tower before returning.

The marathon begins at 8 a.m., half-marathon at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K at 10 a.m.

The marathon and half marathon begin in front of the Schuetze Recreation Center and finish behind the building.

The 5K starts on the river side of the Rotary Building, north of the Schuetze Recreation Center. The race will end at Schuetze after the two laps on the Riverwalk have been completed.

The full marathon costs $55; half marathon $45 and 5K $35.

Registration is available on race day.

In an interesting twist to this year's event a team of 100 runners will try to set a new Guinness World Record for "the most runners linked together to complete a half marathon."

The team is led by City of Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima and Robin Gohsman.

Scrima, an avid runner, has taken part in the Chicago and Disney marathons, while Gohsman organized the successful Guinness World Record attempt for "the most runners linked together to complete a marathon" in 2011 at the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon.

To set the record, the group will have to complete the entire half-marathon course connected for the duration of the 13.1 mile run. A rope will be threaded through carabineers that each of the runners will have attached to their running belts. The runners will need to stay attached in their positions from the beginning of the run to the end, which is expected to go almost three hours.

If one of the runners withdraws due to injury or an equipment malfunction, the record attempt will be unsuccessful.

The team had a practice training run on Saturday.

Besides the record goal, the runners have another goal in mind: to raise money for LifeStriders, a nonprofit organization that provides life-enhancing, physical and psychological experiences and services to individuals with special needs through therapeutic horseback riding sessions. It has a youth program aimed at providing opportunities for community service and dropout prevention to at-risk youths in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Each "Team LifeStriders" member is trying to raise $250 for the organization. The runners had already raised more than $11,000 as of last week.

"Our team is excited to make a positive difference for and with others," Scrima said.

The event benefits The Park Foundation of Waukesha, created to help ensure the legacy of parks, recreation and urban forestry programs.


What: Waukesha Trailbreaker

When: Saturday - marathon begins at 8 a.m., half-marathon at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K at 10 a.m.

Where: Schuetze Recreation Center

Fact: Event is in its 21st year


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