Author: Laurie Gerner

Honorary Starters: Brenda Endres & Family

The family of Rex Endres of Rex’s Innkeeper will be the honorary race starters for the WaunaFest Run this year.  In July, the Waunakee community lost a beloved business icon, Rex Endres.  Rex was known for his warmth, energy and selfless care for his family, friends and customers.  When there was an event or cause in the community, Rex was the first person to step up with a donation, food, or whatever was needed.  Rex was a people person and you were only a stranger to him once.  For 33 years, Rex worked hand-in-hand with the Innkeeper staff, days, nights and weekends, whatever it took to make sure that everyone felt valued and welcomed, just like family.

Rex’s legacy of love, family, kindness, generosity and passion for his community will live on through Rex’s wife Brenda, and children Rachael, Michelle, Austin and Jordan, and their grandchildren Lily, Grace, Ethan, Ava and Max.  Our hearts are with you always, and on behalf of the Waunakee Chamber of Commerce, the Wauktoberfest Committee and all of Waunakee, thank you for being a special part of our event.

State Farm Masks for Every Runner!

Presenting sponsor, John Jensen of State Farm, is generously donating State Farm masks for EVERY runner of the WaunaFest Run! They will be in the bags at packet pickup, from 4-6 p.m. at the Village Center (333 S. Madison Street; enter at Village Park on Main Street) and from 8:30-10 a.m. at the race grounds on September 18th. Thank you, John!

COVID-19 Concerns

We decided to hold the WaunaFest Run at Wauktoberfest this year in hopes that the number of people affected by COVID-19 would be diminished. With the insurgence of the Delta variant, you may be concerned about your health and safety at the Run.

Please be assured that we will be monitoring the situation and will follow all CDC and Dane County Public Health recommendations at the time of the race. This may entail wearing masks at the start and finish of the race where participants will be most concentrated. Since the race is outdoors, we hope the affects of COVID-19 will be mitigated.

Check back here for updates as we get closer to the race.

Commemorative WaunaFest Run Medals

The first 300 WaunaFest 5K finishers will receive a commemorative WaunaFest Run at Wauktoberfest race medal! (As pictured below) The top finisher medals will be slightly different, and will be awarded to the top male and female in the following categories: 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+

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