Winter Warrior 5K runners get a break from ice and snow this year

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. It may be the middle of winter, but one event is getting people off their couches and into the elements. The Winter Warrior 5K brought more than a hundred runners out on Saturday, and lucky for them the weather cooperated.

Every year the Winter Warrior 5K brings a different challenge for the people participating, because of the warmer temperatures this year runners got to run on grass.

"Mostly the course is clear, you'll be running on grass actually in the middle of January, which is a little bit rare," said Kevin Bauer, Winter Warrior 5K Race Director.

"In the past we've had some snow drifts two foot across the course, last year was a little bit icy so that was a challenge having to avoid that, and this year not so much ice but just a little bit of coolness, but probably a mild day,” said Jolene Hussong, a participant.

The 5k is organized by “The Desert Veterans of Wisconsin," a non-profit group benefiting veterans.

This year is the seventh year for the Winter Warrior 5K, Bauer says the event hopes to raise more than $4,000 for The Desert Veterans of Wisconsin. Proceeds will go toward helping all veterans with things like scholarships and emergency aid.

Hussong says she's made the 5k a tradition, she hasn't missed a single year since it began. The annual event also happens to fall around the time of her birthday.

"Couple years ago I had my 50th birthday and I tried to get fifty people to come and do it with me, I got 42 so that was pretty awesome, but I think it's a great cause and therefore it's a good opportunity to do something in the winter time," said Hussong.

"We're really thankful for all of the community members that come out and support us and help us complete our mission to help other vets through their times of need," said Bauer.