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Here's to an active future in Portage County

To our supporters,

Active Portage County (APC), the organization that created activities like Walk Wisconsin, the Hard Rocks Hike, Moon Walk Wisconsin and many other events is disbanding. The pandemic and the loss of several key volunteers has had an effect, and we must admit that those tents, tables, and five-gallon water jugs have become a heavy load for our committee members. This does not mean, however, that our mission to keep central Wisconsin moving will end. Wellness-minded individuals and organizations from the community who supported Active Portage County's mission throughout the years will continue the legacy Active Portage County built. Active Portage County will live on and support the health and wellness of our community through the established Happy Trails fund at the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin. Please consider donating to the fund to help support future efforts.

We are hoping another organization that shares our goals will take over some of our events, and in the interim, we encourage you to watch StevensPointArea.com for activities and events in the area that will keep us running, paddling, cycling, and walking.

Thank you for your participation with APC over the past 17 years. Our work was only possible because of our participants, volunteers, and sponsors. We sincerely hope that our efforts have helped you live a healthier and more productive life.

We look forward to meeting you on the trails.

Active Portage County

Active Portage County News
Upcoming Events
March 22, 2022
AFEX - Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

This in-person and online class is specifically designed for people with arthritis but is helpful for anyone. Gentle activities increase joint flexibility and range of motion to help maintain muscle strength and increase stamina can benefit anyone. Preregistration is required. You can join at any time online and when there is an opening for an in-person class. Classes will be held at Lincoln Center.

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March 28, 2022
Strong Bodies?

In partnership with FoodWIse Portage County, UW-Madison, Division of Extension, we are proud to offer the StrongBodies™ Program. StrongBodies™ is a national evidence-based community exercise program for midlife to older adults. The one-hour strength training program is held twice per week. You can join the class any time during a session. Pre-registration is required.

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May 24, 2022
Tai Chi at Wellness Spa

Easy to learn Tai Chi and Qigong movements, focused breathing & guided meditation to calm the body and mind and help promote relaxation, internal healing and overall wellness. No experience needed; a different class taught at a beginner level every week, so joining any time is easy and stress-free

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January 04, 2023
Flow Yoga
Embrace the flow of life. This vinyasa class will guide you to build strength, balance and flexibility as you synchronize your breath with movement. Center your mind and experience vibes of renewal in a lovely spa setting.
Photo from the Wellness Spa
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January 05, 2023
Yin Yang Yoga with Lara Olson
Join Lara Olson for this creative class that combines yin with gentle flowing yang poses. This class will give you a little bit of everything: spaciousness in body and mind, connecting with your individual energy and nurturing your whole being through yummy flowy movements and longer-held passive stretches. Expect to get lots of options so you can tailor the practice to your needs.
Class size limited. Contact Lara directly to sign up for class. Drop-in participation is also available, pay at time of class. Workshops are on a pre-pay, non-refundable registration basis.
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January 09, 2023
Sacred Soul Ritual

This weekly class offering is the self-care you need to start the week off right! Through guided meditation, ritual, journaling, music, and sharing, you’ll be led to connect inwardly and nourish your soul. This is a time to set aside worries, lists, and obligations while giving yourself time and space to reset. Escape to this sacred space to let go, feel, create, and belong so you can strengthen your intuition and connect with ancestral wisdom through ritual and sacred practice. No experience in meditation needed and all spiritual and gender expressions welcome. Come as you are!

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May 13, 2023
Take a Ride

Take a Ride 2023

Central Waters Brewing
351 Allen Street
Amherst WI 54406

Join CAP staff, clients and bicycling enthusiasts at Central Waters Brewing Company for loops of 10, 30, and 50 miles.

Paid registrants will receive sag support, water/snack stations, Central Waters Brewing Company beverage chip, and a ride Take a ride t-shirt.


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July 20, 2023
Group Bike Ride

If you enjoy riding with others, or want some help learning the trails, consider joining one of the group rides out at Standing Rocks County Park!

Trail passes are required for all riders. Riders may split into multiple groups depending on group dynamics and skill level. Meet at the trail head, ready to ride at the posted time

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July 25, 2023
Group Bike Ride

If you enjoy riding with others, or want some help learning the trails, consider joining one of the group rides out at Standing Rocks County Park!

Trail passes are required for all riders. Riders may split into multiple groups depending on group dynamics and skill level. Meet at the trail head, ready to ride at the posted time

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September 25, 2023
Monday Night Yoga

Just BE Meditation - Free class from 5:30-5:55 pm. By utilizing yogic technology to quiet the mind and connect to our breath, with practice, meditation can open awareness, quiet chaos, improve sleep, and benefit overall health while learning to give ourselves permission to just BE. This class is intended for ages 10 and up, no prior experience needed. Can be taken prior to Mindful Flow yoga.

Mindful Flow Yoga - 6-7 pm. This class will explore and use a combination of various asanas and practices to improve strength, increase flexibility, and enhance awareness. Please bring your own personal yoga mat, water bottle, and towel - all other equipment will be provided. (extra mats are available if needed). $15 per class.

Class Size Limited - Please sign up at The Wellness Spa front desk or call 715-341-3333 to reserve your place in class.


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October 01, 2023
Polka Dance at Rookies & Banquet Hall

Bring your dancing shoes and come out to Rookies Sports Pub, formerly known as the well known "BlueTop" and enjoy an afternoon full of great polka music!

(Photo from Chad Przybylski and His Polka Rhythms' Facebook page)

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October 04, 2023
Blood Drive

BLOOD SHORTAGE: The Red Cross national blood supply fell by about 25% in August as donor turnout dropped. Right now, blood product distributions to hospitals are outpacing blood donations coming in. You can help overcome a shortage by signing up to give at the Red Cross Blood Drive at O’so Brewing. Company sponsored by EXIT Realty CW and Focus Financial.

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October 08, 2023
Wonderful Water Half Marathon & 5k

Join us to run for the 3rd annual Wonderful Water Run in Stevens Point, Wisconsin! Starting at Pfiffner Pioneer Park on the Wisconsin River. The race course is incredibly scenic meandering through Stevens Point city trails & roads, around the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and past Lake Joanis. Whether you are a seasoned runner or it is your first race, we know you will love this beautiful course!

Photo by @patricia_takes_photos on Instagram
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October 14, 2023
River Run

The River Run is your choice of a 5-Mile Course or a 2-Mile course:

The 5-MileCourse takes off and concludes at Central Waters Brewing Co. It is comprised of a winding course through the heart of our downtown as well as a limestone-chipped segment of the Tomorrow River Trail. You will run along the Tomorrow River before heading back toward the brewery. This is a timed event and the top three M/F in their age group (10 year increments) receive a winners mug!

The River Run 2-Mile Course: This takes off and concludes at Central Waters Brewing Co. It is comprised of a small tour through our downtown, while crossing over the Tomorrow River. The 2-Mile course is UNTIMED.

Kids Falcon Fun Run: This is held in conjunction with the annual River Run, to help fund the Jensen Community Center. The Falcon Fun Run is a 1/2 K race that starts and ends at Central Waters Brewing Co in Amherst. The race is open to kids ages 5-10 and a small fee to enter. All Falcon Fun Run participants will receive a special prize. Sign up now, as there are no registrations the day of the race.

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October 14, 2023
Hike the Mead for Special Olympics

Join Special Olympics Wisconsin for a hike at the Mead Wildlife Area!

The Hike the Mead Course is a 1.1 mile loop near the Visitor Center around Dragonfly Pond. The trail is gravel and dirt, with 0.25 miles of boardwalk.

All Special Olympic Athletes (and their partners) will receive an award certificate along with Mead merchandise, snacks, and beverages.

This event is FREE!

To register for this event, please contact Sam De Roche at:

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October 21, 2023
UWSP Homecoming 5k
Lace up your running shoes! UW-Stevens Point Doctor of Physical Therapy students partnered with the UWSP Student Homecoming Committee for the UWSP Homecoming 5K race on Oct. 21.
Proceeds from the race will be donated toward the Marquette Challenge to help raise money for physical therapy research to advance physical therapists nationwide.
The race is open to students, faculty, alumni, and community members!
Free t-shirt if you register before midnight September 27th, 2023!
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October 27, 2023
Fall Candlelight Hike Festival

Walk several trail loops lit by torches. Watch character programs presented by UW-Stevens Point students. Enjoy snacks, explore hands-on discovery stations, and make crafts to take home. Join us for a fun-filled evening for the entire family!

The event is free and open to the public, with suggested donations of $4 per person or $10 per family.

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November 23, 2023
Festival Foods Turkey Trot

Spend Thanksgiving morning with family and friends at the Festival Foods Turkey Trot! Stevens Point is a new location of this great holiday tradition that offers a 5 mile timed run, 2 mile fun run, 2 mile walk and 2 mile dog jog. Trot will begin promptly at 8:00 AM at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. 

Shirts and bibs can be picked up at the Stevens Point Area Senior High School between 2-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22 and beginning at 6:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Click here to register. Registration includes a comfy long sleeve event tee, pumpkin pie, exclusive coupons, and post-race snacks.

Photo from festivalfoodsturkeytrot.com

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December 10, 2023
Yoga 4 Paws
Your $30 donation to The Humane Society of Portage County includes a Yoga 4 Paws t-shirt and the event yoga class held Sunday, December 10, 2023.
Register online by December 3 to guarantee a t-shirt printed in your size.
Help make the 10th Annual Yoga 4 Paws our best year yet! 100% of proceeds benefit HSPC!!
Photo by Justine Farnworth on Unsplash
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December 16, 2023
Adapted Ice Skating

Join us for the 3rd Annual Adapted Ice Skating! It is free, accessible, and inclusive, and all ages are encouraged to participate. MILC will provide assistive technology and assistance for anyone with a disability (and their families/caretakers) to ice skate. Keep an eye out for registration on MILC's Facebook and website.

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