Active Portage County Hosts 5th Annual Hard Rocks Hiking Challenge

Registration is open for Active Portage County’s fifth annual Hard Rocks Hiking Challenge on September 28. The event will take place at Standing Rocks County Park, 7695 Standing Rocks Road, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Participants can choose from three distance options, 8k (5.2 miles), 13k (8.2 miles), or 16k (10 miles), through the trails in at Standing Rocks County Park. There will be rest/nature stops along the way, and a finish line pancake brunch.

“Standing Rocks is one of central Wisconsin's best kept secrets,” said John Jury, Active Portage County board member. “Many people think that Portage County is flat, and it is for the most part, but Standing Rocks is quite hilly, which provides a perfect backdrop for this challenge.”

The entry fee for the Hard Rocks Hiking Challenge is $20, if registered before September 13, and $30 thereafter. Participants registering before the early bird deadline can order an optional long-sleeved commemorative t-shirt, for an additional $12. For more information and on-line registration, go to or call 715-344-2556.  

Participants are encouraged to wear hiking or hard soled shoes. Those unsure of their footing might want to use walking sticks or hiking poles. For the safety of all participants and due to the terrain in the park, no strollers or pets please.

“Like Walk Wisconsin and other Active Portage County events, the hike is not a race, but rather a challenge that keeps people moving and active throughout the year,” Jury added.

For more hiking fun join Active Portage County for Moon Walk Wisconsin on October 12. Participants can choose from a four, eight or twelve-mile walk on the moonlit Tomorrow River State Trail. Registration is live on

Active Portage County is a non-profit organization which seeks to create a healthier Portage County by encouraging citizens to get active and lead healthier lives through programs and planned activities that motivate citizens to get regular exercise, while educating the public on the risks of sedentary lifestyles. For more information, visit

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