Moreland track meet is June 8 at NHS
By: By Mike Granlund, For The Telegram, Superior Telegram
Pat Moreland has done a lot in his life.
He was a state marbles champion as a youth; was a noted town team baseball pitcher for Poplar, which twice pitched at Milwaukee County Stadium; logged over 60,000 miles while running every single day for over 24 years. The longtime teaching legend from Lake Nebagamon has run numerous 26-mile marathons including the prestigious Boston Marathon three times. He has completed Duluth’s Grandma’s Marathon 20 times.
And he has spent various periods being a successful gardener, an avid bike rider, a dedicated walker, a tenacious basketball guard, and an ace golfer.
Each endeavor Moreland ventured into was approached with the same passion to excel. Today Moreland and his loving wife, Leona, enjoy the many memories and also the varied exploits of their grandchildren. His love of his pursuits is only exceeded by his love for his family members. Those include Pat and Leona’s nine children; Patti, Mary, Shari, and Karen; and sons, Scott, Keith, Rick, “Bear” and Don as well as numerous in-laws and grandchildren.
Moreland will be honored on June 8 at the 5th Annual Pat Moreland 5K and Mini Track Meet at the Northwestern High School Track in Maple. The 5k will begin at 9 a.m. and the mini track meet begins at 10 a.m.
Pre-registration is $12 per runner if pre-registered or $15 on race day. (A family rate is also available. Race day registration will be from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m.). Each participant will receive a commemorative Pat Moreland 5K/Mini Track Meet Tee shirt and kids in the mini track meet will get medals and have a chance to win one of two bikes to be given away courtesy of Olson Brothers Contractors of Brule.
There will also be kid’s games, including tug-of-war and water balloon toss events.
Entry fee is good for both events. The races are a fundraiser for the facilities at the Gordon L. Nelson Athletic Complex at NHS.
Jordan Johnson, of Lakeside, is expected to be on hand to defend her title in the women’s race. Johnson is the four-time defending champion as she has won each race. Iron River’s Ryan Lind, who broke Kels Moreland’s three-year stronghold on the men’s 5K last year, is expected to defend his title.
There will be awards for both men’s and women’s divisions with numerous age groups.
Major sponsors for this event include the National Bank of Commerce, American Family Insurance Agencies of both Nick Korhonen and Lori Severson Ronchi, as well as Olson Brothers Contractors.
To get entry information, contact Shari Olson at 715-372-5022 or firstname.lastname@example.org or “like” them on facebook: Northwestern Tigers Gordon L. Nelson Athletic Complex Association for information on the Pat Moreland 5K and Mini Track Meet or the Wall of Honor, which is located at the facility.