Money raised at the charity event will be used by the Friends of the Hank Aaron State Trail to refurbish and install a historic streetcar shelter at the new western trailhead in Underwood Parkway, just south of Blue Mound Road.
Work to extend the trail from N. 94th Place to the parkway and the Oak Leaf Trail will start in September, according to the State Department of Transportation. That portion of the bike and pedestrian path will be covered in crushed limestone, then paved after the reconstruction of the roads and ramps in the Zoo Interchange is completed in 2018.
The Oak Leaf Trail passes under the rail corridor to be used for the Hank Aaron extension. Photo by Tom Held
Trail users and managers have pushed the DOT to extend the pathway to the logical connection with the Oak Leaf Trail, and provide a route from the Milwaukee lakefront to the edge of Madison.
The Hank Aaron Run on Saturday will give runners and walkers an opportunity to enjoy the progress made on the path in recent years.
Like the trail, the run has grown.
More than 1,500 participated last year, and organizers expect the turnout to best that number on Saturday.
Registration will be open from 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., at the start area near the Klement's Sausage Haus in the Miller Park parking lot. The entry fee is $25 on race day.
In honor of Hank Aaron's #44, every 44th finisher will win a prize. Check this site for more details.