DAVE “CARL” BERNDT prepares to be a fool by running a 5k in Minocqua — at midnight.                                   submitted photo
DAVE “CARL” BERNDT prepares to be a fool by running a 5k in Minocqua — at midnight. submitted photo

     RURAL RIPON RESIDENT  Dave Berndt stood at Minocqua High School, all dressed up with somewhere to go.

     The 67-year-old sported a walker, brown suit with bowtie and an assortment of balloons.

     The snow was up to here, it was a bit foggy — and dark. Very dark.

     So what else could a 67-year-old man from rural Ripon do but go run outdoors? (Or, as he puts it, “fast walk.”)

     Some might call it odd. Dave calls it a healthy choice.

     The race organizers call it, “Only Fools Run at Midnight.” And, until a few months earlier, Dave had no idea he’d be one of those fools.

     But he can’t stop grinning about what he’s accomplished in a relatively short time. ...

     To read the entire column, see the April 25, 2019 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.