This August more than 1,120 runners and walkers came to Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley to participate in the Friends of the Hank Aaron State Trail 5K run/Walk. Among the crowd were 195 employees, family and friends on the Komatsu Mining Corp team which earned the company the title “Largest Corporate Team.” The company held this title from 2012-2014 and then another area employer, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, held the distinction for three years. Bringing the trophy back had been a goal since 2014.

“Each year we have continued to encourage employees, family and friends to join the team in an effort to bring the trophy back,” said Manager-Social Responsibility Cathy Stagmer. “We’ve been coming close year after year; it was really fun to see the sense of company pride that participants had this year. Everyone was so anxious to find out if we had what it took to win.”

The Komatsu Mining Corp team was 7th fastest overall, with team members placing in their respective age division, including an 85-year-old retiree who took 2nd place in his division!

The competitions are all in good fun, with the real winner being the Hank Aaron State Trail. This recreational trail runs along the backside of Komatsu Mining Corp’s Milwaukee facility and it provides countless opportunities for recreation and fitness, improvements to the environment, economic growth, and the overall quality of urban living. Komatsu Mining Corp was a proud sponsor of the event which celebrated its 19th year raising funds to support both the upkeep of the trail and free summer Bike Adventure Camps for youth living in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Support of this event is one of the many ways Komatsu Mining Corp strives to play an active role in the strengthening of our local communities and neighborhoods. The trail is part of what attracts people to live, work, and play in our neighborhood. It encourages respect for nature and an active lifestyle, contributing to the quality of life of those that surround us. For more information about the Hank Aaron State Trail visit www.hankaaronstatetrail.org.