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WAUSAU (WAOW) -
People from around the world are in central Wisconsin this weekend for a number of events. From a concert on the 400 Block, to a 24-hour bike race, it's another busy weekend in Wausau.
"Pretty high energy, a lot of fun around here," William Vogel said.
Vogel's just one racer in the Wausau24, a bike race at Nine Mile Forest in Wausau. For Vogel and his racing partner Chris Krenz, the fun started Friday.
"It can be the middle of the night and you're riding and you come up on someone and you guys will just spark up a conversation and you'll decide to finish your lap with them and you might never see them again," explained Vogel.
This is the pairs seventh year participating in the Wausau24. It's a bicycle race where riders compete in three categories, a 6, 12, or 24 hour race. Bikers have to cover as much distance as they can in that amount of time. Vogel and Krenz say they're doing the two man 12-hour race.
"You know you're in it for the long haul, it's not a quick 20-miler it's a long 100-miler," said Krenz.
Event organizers spent all day setting up and getting ready for the more than 1,200 people they expect to attend.
"It's a really social event for a lot of people. There's a lot of great stories about people coming in from all over the country to reunite with your friends, spend the weekend together, do some racing," said Race Director Adam Schmidt.
Across town, the 400 Block is packed with action. The "Why Not Wausau? concert will be held Saturday night. It will feature two indie rock bands. Organizers say their goal is to bring people to the Wausau area to show them all that it has to offer.
"We've scaled down the music a little but we still try to bring something new to the area, new sounds, new music," said Why Not Wausau? Event organizer Gerald Mortensen.
So no matter what you prefer, it seems like there's something for everyone this weekend in Wausau.
The Wausau24 Bike Race begins at 10 a.m. Saturday morning at Nine Mile Forest. Registration is open until then. Spectators are welcome.
The Why Not Wausau? Concert takes place at the 400 Block Saturday night beginning at 7 p.m. For more information click here: www.whynotwausau.com
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