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Race Day Updates – Registration Rules

With registration to most of the distance events at or very near capacity, we wanted to give a quick update on some rule changes that you’ll want to be aware of prior to race day.

  • Right now the only way you can still get into the half marathon is via Run For a Reason. Go to our website to sign up.
  • DO NOT sign up for the full and try to switch to the half. If you attempt to do this, the interface won’t allow it because you will be registering after April 13, which is when we turned that option off. If you registered prior, you would be able to switch.
  • Also, DO NOT sign up for the full and just run the half. We will be disqualifying people for that this year and I don’t want to see anyone run 13.1 miles and then get disqualified.

We limit the registration on these races for the safety of all of our runners. Last year’s Sunday start line was very congested and we received many complaints. We listened to your input and have moved the mini-marathon to Saturday and capped our events for the safety and enjoyment of all of our runners.

Love to Run Program Gets Kids Moving

The Love to Run (L2R) program was developed as a partnership between the Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay and the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon for the purpose of increasing youth interest in the sport of running and increasing youth participation in the 2.62 mile mini-marathon.

Students in first through eighth grades participate in a six-week program that covers running basics and simple nutrition, with an overall goal to make running fun.

“The L2R program was not developed to build world-class distance runners,” said Stacy Ryan, the L2R program director for the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. “Rather it was developed to engage youth in a positive free time activity that can turn into a lifelong healthy lifestyle hobby.”

The framework remains constant throughout all sessions, with the only changes and adjustments coming in the heart rate activity, daily distance run/walk, and the question of the day. Other heart rate activities can be substituted for those listed, as long as all youth are able to be successful in completing them.

“We have approximately 25 schools involved in the 2010 Love to Run program,” said Ryan. “In 2008 there were only eight. Everyone is very excited, especially the kids.”

Schools joining this year felt the 2.62-mile distance was a better opportunity for younger students than the 5K distance from previous years.

Both the East and West Boys & Girls Clubs are participating as well as the following schools: Aldo Leopold Community School, Bay Harbor (Suamico), Crivitz School, Dickinson Elementary School, Fort Howard Elementary, Hillcrest Elementary, Holy Cross Elementary School, Howard Elementary School, Kaukauna School District, Martin Elementary, McAuliffe Elementary, Project Youth/LSS Sheboygan, Providence Academy, Redeemer Lutheran School, St. John’s Middle School/Appleton, Sunnyside Elementary School, Washington Middle School, Wequiock Elementary, Wisconsin International School  and Zion Lutheran School of Wayside.

Cellcom Green Bay Marathon Distance Events Nearly Full

Full Marathon at 75% Capacity, Half at 90%

 Time is running out to register for the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon distance events. Both the half and full events are reaching capacity, with the full marathon, capped at 2,000 participants, approximately 75% full and the half marathon, capped at 5,000 participants, 90% full.

The distance events, which will take place on Sunday, May 16, are limited for the safety of participants.

“The goal of capping races is to provide a better overall experience for the runners and ensure their safety,” said Sean Ryan, race director for the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. “Together with the mini-marathon being held on Saturday, we will hopefully alleviate some of the congestion around the start line that we had experienced in past years.”’

The start line has also been moved closer to Oneida Street on Lombardi Avenue to create a larger starting corral and help with the crowding problem. Other course changes include: the marathon route passing through Downtown Green Bay on the new City Deck and the last mile of the marathon, marathon relay and half marathon approaching Lambeau along Armed Forces Drive in front of the Resch Center, rather than Potts Avenue. 

Distance events will begin at 7 a.m. on Sunday, a half hour earlier than previous years.

Real Stories from Real Runners – Finding Fuel and No Regrets

We first heard from Kelly with her post, “Holy Crap! My pants don’t fit!”. Now she tells us about her biggest training challenge and the best advice she’s recieved so far.

So far the training is going good. The biggest challenge I have faced during training is figuring out what I can and cannot eat or drink before/during/after I run.

Since I’m new to running distances over 4 miles, fueling my runs has been challenging at times depending on the distance I am going to go. I have discovered that I usually can run 6 miles before I feel like I need that extra fuel to keep me going. I have been experimenting with gels and what ones taste good and agree with my stomach. Some definitely go down easier than others and most provide me with the extra burst of fuel I need to keep me going. (By the way….Chocolate Mint GU is fantastic!! I hope that flavor will be at GB!)

The best training advice I’ve received so far is “You won’t regret going for a run.” There are days where you know the run isn’t going to go that great and beforehand, try to talk yourself out of it. But even a bad run is better than no run at all. Even after those days where the run didn’t go as planned, I feel like I’ve accomplished something….more than I would have just sitting on the couch feeling guilty watching reruns of Family Guy.

Kelly Alaspa

Volunteers Needed for 2010 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon

Opportunities available throughout race week

The 2010 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon is seeking volunteers for a variety of activities and services for the eleventh annual event, which takes place May 14-16. Opportunities include, but are not limited to, packet assembly, goodie bag stuffing, expo staff, greeters, start and finish line crews, food tent staff, course security, clean-up, information booth and more. A full listing of volunteer openings is available online.

“The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon is fortunate to have many repeat volunteers year after year. With the move to a two-day format this year, we will need additional support from the community to support our event,” said Jody Weyers, volunteer coordinator for the marathon. “One of the best things is families and friends have the opportunity to volunteer together and there is truly a volunteer opportunity for everyone.”

Volunteers will be trained at orientation prior to race weekend on Thursday, May 13 at Tom, Dick & Harry’s, 835 Potts Ave., Green Bay. The orientation runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and gives volunteers a chance to pick up their volunteer t-shirt, meet the director of their volunteer area and ask any questions they may have about their volunteer assignment.

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the Jody Weyers, volunteer coordinator, at 920-619-8387 or register online.

2010 Marathon Relay Exchanges Established

The marathon office has established the four exchange points and five corresponding legs for the 5-person Cellcom Green Bay Marathon Relay presented by The Business News that will take place on May 16, 2010. 

The relay will include legs of 3.5, 5.9, 6.9, 4.8 and 5.1 miles. As the event has grown, the luxury of locating exchanges at specific mile markers such as 5.0 has gone away due to the need for ample parking and adequate restroom facilities. Teams are encouraged though not required to use the designated exchange points. Information in their packets on race weekend will provide recommended driving directions to get to each location. 

Based on feedback from last year’s participants, relay teams will continue to provide their own vehicles to move between exchanges and there will be no shuttle buses. Marathon officials expect as many as 150 relay teams, or 750 people, to take part in that event this year. 

Click HERE for detailed information on the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon Relay presented by The Business News.

Sean Ryan
Race Director

2010 Course Maps Now Available

Course maps for all 2010 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon events are now available.

The new 2.62 mile mini marathon features a start line on Lombardi Avenue in front of Lambeau Field and finishes in the Lambeau Field parking lot using the same finish line as the full and half marathons. Similar to the former 5k, the race will include a lap around the track inside the stadium.

The half, full and relay marathons have a few minor changes for 2010. The start line will be relocated closer to Oneida Street to provide a more spacious starting corral. The marathon route will pass through Downtown Green Bay on the new City Deck and cross the Nitschke (Main Street) Bridge instead of the Walnut Street Bridge. The last mile of the marathon, marathon relay and half marathon will approach Lambeau along Armed Forces Drive in front of the Resch Center, rather than Potts Avenue, which will be under construction. 

Click on the following links for course maps:

-Sean Ryan, Race Director


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