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The 10th Annual Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K
Here it comes—one of the very best spring marathons and half marathons around, and it starts and finishes at historic Lambeau Field. Coming May 17th, there is something for everyone: Marathon and Half Marathon, Marathon Relay, 5K run and walk, and kids’ runs too. Headquarters for everything is the Lambeau Field Atrium. Be a part of it and “Touch the Tundra”!

The 10th Annual Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Tuesday, 3 February, 2009

It will be your ideal race in an ideal setting. Yes, it’s ten years for this sweet gem of the upper Midwest! Race weekend in Green Bay will draw many athletes of all abilities from all regions of the country, May 16 and 17, 2009. For events that suit every pace and ability. Most importantly, this marathon and related events—exceptionally well organized and well administered—will insure every single participant is treated and considered the same as the best athletes. Each participant will be treated as a guest in the friendly Green Bay community. These events are among the best planned, best executed, most enjoyable and rewarding road races in the USA. Event Director Sean Ryan and his very able staff insure all details are covered.

Yes, the organizers of these six events have covered all the bases, from expo and pasta dinner to race support for every participant. You will not find a better organized road race, better or more interesting venues, or a friendlier more supportive staff and volunteer force. They have planned well for you, and they have the experience and attention to detail to make your race weekend a truly memorable one. Apart from the races, Green Bay is an outstanding location to visit and explore. Green Bay straddles the Fox River at the head or south end of namesake Green Bay, an arm of Lake Michigan. There is much to see and do.

The tenth annual Cellcom Green Bay Marathon is, of course, in famous “Titletown” Green Bay, Wisconsin. Lambeau Field is a national landmark for all sports fans, and these races start right in front of the legendary facility on Lombardi Avenue. The marathon and half marathon actually finish going through the stadium. Touch the Tundra!

This is really a three-day, six event combination of races anchored by the top notch Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. The six events include a children’s fun run, the WPS Kids’ Power Run (½ mile) on Saturday, May 16; the 5K run, 5K walk, half marathon, marathon, and marathon relay--all with simultaneous starts (7:00 a.m.) on Sunday, May 17th. There is something here for everyone, both in the races themselves and in exploring the region!

The Prevea Health Expo runs Friday 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The highly regarded pasta dinner, included with race registration, runs from 4:00 p. to 8:00 p.m. right in the Lambeau Field Atrium. Packet pickup is available all during the expo and right up to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday. Everything takes place at the Lambeau Field Atrium immediately adjacent to the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, also located in the Atrium, a remarkable and unique location—one of the NFL’s best known venues.

This will be the third year for the races to be headquartered at Lambeau with start adjacent to the stadium and the finish blasting right through it.

In the first year at venerable Lambeau Field, the race helped to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lambeau, which opened in 1957. The use of the impressive Lambeau Atrium for race headquarters was a stroke of genius.

For further information contact race headquarters at, or call 800-889-1859 or 920-432-6272.

There is a ton of information on the Website at regarding training, the charity running program (free entry), “Run for a Reason”, volunteer information, course maps and information, records and results, awards, how to register, and so much more.

Many Awards—and Cash Prizes for the Marathon and Half Marathon
There is $20,000 in prize money to be awarded--$16,600 of that for the marathon. Cash prizes for female and male marathon runners go ten deep for overall, and three deep for masters (duplicate awards are possible). Cash prizes in the half marathon go five deep for overall female and male.

Age group awards will be given to the top three in both the marathon and half marathon, and include two youth categories and then five year age groups through 80 plus. Additionally there are awards for Clydesdale/Athena and wheelchair divisions. The top three teams in the Marathon Relay will receive awards. In the 5K non cash awards will be given to the top five overall and top three in each of the five year age groups through 80 and over, plus youth divisions of 10 and under, 11-12, 13-14, and 15-19. Single age awards are given to the top three in the WPS Kids’ Power Run (4 and under, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10), or 42 in all. For all races there will be and unbelievable 402 awards provided.

The Courses
Before getting that up close and personal look at the legendary turf of Lambeau in Ashwaubenon--the Tundra--runners in the half and full marathon start just west of Lambeau Field on Lombardi Avenue, named for one of football’s greatest coaches. The course heads toward downtown Green Bay before turning back to Ashwaubenon and beautiful, mostly residential streets. The courses are joined until just before mile 12, where they split with the half marathoners heading west to Lambeau and the marathoners turning south along the Fox River. The “Half Way” party for marathoners is adjacent to the famous National Railroad Museum.

Marathoners continue south to De Pere before crossing the river on the De Pere Bridge into Allouez. Heading north along the river runners join the Fox River Trail, a paved trail which provides a very pleasant six miles of the 26.2. You will pass the beautiful White Pillars (historic home) as well as the Hazelwood House, another historic building along the river. The “Wall Party” will also be along the trail at mile 20. Upon reaching mile 22, runners turn west over the Walnut Street Bridge.

Just before crossing the bridge they will pass City Hall, and just after crossing runners will pass near the Neville Public Museum before heading south through more Green Bay neighborhoods and returning to Lambeau Field in Ashwaubenon. There will be clocks and timing mats every five miles. Water stops, also offering Gatorade, will be placed in 22 locations, with numerous aid stations as well.

Green Bay Today
Green Bay is home to about 107,343 in the city and 274,734 in the greater metro area. It is a port on the Green Bay, and, like all of Wisconsin, is shaped by water. It sits astride the Fox River which runs from nearby Lake Winnebago to Green Bay. It is Wisconsin’s third largest city. This is a dynamic region with a booming high tech and manufacturing base and the traditional meat packing plants. In addition to Lambeau Field and the Packers Hall of Fame there is a lot to see and do. It is a terrific town for running with public byways and parks. The National Railroad Museum is a true gem and should not be missed. It is one of the best, with over 70 locomotives on display along with a variety of rolling stock. Some of its more famous exhibits include the locomotive Big Boy, recognized as the world’s largest steam locomotive; and the General Eisenhower Command Train from World War II. And the Neville Public Museum is a must

The adjacent Door Peninsula provides a wonderful tour as well. The Door Peninsula reminds many of New England more than the Midwest, and has one of the largest concentrations of scenic and historic lighthouses anywhere. They guard the rocky coast dotted with fishing villages throughout, although there are areas of fine beach as well.

Extending from the southern tip of Green Bay, this 77-mile tongue of land separates Green Bay from Lake Michigan. At the northern tip lies Washington Island, a ferry ride away. Between the main peninsula and the island lies Porte des Morts, or Death’s Door, from which the peninsula gets its name. This was a hazardous stretch that caused the sinking of many ships from historical times into this century.

Football and Green Bay are almost Synonymous
The Green Bay Packers football team is the oldest in the NFL, founded in 1919 by Curley Lambeau. Green Bay is the smallest market in the NFL, but one of the most dedicated and enthusiastic. It is nearly impossible to get tickets to games. They played in several early stadiums before City Stadium was built in 1926. It originally held around 6,000, but was gradually expanded to 25,000 seats, and was home to the Packers until 1956.

Lambeau Field was originally opened as New City Stadium in 1957. It was renamed Lambeau Field in 1965. Interestingly, in the mid 1950’s George Halas and other NFL leaders determined that City Stadium was too small and inadequate for the NFL. They threatened to move the franchise to Milwaukee permanently unless facilities were upgraded. Green Bay then built New City Stadium in Ashwaubenon.
Green Bay is nicknamed “Titletown” owing to the Packers winning 12 NFL championships, including Super Bowls I, II, and XXXI. The beautiful Lambeau Atrium reflects that heritage.

Building Traditions and a Great Reputation
The race was founded in 2000, and has grown steadily in both participation and reputation ever since. In national road racing circles the organization’s skill, innovative concepts, and success have gained tremendous respect and admiration. Excellent sponsorship from Cellcom and many others has provided a foundation for first class road racing. Moving to the Stadium District positively changed and enhanced the character of the events, and has made it as unique as the Green Bay Packers. Those who have no reference to football will be impressed with the outstanding organization and amenities offered. As an example, the “Half Way Party” and the “Wall Party” at 20 miles are sure to boost the spirits and energy levels of all marathoners. All volunteers take great pride in this effort and in showing the famous Midwestern hospitality and generosity. Six different events are offered, six different options for distance, pace, and capability. All will enjoy the amenities and the atmosphere.

Let’s Go
This is one of the very best of spring marathons, with average high temperature of 69, average low of 46, and a mean of 57 degrees. And the courses offer a terrific tour which includes quiet residential streets, the dynamic downtown, and even the Fox River Trail. And Green Bay prides itself on being a generous and welcoming community, as evidenced by the outstanding volunteer effort along the course. Some 6,900 participants from all over the US and many other countries enjoyed the Green Bay hospitality last May. Check the race Website for details on everything, including the schedule and lodging options at



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