The 14th Annual Cellcom Green Bay Marathon
Consider this popular spring marathon-and associated events-which is known for its solid organization, and includes a last-mile loop through historic Lambeau Field, and a terrific post-race party complete with brats and beer!
Posted Monday, 7 January, 2013
The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon will take place May 17-19, 2013, and offers distances for runners of all ages and abilities. You don’t have to be a Green Bay Packers fan to enjoy Midwestern hospitality and the opportunity to “Touch the Tundra.”
The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon offers three days of activities centered around historic Lambeau Field. The weekend kicks off at Noon on Friday with the Prevea Health & Fitness Expo featuring over 50 exhibitors offering runner apparel and fitness-related goods and services. The Expo continues on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m. both days. Packet, T-shirt and gear bag pick up all take place upstairs in the Club Level of Lambeau Field so you’ll truly feel like a VIP when picking up your items!
For those who are less focused on distance-running, Saturday morning offers a 5K run/walk and the WPS Kids’ Power Run. The 5K starts on Lombardi Avenue (yes, everything in Green Bay draws on its football lore!) and finishes with a last-mile loop through the stadium.
The Kids’ Power Run for children ages 10 and under starts just outside the stadium gate and travels 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) through the stadium and across the finish line. Parents love seeing their kids emerge from the player tunnel into the field area like an NFL hero! Both Saturday events finish crossing the same majestic marathon finish line as the distance runners. www.cellcomgreenbaymarathon.com
On Saturday afternoon beginning at 4:00 p.m., a pasta dinner catered by the Packers’ official food service partner takes place in the stadium concourse surrounding the field. Every marathon and half marathon runner receives a FREE pasta dinner ticket with their registration.
Sunday is “distance day” at the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. At 7:00 a.m. on race morning, over 8,000 participants in the marathon, half marathon and marathon relay will line up in one massive group directly in front of the Lambeau Field Atrium. The events start simultaneously and travel together for approximately 11 miles before the courses diverge.
The distance events start out with relatively flat, scenic, tree-lined residential streets lined with loads of cheering fans and water stations roughly every mile. Water stations feature water, Gatorade, and, in some cases, fruit, candy and GU Energy Gel. Each station offers ample porta-potties as well.
After 11 miles, the half marathoners split off and head west to the finish line. The marathoners head south to the historic community of De Pere where they cross over the Fox River and hop onto the scenic Fox River Recreational Trail. This 12-foot wide paved trail hugs the shoreline and travels five miles north into the heart of downtown Green Bay and it’s recently completed CityDeck complex. A few miles through Green Bay’s west side residential neighborhoods will bring the runners back to Lambeau Field for a victory lap around the field and across the finish line where roaring crowds and a celebration will await!
The Finish Line
After emerging from their last-mile loop inside Lambeau Field, distance runners will cross the finish line and receive a beautiful football-emblem medal reminiscent of a famous NFL trophy to proudly wear around their neck. The post-race finish line party will take place in the Lambeau Field Parking lot and, appropriately, is designed to feel like a massive tailgate party. A food tent will offer real Wisconsin bratwurst along with traditional fare like bagels, fruit and cookies. The beverage tent includes locally micro-brewed beer (“Twenty-Six-Point-Two Brew”) and root beer. A live band will be playing rock music on a large stage and will set the backdrop for this celebration.
Other Important Facts
• The distance runner field in Green Bay is limited to 5,500 for the half marathon, 3,000 for the marathon, and 250 teams for the Marathon Relay, so register early!
• Every distance runner receives a high-quality, moisture-wicking technical fabric shirt. New this year, organizers are offering the option for women’s cut shirts!
• Green Bay in mid-May has an average high temperature of 67, an average low of 45, and a mean of 56 degrees.
• With a $20,000 prize purse, the event draws an impressive field of elite runners from all over the world.
• The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon has a rotating charity model benefitting three local charities each year. This year’s charity partners include Unity Hospice, Junior Achievement and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Last year the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon contributed over $135,000 to three deserving charities.
• The city of Green Bay is nestled at the southern end of the bay of Green Bay, part of Lake Michigan. With a population of roughly a quarter million in the greater Green Bay area, this city is the smallest to have an NFL franchise.
• The Green Bay Packers are the only publicly owned professional sports franchise in the world with more than 360,000 “owners.” Many of them live in Green Bay.
• Lambeau Field opened as New City Stadium in 1957. It was renamed Lambeau Field in 1965. The stadium underwent a $300 million renovation from 2001 through 2003.
• The adjacent Door Peninsula provides a wonderful tour as well and is a famed destination. The Door Peninsula reminds many of New England, and has one of the largest concentrations of historic lighthouses anywhere. They guard the rocky coast which is dotted with fishing villages, although there are areas of fine beaches too. May is a beautiful time of year in the region.
• For more information, go to: www.cellcomgreenbaymarathon.com
This is one of the very best spring marathons. There are events for all ages, and all abilities, and the courses offer a terrific tour which includes quiet residential streets, the dynamic downtown, and the Fox River Trail. Green Bay prides itself on being a generous and welcoming community--the pride of "Title Town USA". You will know by the outstanding organization and the dedicated volunteer effort along the course.