Touch the Tundra at the Green Bay Marathon

Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, Half-marathon

<strong>Lambeau Field, "The Frozen Tundra" in Green Bay, Wisconsin</strong><br>AP Photo/Morry Gash
The ninth annual Cellcom Green Bay Marathon in Green Bay, Wisconsin, will be a tremendous event for participants from all over the land. For the first seven years the races started and ended downtown. In 2007 they decided to move to Lambeau Field--or The Tundra--on Lombardi Avenue to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the stadium. The response was overwhelming. The races start right in front of Lambeau--a national landmark for all sports fans, and the marathon and half-marathon finish by going through the stadium.

This is really a three-day, six-event combination of races anchored by the top notch Cellcom Marathon. There is something for everyone with events including the WPS Kids' Power Run ? mile on Saturday, May 17; the 5K run, 5K walk, half-marathon, marathon, and marathon relay--all with simultaneous starts at 7:00 a.m.--will run on Sunday, May 18. The Prevea Health Expo will be open Friday 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The famous pasta dinner, included with race registration, will be served on Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Packet pickup is available all during the expo and right up to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday. All this will take place at the Lambeau Field Atrium immediately adjacent to the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, also located in the Atrium.

These events are among the best planned, best executed, most enjoyable and rewarding road races in the U.S. Event Director Sean Ryan and his staff ensures all details are covered, and they do so with every runner, every guest in mind. Even getting there is easy with conveniently located Austin Straubel International Airport only a few miles away. Getting around in Green Bay is also quite easy, whether by car or on the Green Bay Metro. And there is a lot to see and do in Green Bay, which straddles the Fox River at the head or south end of namesake Green Bay, an arm of Lake Michigan.

This is one of the very best of spring marathons, with an average high temperature of 69, average low of 46, and a mean of 57 degrees. The course, outlined below, is 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, as evidenced by the outstanding volunteer effort along the course. Some 6,700 participants from all over enjoyed the Green Bay hospitality last May.

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. In addition, participants will be impressed with the outstanding organization and amenities offered. 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.

The Courses

Before getting that up close and personal look at the legendary turf of Lambeau in Ashwaubenon, 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 join 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 covers a very pleasant six miles. 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 before runners reach mile 22 and then turn west over the Walnut Street Bridge.

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