The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon has announced ASPIRO as its new charity partner for 2015-17. ASPIRO will join Golden House and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin as the recipient of funds raised by the 16th annual Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, which will take place May 15-17, 2015.
The charities operate on three-year terms, with one new charity added each year and one exiting charity each year. Charity organizations become a strong member of the operational team, comprised primarily of volunteers, to put on this event.
“ASPIRO is truly honored to be chosen as a charity partner for the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. We look forward to supporting the thousands of runners, event staff and sponsors who continue to make this an elite Green Bay event,” said Mike Duschene, ASPIRO President. “This partnership will help ASPIRO advance our mission to connect individuals with disabilities to services, opportunity and their community.”
ASPIRO’s mission is to create opportunities for people with disabilities to reach goals, connect community and achieve independence.
The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon aims to support a community need when selecting a charity partner and chooses a charity partner that can effectively utilize the marathon’s platform. In 2014, the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon donated $140,000 to its three charity partners. Over the past 14 years, the non-profit event has generated over $916,000 in proceeds for local non-profits.
To pledge to run for ASPIRO or another charity partner, runners can sign-up for the Run for a Reason program, which allows participants to raise funds for the marathon’s partners in exchange for a free entry into the marathon or half marathon. Participants must raise $300 to receive their free entry and all funds go directly to the charities. Registration for this program and the 2015 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon is scheduled to open December 12.
For more information visit www.cellcomgreenbaymarathon.com.
Today the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon accepted the letter of resignation from former race director, Sean Ryan. Sean has served as director of this event for the past 11 marathon seasons and we are disappointed to see him leave.
Over the past decade the marathon and its leadership have worked together to constantly refine the events to enhance both the runners’ and spectators’ experiences. Most recently, a proposal to split the distance events was brought to the title sponsor. The proposal was presented on Dec. 4 and, after much discussion, it was determined that spreading the distance events over two days raised more questions than answers. Decidedly, making a radical decision that would affect every aspect of the event and every team member who is involved in putting on the event, needs time for careful consideration. Finally, the crucial question posed is whether expanding the event logistics in the proposed manner overtaxes the community of members involved in the event’s success to a degree that outweighs any possible advantages. It is important to show respect for all those who deal with closed streets, long volunteer hours and travel time. Given the magnitude of the marathon’s impact, we plan to continue the conversation to deliver an optimal experience while also balancing a multitude of needs.
The marathon has benefited tens of thousands of participants since its inception in 2000, and it has paved the way for many to realize lifelong dreams and accomplishments. It is a driver of tourism on a weekend in May that used to be quiet. It has driven $916,000 in much-needed funds to local charities.
We have a very capable team in place that is moving forward with marathon planning while the event leadership is evaluated over the next couple weeks. Marathon registration will open on Friday, December 12 at 10 a.m. for all events. The marathon structure will remain as in past years, with family events taking place on Saturday, May 16 and the distance events taking place on Sunday, May 17.
We look forward to the official start to our training season at our kick-off party on Wednesday, January 7 at 5 p.m. at the Green Bay Distillery.
We intend to keep the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon an event that is nothing short of extraordinary, safe, sustainable and thriving.
-Brighid Riordan, board president, Cellcom Green Bay Marathon
The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon charity partners and their volunteers play a vital role in the planning and execution of this exciting community event. The marathon has three charity partners each year with staggered three-year terms. This structure allows one new charity to join the event each year. The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon is currently accepting applications for consideration in selecting our 2015-2017 charity partner.
Visit our CHARITY PARTNER PAGE to learn more and to apply!
NOTE: Only online applications are accepted.
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