Another historic run through Lambeau for the event’s 20th year
The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon will introduce new courses in 2019 and the preliminary layouts have been unveiled. The nonprofit event will celebrate its 20th season with some exciting changes, while keeping a crowd-favorite location on all the courses.
“All events will include our signature lap around Lambeau Field. Entering through the player tunnel and getting to take in the stadium from a different perspective than a game day is definitely a perk of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. Even if you’re not a football fan there’s a special energy during that section of the course,” said Toni Jaeckels, race director for the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon.
The marathon and half marathon courses will both begin and end downtown on Sunday, May 19. The start lines will be on Main St. near the KI Convention Center and the finish line will be in Leicht Memorial Park (128 Dousman St., Green Bay).
The marathon begins at 7 a.m. and will head west from Downtown Green Bay, making its way to Lambeau Field around mile 4. From there marathoners will head back towards the Fox River and south on Broadway to De Pere, crossing over the Main St. Bridge and grabbing some miles in East De Pere and Ledgeview before heading back to downtown Green Bay via the Fox River Trail.
“The marathon course has a lot of things to look forward to. Marathoners will get to enjoy Lambeau Field much earlier in the race, when their feeling fresh, which we think will be a welcomed change. They’ll also get to enjoy a little more of the Fox River Trail, which offers a flat and fast surface for people looking to set a personal record,” said Jaeckels.
The half marathon will start at 7:30 a.m., a half hour earlier than past years. The event will head west from downtown and pass through the neighborhoods just north of Lambeau Field, crossing to the west side of Highway 41 before reaching Lambeau Field around mile 9 and making their way back downtown to the finish.
“Half marathoners have been asking for an earlier start time and with new courses we were able to accommodate this. We’re especially excited for the half marathon finish through the Broadway district in Downtown Green Bay. The businesses are excited and it should be a great opportunity for spectators to give runners a final burst of energy before they enter Leicht Memorial Park,” said Jaeckels.
The Cellcom Green Bay 5K will take place on Saturday, May 18 starting at 9 a.m. The start line will be on Oneida St. in front of Lambeau Field and the finish line will be near the Green Bay Distillery on Mike McCarthy Way. All courses are preliminary at this time, pending final approval from local municipalities and certification.
Packet pick-up for all events and the Prevea Health & Fitness Expo will take place at Lambeau Field on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18. For more information or to register, visit www.cellcomgreenbaymarathon.com.