We are excited to announce that we are going to a “wave start” for all 2015 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon events. A wave start consists of staggered starts of groups of participants instead of one mass start for all participants. There is a short “break” between the start of each wave. Participants are assigned to the appropriate wave based on the estimated pace that was entered when they registered. Participants are allowed to move “back” waves but are not allowed to move “up” waves. For example, if you are assigned to Wave C, you can start in any wave from C to F but you cannot start in waves A or B. This will allow people who want to run together the opportunity to do so as the faster runner can move back to the same wave as the slower runner. A wave start will not affect a participant’s time. Since we use chip timing, a participant’s time does not begin until the start line is crossed and ends when the finish line is crossed.
By going to a wave start, we can provide our participants a more enjoyable race experience. One of the bigger concerns participants have expressed to us is that the start line is very congested and hectic. We want participants to start their race with a positive experience and carry that throughout the day. A wave start allows for less congestion from start to finish. Participants will line up with others who will run a similar pace. This should help you settle into your pace right from the start rather than having to speed up and slow down as you dodge slower participants. It also will help reduce some of the stress on the first couple of water stations and port-a-potties. We also hope this will alleviate some of the congestion in the Lambeau Field tunnel (it certainly will not hurt it). However, runners at the most popular paces (roughly 2 hours for the half-marathon and 4 hours for the marathon) should still expect to experience some congestion due to the number of people at that pace.
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With two start times and two completely separate courses, where you can park and how you get to the start line are different this year. Also, there is a lot of construction in the area.
The full marathon starts at 7:00 a.m., and the half starts at 8:00 a.m. The two races run in opposite directions. With staggered start times, and new courses, some roads that have always been open in past years, won’t be this year.
Click HERE to find details regarding parking and anticipated road traffic disruptions for each race.
Click HERE to see WBAY’s coverage of the story and interview with Race Director Sean Ryan.