The 15th annual Cellcom Green Bay Marathon is excited to announce its 2014 full and half marathon courses. For the first time, the distance events will start at different times on Sunday, May 18 and take separate routes before uniting for the final lap around Lambeau Field.
“Each year we are presented with unique challenges when it comes to designing the marathon and half marathon routes,” said Sean Ryan, race director of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. “Road construction, event schedules in the area and stadium plans all factor in to where we can and cannot safely direct runners on race day. With these elements in mind, we’ve spent the last several months creating courses that showcase the greater Green Bay community. We are very excited about the new courses and think our runners will really enjoy them.”
The full marathon will start at 7 a.m. and will take off from Lombardi Ave. Runners will make their way south on Broadway and after crossing Main Ave. in De Pere, put in a few miles in East De Pere before hitting the Fox River Trail. A noted addition is a lap around City Stadium during mile 18 of the course. The stadium, adjacent to Green Bay East High School, was the home of the Green Bay Packers from 1925 to 1956.
“Our event is known for its signature lap around Lambeau Field. The addition of City Stadium should be a fun perk for all runners, especially our football fanatics and Packers fans,” said Ryan.
The final stretch of the marathon includes a trek across City Deck in downtown Green Bay before crossing the Nitschke Bridge and heading back to Lambeau Field for the signature finish lap.
The half marathon will start at 8 a.m. Runners will start eastbound on Lombardi Ave., turn left on 12th Ave. and complete several miles in the neighborhood just north of Lambeau Field. Runners will ultimately take 9th St. under Highway 41, cross Packerland Dr. at West Point Rd. and then head south on South Point Rd. The route takes runners back to the stadium through the tree-lined streets of Ashwaubenon and will join the marathon course for the final lap around Lambeau Field.
The full and half marathon events will share a finish line on the southwest side of Lambeau Field. The finish area was relocated from the southeast portion of the parking lot this year to accommodate other events happening at the stadium during marathon weekend.
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The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon charity partners and their volunteers play a vital role in the planning and execution of this exciting community event. It is the intent of the Marathon’s Board of Directors to have 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 2014-2016 charity partner.
The charity partners benefit financially from the net proceeds of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, as well as the pledge revenue they work to earn by using the marathon as a platform for their causes. In 2013, the event generated contributions of $102,000 for the marathon’s three charity partners, bringing the total cumulative contributions to $776,000 over the last 14 years. The charities also benefit from the community exposure provided by the event. Last year, the event attracted over 13,000 registrants.
There are three requirements for being a charity partner:
In selecting a charitable recipient, Cellcom will give priority to organizations whose impact spans a footprint that includes greater Green Bay and beyond and encompasses northeast and central Wisconsin, that have a proven track record in positively impacting the community, promote volunteerism, and cooperate rather than compete with similar organizations. The key areas of Cellcom’s contribution guidelines are health and wellness, children and education. A charity that aligns with the marathon’s mission of promoting an active lifestyle and fostering community spirit, preferred.
Selection Questions and Criteria
Your charity partner proposal is limited to two pages and should include an overview of your organization and its mission, along with answers to the following questions. Provide specific, quantifiable support to your answers. Please answer and elaborate on the following questions in your proposal:
We encourage past charity partners to wait five years after their term ends before reapplying. (Example: A charity partner whose term ended in 2013 would not be eligible to apply until 2018 for the 2019-21 charity opening.)
If your organization is interested in applying to be a charity partner, please send a proposal to email@example.com on or before October 4, 2013. Late applicants will be disqualified. Cellcom will select the charity partner by October 31st. Those not selected will be notified by mail or e-mail. If you have questions, you may e-mail Sean Ryan, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (920) 606-2458.
The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon presented checks to its 2013 charity partners today at its annual charity distribution. This year’s Cellcom Green Bay Marathon generated a total of $102,000 in proceeds for its three non-profit partners: Junior Achievement of Brown County (JA), Unity and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin.
“Junior Achievement is very grateful to have been a charity partner of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon for the past three years. Not only did it provide increased awareness of what Junior Achievement is, it also gave us the funds to increase the number of classrooms in Brown County that were able to receive our programs,” said Jennifer Maier, program manager for JA. “So far, we were able to add 155 JA programs in area classrooms. As our volunteers continue to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy, we are thankful to this event for the lasting impact it will have on local students.”
Junior Achievement is concluding its three-year partnership with the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, and the marathon is currently accepting applications for a new partner charity for the 2014-16 marathon events. More information is available on the marathon website.
This year a special fundraiser was also held for the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
“The attack at the Boston Marathon shook the whole country, especially the running community,” said Sean Ryan, race director of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. “It was extremely important for us to find a way to pay tribute to the lives impacted and demonstrate solidarity with runners across the country who were not going to let this tragedy hold them back.”
Wristbands inscribed with “We Run as One – Boston 2013” were created and given to all distance runners for a special ceremony that took place before the start of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. Additional wristbands were sold and the $3,043 in proceeds from the sale was donated to the Boston One Fund for victims of the Boston attack.
With these donations, the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon has given more than $779,000 to charity in the last 14 years.
This year’s event included a renewed focus on the Prevea Luv2Run (L2R) program, which provides discounted race entries to students and coaches. The goal of L2R is to engage youth in a positive free-time activity that can turn into a lifelong hobby and healthy lifestyle. The program saw unprecedented growth, with over 1,300 students from 53 elementary and middle schools participating in the Cellcom Green Bay 5K.
“In addition to Prevea’s generous sponsorship of Luv2Run, the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon was proud to contribute over $28,000 in discounted race entries. It’s another gift to the community,” said Brighid Riordan, board president of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. “We’re excited to see further growth in the program and we are proud of our impact in the fight against childhood obesity.”
The tenth annual Mary Poppele Award, given to the top fundraiser, was also presented today. Recipient Jeff Csuy raised $2085 through the Run for a Reason program. The award is given in memory of Mary Poppele, an avid marathon fundraiser, who passed away in April 2004, while training for the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon.