Green Bay, WI (November 12, 2013) – Registration for the 2014 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon is now open. The 15th annual event will take place May 16-18 and runners can register for the full marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 5K or WPS Kids’ Power Run.
“We are excited to be celebrating the fifteenth running of our event,” said Sean Ryan, race director for the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. “What started as a small local event has grown into a world-class weekend of events that attracts runners from all over the country, provides a boost to the local economy and most importantly, gives back to local charities.”
From now until January 9, registration for the marathon is $80, half marathon is $65, and the marathon relay is $225 per team. Adult 5K registration is $20 and youth registration is $15. WPS Kids’ Power Run registration is $10.
Each event includes a lap around Lambeau Field. In order to ensure safety and enjoyment for all participants, the marathon capacity will be 2000 participants, the half marathon will be capped at 6000 participants and the relay marathon will be limited to 200 teams. Elite marathon registration and registration for the Prevea Luv 2 Run program will open at a later date.
Runners can also register for the Run for a Reason program, which allows runners to raise funds for the marathon’s charity partners in exchange for a free entry into the marathon or half marathon. Participants must raise $300 to receive their free entry.
Registration for the 2014 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon will open on 11-12-13. Runners can register for the marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 5K or WPS Kids’ Power Run.
From now until January 9, registration for the marathon is $80, half marathon is $65, and the marathon relay is $225 per team. Adult 5K registration is $20 and youth 5K registration is $15. WPS Kids’ Power Run registration is $10.
Elite marathon registration and registration for the Love to Run program will open at a later date.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com 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.