MENASHA, Wis. (WBAY) – The first of many Fox Cities Marathon events were getting started Friday evening with a health expo at UW-Fox Valley.
Runners are definitely getting excited. Many were there to pick up their registration packets. Some were there to register for the first time. Other events Friday include a Kids Run at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.
Almost 7,000 people are expected to participate in the Fox Cities Marathon this weekend.
The event dates back 26 years, and in that time it’s raised about $850,000 for various charities.
Organizers say the marathon attracts a good mix of local runners with those who travel from out of town.
“For a lot of our participants, this is something that is on their calendar every year. It’s something they have to do. We’re also recognized as being a really good race for first-time marathoners and first-time half-marathoners. We have great support out on the course — lots and lots of water stations, lots of volunteers, and we kind of help them on the journey all the way through,” Amanda Secor from Community First Credit Union said.
One of those participants is Christy Renier of Appleton– who ran the full marathon last year for the first time after winning a battle with breast cancer.
This year- she’s signed up for the 5K race.
Renier said,”Running was a way for me to be able to work through those things, the road was always there, and I use it as a way to come through that, and once I got on the other side- I knew that I wanted to complete a full marathon. It was always part of my bucket list.”
Others aren’t running— they’re working.
Ron Goudreau is a volunteer and former runner whose been with the marathon since it launched 26 years ago.
“I enjoy now seeing other runners and sharing in their success, give them training, advice if they want it,” said Goudreau.
The main event starts at 7 a.m. Sunday right outside UW-Fox Valley in Menasha, with the finish line at Riverside Park in Neenah.