2017 Community First Fox Cities Marathon Presented by Miron Construction
 
It's your race. It's your pace. 
Let's go get it. 

In 2017, we want to help you with what you need - it's your race!  Whether it's staying injury-free and getting to the start line, running a PR and qualifying for Boston, or simply having fun with friends and family and getting healthier - this is your race!
  • We've got Summer Training Runs to help you train smart and efficient.
  • We've got race courses that feature the beauty of the Fox Cities including parks and paved (but off-road) trails.
  • We've got the Best Volunteers at any race you've ever been to - and lots of them (3:1 ratio)
  • We've got a cool and collectible Finisher's medal for every Finisher.
Come and experience it for yourself - you won't be disappointed.

Make the commitment today and reserve your spot at an event you'll come back to every September!



Medical Director's Corner 

Winter & Cold Weather Training
 Dr. Mark Westfall, FCM Medical Director
 
Happy New Year / 2017
I thought that I would take a moment to check with you about making a plan for the year and leading up to the Fox Cities Marathon on September 24, 2017. Whether you are planning to run the Fox Cities Half or Full Marathon, you have a plan for training and preparation.

Many are enjoying our moderate weather and getting some outdoor running and training. If you are like me, I find that ice is not my friend and I will do my winter training indoors.   I find a big advantage in doing this. I find this a good time to do some cross-training, weight training, as well as stretching and flexibility training.

Let's take a quick look at each of these:

Cross-training
This includes cycling, swimming, elliptical and the like.   Through these activities you can achieve aerobic heart rate and benefit with less strain on the joints.   I have to admit that I learned to do this the hard way.   For many years I would run outside or on a treadmill and did little else.   Then when I got to my heaviest mileage weeks, I found that I was having increasing joint pain. Since I started taking two - three months of cross training with limited and focused running (I still include some treadmill running).

Weight Training
Now is a good time to focus on muscle strengthening through body weight and added weight training.   This is another lesson learned over time. I have found that my muscles needed additional training to maintain a stable level of strength over time.   In short, in spite of running day in and day out, I was experiencing weakening muscles and not performing to the level I wanted to achieve. Through weight training (leg lifts, leg extensions, squats and other exercises, I was able to re-gain that lost strength and reverse the loss of performance.  

Stretching and flexibility
Most experts will agree that stretching and flexibility exercises are important, particularly for long distance running to help reduce injuring and possibly increasing performance. I have found Yoga helps me to accomplish this along with core strengthening.  

I hope this is information that you have seen before or already doing to some level. Not only are we excited to have another awesome event in September, we also want to promote a great experience. I know that proper training has benefited me every single time.  

Run safe and enjoy ... Mark


Marathons of Wisconsin 
WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE?
The "Marathons of Wisconsin" Challenge is back for a third year, with a lineup of races that stretches from northern to southern Wisconsin. Returning races include the Wisconsin Marathon (May 6 in Kenosha), the Paavo Nurmi Marathon (Aug. 12 in Hurley), the Community First Fox Cities Marathon Presented by Miron Construction (Sept. 24 in Appleton), and the PNC Milwaukee Running Festival (October 15 in Milwaukee).
Runners who complete all four events in 2017 will receive a special Marathons of Wisconsin medal. There is no fee to join.
In order to have the ability to say that they truly have run Wisconsin, runners will need to complete either a full or half marathon in all four events. Each runner must complete at least one full marathon in one of the following races:
Wisconsin Marathon & Half Marathon , Kenosha, May 6, 2017
Paavo Nurmi Marathon, Hurley, August 12, 2017
Community First Fox Cities Marathon, Appleton, September 24, 2017
PNC Milwaukee Running Festival, Milwaukee, October 15, 2017
All races must be completed in one calendar year to be eligible for the medal at the end of the challenge.
HOW TO REGISTER
One must register for each event separately. Please email Jeremy at jeremy@mychicagoathlete.com if you plan on competing in all four events and let him know which distance you'll be running at each race.
Athletes who complete all four events will receive a commemorative medal for their efforts. Runners will need to register for and complete either a full or half marathon in all four events and one of the four must be the full marathon.
  
Featured Upcoming Local Races

Saturday, February 11 - 8:00 a.m.

Seroogy's Chocolates - 

144 N. Wisconsin Ave, DePere, WI 

 

All participants will receive

  • Long-Sleeve Dri-Wick shirt
  • Seroogy's chocolate meltaway bar
  • Coffee and hot chocolate


Saturday, March 4 - 10:00 a.m.
Neenah High School - 
1275 Tullar Rd, Neenah, WI

Click here for a downloadable PDF

All participants will receive:
  • Electronically timed event on sidewalks and paths around Neenah HS & Memorial Park
  • Post-race refreshments
  • T-shirt (with registration prior to 2/17)

 

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