July 2019
Join us, this could be your year to: 

  • Set a personal record!
  • Tackle a new distance!
  • Invite friends and family to join you! 

No matter your goal, we are ready to help you reach it! 
Medals and Shirts Revealed!
Paying homage to the State of Wisconsin and honoring our marathon weekend of event participants served as the inspiration for this year’s medals and shirts.
“I designed the two to go together like puzzle pieces,” said Tammy LeFeber, Graphic Designer for the Marathon. “The medal has negative space and isn’t complete without our participants in their shirts.”
Each medal is shaped like Wisconsin, features a jewel to mark the Fox Cities, and has colored glass and vibrant ribbons. The t-shirt is the opposite of the medal filling in the negative space. 
We hope you like them and can’t wait to see them on you race weekend!

See all medals and t-shirts here .
Training Updates
Free 5K Training Program Starts Aug. 1
Join us and Fleet Feet Fox Valley for a fun, free, 8-week training program for the Sept. 21 Ascension 5K Run/Walk, part of our marathon weekend of events. This coached program features a group work out Thursdays at 6 p.m. from Community First Credit Union's Home Office at 1575 Dresang Way in the Village of Fox Crossing. There's also a virtual program if you aren't able to make it in person. Sign-up Today!

Marathon and HalfTraining resources :
  • PaceSetters Running Club Training runs every Saturday at 7 a.m.
  • Fox Cities Moms Run this Town/She Runs this Town also host training runs every Saturday at 6 a.m. You can find out more on their Facebook page.
  • Training Guides courtesy of ThedaCare Training Guides.
Volunteer Registration is Open
The heart and soul of the Community First Fox Cities Marathon presented by Miron Construction is our volunteers! Year after year, participants mention our volunteers and the difference they make on race day. Our volunteers are sponsored by Kwik Trip and get the following perks:
  • Free volunteer t-shirt
  • An invitation to the Kwik Trip Volunteer Party October 22 at Waverly Beach in Menasha

Visit  foxcitiesmarathon.org/volunteer   for more information about volunteering at this year's weekend of events.
New gift for ThedaCare Half Marathoners
Every participant in the ThedCare Half Marathon will get their very own armband carrier for the essentials on your run/walk. Thanks ThedaCare!

2019 OSMS Health & Wellness Expo Vendors
This year's line-up is almost set
Looking for new running gear? Or interested in a new recovery method? The 2019 OSMS Health & Wellness Expo has a little something for everyone.

Course Corner: Miles 13-16

After exiting Sunset Park in Kimberly, you have almost 3 miles of flat or downhill running!  This section of the course features the halfway point, the first GU Energy Gel Station, Telulah Park and a trek along the “Appleton Flats” on the Newberry Trail, an area along the Fox River iand a Relay Exchange Zone at the “Between the Locks” building. 

Read more at foxcitiesmarathon.org .

Picture: A marathon runner cruises on the Newberry Trail along the Fox River during the 2018 race.
Sponsor Spotlight: Guardian
  Twenty years running and still going strong
Without a doubt, Guardian Life has helped shape the Community First Fox Cities Marathon weekend of events into what it is today.  For the past 20 years, Guardian has served as the presenting sponsor for the Kids Fun Run and shows no signs of slowing down.  

“As a mother and a Guardian employee, I understand physical activity and outdoor play is an important part of every child’s overall health,” said Tammy Van Beek , a Senior Sales Comprehension Analyst at Guardian who has volunteered at the Kids Fun Run for 15 years and recently joined the Community First Fox Cities Marathon Board of Directors.

Van Beek has a wide range of volunteer experience including recruiting employees and their families to participate in the weekend’s races and to volunteer.  She’s even led a team of Guardian employees who volunteer month’s in advance to help with planning and who help on Guardian Kids Fun Run day with set up and with many tasks during the event.  

“My favorite part of the event is thanking the families as they leave,” Van Beek said. “The kids are beaming wearing their medals around their necks and with a handful of goodies in their hands.” 

Supporting the Kids Fun Run ties in well with Guardian’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts in health and wellness said Terry Zastrow , 2 nd Vice President of New Business and Benefit Services.

“Our mission is to prepare people for better futures in every phase of their life, health and wealth,” said Zastrow.  “As a large employer in Appleton, it makes me happy to know Guardian has a role in providing a fun event that promotes health and wellness for kids and families in our community.”

Guardian serves 27 million people with insurance and wealth management products and services. Since its founding in 1860, Guardian’s long-term view has helped its customers prepare for whatever life brings whether starting a family, planning for the future, or taking care of employees. Today it is a Fortune 250 company and a leading provider of life, disability and other benefits for individuals, at the workplace and through government sponsored programs. You can learn more at guardianlife.com .  

Thank you Guardian for your 20 years of support! 
Sponsor Spotlight:
OSMS - Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists
Welcome New Presenting Sponsor of the Health & Wellness Expo
Training, preparation, looking for ways to improve … that’s what runners and walkers are striving for as they approach marathon weekend. That motivation and drive of race participants aligns perfectly with one of the core values - continuous improvement - of our new Health & Wellness Expo sponsor, OSMS - Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists.

“All of us at OSMS know how hard runners at all levels train in preparation for their race.  They are always looking for ways to improve form, training regimen and in the end, improve their race time,” said Darin Schumacher , Marketing Manager for OSMS. “The same goes for all team members at OSMS. We are always looking for ways we can improve the patient experience and outcomes to ensure that as patients, they are receiving the best possible care”.     

OSMS is new to the Fox Valley but not Northeast Wisconsin. OSMS is made up of 14 Orthopedic Surgeons and four Rheumatologists who see patients in Green Bay, Appleton, Marinette, Sturgeon Bay, Brillion, Escanaba, Oconto Falls, Iron Mountain and Kewaunee.  Being doctor-owned and using their “scrubs over suits” management approach, means that OSMS can make informed decisions and provide services that are truly focused on the patient outcome.

The OSMS team is looking forward to participating marathon weekend including volunteering to help runners achieve their goals. 

“We can’t wait to see the marathon and its’ events in action,” said Ari Zuraski , Radiology Technologist, who plans to volunteer at the OSMS Water Station. “I’m particularly looking forward to watching families from all over the area come together for such a great cause.”

OSMS is also hosting a booth at the OSMS Health & Wellness Expo to find out more about the families they serve.   

“The Community First Fox Cities Marathon is known throughout the area as a well-respected, family-friendly event,” Schumacher said. “Those who stop by our booth can learn more about our unique doctor-owned organization, pick up some OSMS swag, and play some games to win additional prizes.”

For more information about OSMS visit  osmsgb.com .

Thank you OSMS for joining the Community First Fox Cities Marathon weekend of events!
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