October 2020
Video conveys emotions of missing
marathon weekend this year
On what would have been race weekend, we released a special video on social media to let you know how much we miss you, and that we can't wait to be together September 17-19, 2021 for the 30th running of the Community First Fox Cities Marathon presented by Miron Construction. In case you missed it, we're sharing it here and hope you enjoy it!
Volunteers brought smiles to community with surprise pop-up cheering
A volunteer is ready to cheer on runners & walkers at the CE Trail Tunnel in Kimberly,
Volun-CHEERING at the Trestle Trail over Little Lake Butte des Morts in Menasha & Fox Crossing,
Volunteers cheer along the Newberry Trail on the Fox River in Appleton.
Sunday, Sept. 20 was filled with surprises, smiles and stories for walkers, runners and volunteers during a pop-up cheer activity on what would have been marathon Sunday. 

“We didn't tell anyone. And the reaction from people was a little bit of surprise, but then they would smile and laugh, and many stopped and talked to us about their experiences with our weekend of events,” said Amanda Secor, chief of staff for Community First Credit Union, the title sponsor and managing entity of the Fox Cities Marathon. “It was a great way to make personal connections and do what we love to do on marathon Sunday.”

The activity was planned to connect with the community to share that they are missed and to recognize what would have been marathon Sunday.

About 25 volunteers in two shifts masked up and spread out to cheer and offer signs of encouragement on the Newberry Trail along the Fox River in Appleton, the CE Trail near the Heart of the Valley YMCA in Kimberly and the Loop the Lake Trail system in Neenah, Menasha and Fox Crossing. All are popular recreational trails in the Fox Cities that are featured as part of the marathon course.

“It was a great way to start my Sunday morning. Even though masks obscured the smiles, the joy was palpable,” said Rose Kilsdonk, a volunteer stationed at Fritse Park in Fox Crossing. “The whole pop-up idea was a great way to safely connect with people as they interacted with each other and nature.”

A cancer diagnosis doesn’t have to halt
your running & fitness goals
Guest Blog by Susan Christel
Editor’s Note: As we enter fall, we also enter into Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer awareness activities. To help those currently fighting any form of cancer, we invited the YMCA of the Fox Cities to share how LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a research-based physical activity and well-being program, helps adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals.

In my work, I’ve become all too familiar with the battles facing someone diagnosed with cancer, and the effects that treatment can have on the body. But, I firmly believe that physical activity is not only beneficial to gaining your strength after treatment but being active during treatment can help you thrive.

Sponsor Spotlight:
Community First Credit Union
Celebrating 45 years of 'Finding a Way'
for member-owners and the community
Sunday Finish Line food tent.
Face painting fun at the Guardian Kids Fun Run and Huggies Diaper Dash & Toddler Trot.
On course support.
Water Station fun: Yellow Submarine.
Mardi Gras celebration at a Community First Water Station.
Providing cheers and guidance at the Fun Run at the Timber Rattler Stadium.
From the earliest ideas of a marathon that would connect 7 communities among the Fox Cities, to 30 years of events and thousands of stories along the way, Community First Credit Union has been proud to be the title sponsor of the Community First Fox Cities Marathon presented by Miron Construction. 

“This event gets into your heart because of the way the community embraces it – from the sponsors to the volunteers and of course the participants, it showcases the very best the Fox Cities has to offer every year and through it we have witnessed amazing journeys and inspiring stories,” said Cathie Tierney President and CEO of Community First.

When you are an organization with community in its name, it’s not surprising that Community First employees have volunteered thousands of hours over the years bringing their special member-focused service to every participant of every race. 

“Our team is amazing – they look forward to the weekend of events each year to reconnect with participants, to cheer them on, support them and celebrate with them as they go after their goals,” said Cathie. And, as the managing entity for the race, Community First employees are actively engaged in year-round planning for the event, serving in key roles to ensure an experience to remember.

As a member-owned financial cooperative, coming together to support one another is not a new concept for Community First. Like its member-owners whose separate needs for financial services are met through the strength and interconnectedness of the cooperative – Community First has embraced the same cooperative spirit for the marathon, welcoming the engagement of Fox Cities businesses, participants, volunteers and spectators to make this event like none other. 

“We believe in community, and that we are stronger together. Our community is second-to-none when it comes to making events like this uniquely Fox Cities, we wouldn’t want to do it any other way,” explained Cathie.  

Over the past four decades, Community First Credit Union has become a strong and meaningful resource for its members, their families and communities. Putting the credit union philosophy of people-helping-people into financial solutions for its members and the communities they call home continues to be a key factor in their success, all for the benefit of their members. As an award-winning credit union, recognized nationally for its financial performance and its commitment to the credit union movement, we are so grateful to Community First for their continued support, for helping us grow from a marathon to an event with distances for everyone and for celebrating the accomplishment of each participant side-by-side with us each year.

For more information about Community First Credit Union visit communityfirstcu.org.

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