May 1, 2021 Race Day!
Can you believe it is almost April? We can't either. Time is moving quick and we are excited to see all your faces on May 1st! We have some more details for race weekend below and will be sending out more frequent reminders as we get closer, so keep your eyes out.

Need-to-knows:

1- Aside from race week, we only have one price increase this year and it happens on April 1st. If you were planning on running the half marathon or 5k with us, be sure to sign up by March 31st.

1b- If you have chosen to run the Virtual Race this year, there is no additional charge to have your packet mailed out. It is included with your registration price. Those packets will be mailed after April 15th.

2- Coming to the race and still need to book a hotel? The Stella Hotel is our host hotel and is just a short walk to the start line. Reservations can be made by calling 262-842-2000 or visiting them online at www.stellahotel.com and clicking on Group Login and entering WISMAR for the discounted rate. Limited rooms are still available for the group rate.

3- In person events are all going to be different for 2021 and our race is no exception. To help everyone with some reminders on how the race will go, in addition to emailing out information, we are also going to be posting helpful tips on our social media pages to help spread the info out a bit more. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

4- Speaking of reminders, below are a couple of quick links that you will probably need to look at at some point before race day. Just putting them here to make it easier.


5- We know charities all over the nation have been hit hard by the pandemic. We want to help. If you are a part of a local charity group that can provide volunteers on race day, we can help your group with promotions and donations. Contact Jonathan with your group info and he'll help you with the details. You'll be joining these wonderful groups.

6- As always, be sure to check our website, www.wisconsinmarathon.com, for more updates we as get them.

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Snapshot of New Rules for 2021:
  • Rolling race start - you will choose your start time, as referenced above.
  • Reduced participation densities - arrive to start area no more than 10 minutes prior to your wave.
  • Masks worn at start and finish - can be removed once you begin running.
  • "Elite style" aid stations. Grab off the table or fill your own.
  • Post race food will be Grab & Go - pre-bagged for easy distribution.
  • No gear check available this year.  


Additional Information:

  • Due to suggested health and safety regulations, we will not be able to serve up brats and beer after the race, nor will we be able to have all the tents and hang out areas at the finish line, as usual. We will still have cheese and we will still have some great post-race refreshments for you!
  • We will not be providing holdable goodie bags this year to go along with your shirt and bib. We will instead email out a virtual goodie bag with various promotions. (It's greener that way, anyway.)
  • For all of our deferred runners from last year, be sure to follow the instructions from the email we sent before in regards to start times. Link with details is here in case you needed it. Be sure to select a start time ASAP if you are running with us this year!
Message for those who need to make a decision from last year:
Quick reminder, for those that were deferred to this year's race from 2020, if you have not yet selected a start time, be sure to log into your profile at www.runsignup.com and do that as soon as you can. Log in at the top right, find our race, hit MANAGE REGISTRATION and you'll see the corrals option at the bottom of the page. If you were registered for the marathon distance last year, you need to switch to the half marathon or the 5k before you are allowed to select a start time. Be sure to respond to the email from January with your marathon registration options.

If you registered with another person, the person that filled out the registration may have to sign in first and allow you to make updates.

Of course, if you have decided to not run in person this year, that's fine, too. You can still defer your registration to 2022, transfer your registration to someone else, or run the virtual option. Be sure to make this decision soon, if you haven't yet done so, because we need to make final orders this month.

PERSONAL MESSAGE
We are so excited to see more and more in-person races happening this year. It looks like most of them have gone off safely and runners and race organizers have proven that in-person racing can happen this year.

This year, every city that hosts a race has given different recommendations for the race organizers and no one is just able to do what they have always done in the past if they want their event to go on. With that said, as one of the earlier races on the calendar for 2021, we feel that it is our responsibility to the running community to be an example of how a race can be safe, socially distant, and still a good experience. We hope that you all will join us in this thought process and help us to do things the right way so that future races can look to our example.

Yours in running,

Tracy and Jonathan

FOLLOW US
This email has been sent to all current and past participants of the Wisconsin Marathon. It is not a confirmation email for the 2021 race. Please see our website, www.wisconsinmarathon.com for registration details and confirmation links. If you have any questions, you can email Jonathan at wisconsinmarathon@gmail.com