September 22, 2014
A light rain or mist fell periodically during the Sunday events of the 24th annual Community First Fox Cities Marathon presented by Miron Construction but it failed to dampen the enthusiasm of participants, sponsors, volunteers and community supporters.
By late morning the sun peaked through the clouds as another wonderful Weekend of Events Sept. 19-21 drew to a close with more than 7,100 runners or walkers of all ages participating.
Wellness, community focus
“Miron Construction has been a sponsor of the Fox Cities Marathon for years,” said Brenda Schanhofer, wellness coordinator at Miron, which had nearly 40 participants and a small army of volunteers involved throughout. “The Marathon not only promotes health and wellness and the values our company shares, it also provides an incredible platform to showcase our great community.”
“We are indebted to our participants – some of whom came from other states or countries – as well as our sponsors, volunteers and spectators who brought a tremendous energy and enthusiasm to an event that shows a passion for healthy activities and highlights the community spirit found in the Fox Cities,” said Cathie Tierney, CFCU President/CEO.
“The crowd was awesome – the people kept us going,” said member/owner Kevin Plekan of Town of Menasha who completed his 27th marathon and his third since a hip replacement a few years ago. “I started running after my father died of lung cancer in October 1999 and I quit smoking. I love it. It was nice and cool – the rain wasn’t the best but the wind wasn’t too bad.”
“It was great to see that the weather didn’t deter spectators from coming out,” said marathoner and member/owner Anthony Leiton of Neenah. “There was a lot of support on the course as usual and runners feed off the spectators’ energy and enthusiasm to keep them on pace.”
“It was really awesome,” said Andrea Wallace of Shawano, who had done the half marathon three times previously. “I love the route so I wanted it to be my first full – great route, just beautiful.”
'Great time for the whole family'
On Friday night, Nathan Kallies of Appleton watched as his daughters Avery, 8, and Olivia, 12, had fun participating in the half-mile Guardian Kids Fun Run race. “They had a blast,” said Nathan, who finished 12th overall in the Affinity 5K on Saturday. “Not only did they have a lot of fun running but there were a lot of events, games and activities around the facilities. The mascots were kind of a huge deal for them. It was just a great time for the whole family.”
Special thanks go out to all the sponsors and more than 2,300 volunteers who contributed to another outstanding year! Looking forward to our 25th Community First Fox Cities Marathon in September 2015!!