The Sole Burner draws runners of all ages.
Fox Valley, it's time to get your run on.
After a seemingly endless winter of slushy, snow-filled and often ice-covered runs (for those of you who don't shovel your sidewalks, thanks for nothing), this week's gorgeous weather is a blessing we shouldn't take for granted. Soak in that beautiful sunshine as you put in your training miles.
A summer of runs - or walks - awaits.
For our list today, we offer up 10 running events close to home (in chronological order) that you might want to circle on your calendar. This, of course, is not the extent of runs in and around the Fox Valley. You can find a run - 5K, 10K, half marathon, full marathon, adventure run, endurance run - almost every weekend during the summer. But these 10 go to the top of the list. If you want to pitch others, go to this column at postcrescent.com and share your suggestions.
1. Sole Burner: Saturday. Appleton is home to one of our favorite runs. The Sole Burner, a 5K run/walk to raise money and awareness for cancer research, begins and ends at City Park. It's a great mix of competitive runners, casual runners and families coming together for an event that's steeped in emotion. Upwards of 7,000 people are expected to take part Saturday. If you haven't registered, you can do so on race day beginning at 7 a.m. The run/walk begins at 9 a.m. www.soleburner.org.
2. Cellcom Green Bay Marathon: May 19. The marathon and half marathon conclude a weekend of running activities. Last year's event ran into trouble when unexpectedly high temperatures resulted in organizers pulling the plug with many runners still on the course. The fallout hasn't slowed things down, though, as this year's race is near capacity. It's a beautiful run through Green Bay and surrounding communities, finishing at Lambeau Field. cellcomgreenbaymarathon.com.
3. Fox Cities Marathon training runs: Beginning May 25. The weekly runs organized by the local Pacesetters running club take place on Saturday mornings. If you have your eye on the Sept. 22 Community First Fox Cities Marathon Presented by Kimberly-Clark, this is something you might want to consider. For beginning marathoners - or those who just like company as they ramp up the length of their training runs - this is a great outlet. Find details at foxcitiesmarathon.org or pacesettersrun.org.
4. Bellin Run: June 8. One of the best and most tradition-rich 10K runs in the Midwest, the Bellin Run is a phenomenal event held in Green Bay each June. It drew more than 18,000 runners and walkers last year. bellinrun.com.
5. Aurora BayCare High Cliff Triathlon: June 15. For the triathletes out there, this one has become a popular stop in these parts. It's a half iron/sprint triathlon that's held on the beautiful grounds of High Cliff State Park near Sherwood. midwestsportsevents.com.
6. Bret Younger Memorial Run: July 13. This is a 10K and 5K run that was born out of tragedy when Bret Younger, a Fox Cities YMCA administrator, died in a car accident. It has now become one of the top area runs, beginning and ending at Appleton North High School. In between, it winds through north Appleton parks and neighborhoods. This year marks the 10th anniversary. ymcafoxcities.org.
7. Cheesehead Half Marathon: Aug. 24. This half marathon in Hilbert falls at the right time for runners training for the Fox Cities Marathon. Many eye it up as a perfect training run. It drew more than 800 runners last year to the scenic roadways and trails of eastern Calumet County. pacesettersrun.org.
8. Tough Mudder: Sept. 7-8. For those who want a brush with electrocution and a face full of mud on their run, this one is a biggie. The Tough Mudders (and many similar but perhaps less intense adventure runs) have become hugely popular the past few years. Fox Valley mudders have had to travel to southern Wisconsin or far western Wisconsin to find a Tough Mudder. Not anymore. It was announced late last month that the EAA grounds in Oshkosh will be home to a Tough Mudder this fall. toughmudder.com.
9. Community First Fox Cities Marathon: Sept. 22. This is one of the signature events in the Fox Cities each year. A weekend of activities leads up to the half marathon and marathon on Sunday. Beginning at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley campus in Menasha, the runners make their way through multiple communities before coming to the glorious finish line at Neenah's Riverside Park. It's a journey that upward of 1,000 marathoners and 3,000 half-marathoners are expected to set out on this year. foxcitiesmarathon.org.
10. Brewers Mini-Marathon: Sept. 28. If you're starting the season running into Lambeau Field as part of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, why not end the season running into Milwaukee's Miller Park? Runners have a choice of running the 13.1-mile half marathon route or a 10K route. In both cases, the run includes a spin along the warning track at the Brewers' stadium. The event launched last year and drew a great response. The 10K option was added this year. Look for numbers to keep going up. race-brewers.com.
-Ed Berthiaume: 920-993-1000, ext. 213, or email@example.com