Vendors fill the Lambeau Field Atrium for the Prevea Health & Fitness Expo in Green Bay on Friday, May 17, 2013. / Lukas Keapproth/Press-Gazette Media
Scott Pearson of Allouez, who is signed up to run the full Cellcom Marathon, tries on a new pair of running shoes during the Prevea Health & Fitness Expo in Green Bay on Friday, May 17, 2013. / Lukas Keapproth/Press-Gazette Media
If you go
The expo continues from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday in the Lambeau Field Atrium, 1265 Lombardi Ave. Course lectures will occur at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. A forum for new distance runners will be held at noon and 3 p.m.
Erin Bunton (left) and Analicia Jost, both of De Pere, shop for fitness clothing during the Prevea Health & Fitness Expo in Green Bay on Friday, May 17, 2013. / Lukas Keapproth/Press-Gazette Media
GU, gloves and socks.
Those are the only new items that runners need when they hit the road this weekend for the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon events, said marathon veteran Gail Butrymowicz.
The 50-year-old Green Bay distance runner had a lot of advice for new distance runners when she visited the Prevea Health and Fitness Expo on Friday at the Lambeau Field Atrium, 1265 Lombardi Ave. An estimated 18,000 to 20,000 people are expected to visit the two-day expo, which concludes Saturday. It features more than 50 vendors offering running apparel, shoes, accessories, equipment and more.
The expo was held to help runners find last minute products for the 14th annual race events. Saturday’s Cellcom Green Bay 5K Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m. and waves of the WPS Kids’ Power Run begin at 10 a.m.
The 13.1-mile half marathon and 26.2-mile marathon begin at 7 a.m. Sunday. More than 13,000 people are registered to participate in the weekend race events.
Energy gel helps runners maintain energy, gloves keep hands warm during morning races and it’s important to wear socks made with material that wicks sweat away from the body and prevents blisters, Butrymowicz said.
“I hope nobody’s buying their shoes here today to run in the marathon,” she said, adding runners should only wear shoes they have trained in.
She also advised runners to wear an older shirt to start the race, then toss it after their bodies heat up and the temperatures rise.
“You tend to overdress then you just kill yourself the whole run because you’re so hot,” she said.
The marathon events were canceled last year about two and half hours into the race due to excessive heat and humidity.
Temperatures are not expected to be an issue this year, with a mid-50s forecast for 8:30 a.m. Saturday. That number could rise to the low 60s by 11 a.m. On Sunday, runners could expect temperatures in the mid-50s at the start of the race, though the low 70s is expected by noon.
Race director Sean Ryan said crews have taken steps to provide runners with more fluids and ice along the routes.
“I’m confident the medical team is going to be handle to anything Mother Nature dishes out,” he said.
He urged runners to listen to their bodies and slow down if they need to.
“Stay well hydrated and you’ll be fine throughout the whole race. And you’ll make it safe to the finish line, which should be your first goal.”
Pat Scarfo, 68, operated a booth at the expo featuring energy gel and running apparel for National Running Center based in Scranton, Pa. He said marathon runners should consume the gel every 45 minutes so they “don’t hit the wall after so many miles.” The product helps with endurance and gives someone carbohydrates to fuel their system.
GU Energy Gel stations are located at mile marker 7.5 on the half marathon course and at that spot as well as markers 13.1 and 20 on the marathon course.
Jordan Heider, 36, of De Pere plans to run his first half marathon Sunday in under 1 hour and 50 minutes.
On Friday, he bought a new pair of shoes at the expo and said he planned to wear them during the race. He immediately put them on to loosen them up.
“What’s the worst that could happen?” he asked before adding, “runners have to be a little bit crazy I think.”
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