FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Debbie Jansen
Race Operations Manager
Fox Cities Marathon Medals to be Keepsakes for Finishers
APPLETON, WI - Finishers in this year's Sunday, Sept. 23, events during the
Community First Fox Cities Marathon Festival of Races will be able to hang
on to the memory for years to come in a special way. Those completing the
Community First Fox Cities Marathon, U.S. Cellular Half Marathon, Appleton
Papers PowerWalk, and Orthopedic & Sports Institute Relay Marathon on Sept.
23, will receive the first of a series of seven collectible medals. The
medals will feature scenes on the 26.2-mile course from the seven Fox
Veteran runner Ron Goudreau, a member of the Pacesetters Running Club who
has run 15 of the last 16 Fox Cities Marathons, is excited about the
commemorative medals. "Completing a marathon is a uniquely satisfying
achievement and having a finisher's medal with a design featuring a
community landmark makes the medal an extra special keepsake," he said.
The first in the series of collectible medals features the lighthouse at
Kimberly Point in Neenah.
"The collectible medal series featuring the Fox Cities' communities covered
in the Sunday events was designed in a way to honor those communities and
residents who have supported us during the past 17 years," marathon events
manager Debbie Jansen said. "It also is a means to showcase the great
cities and villages that make the Fox Cities so special."
After years of starting at Riverside Park and near the lighthouse, this
year's Sept. 23 events will now finish at Riverside Park in Neenah. They
will begin on Midway Road at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, which
was the previous starting point. The last scenic mile of the course will
take participants past Lake Winnebago and Kimberly Point.
In addition, the entire course showcases many Fox Cities' landmarks to the
more than 4,000 participants, expected to come from 40 states and four
countries. Future medal designs and cities to be featured in subsequent
years will be announced later.
"The fact that the Community First Fox Cities Marathon medals will
highlight each of the marathon route cities as a collectible series in
future years is great," Goudreau said. "Of course those of us who have
completed most or all of the previous Fox Cities Marathons might wish the
series started years ago. But it now gives everyone another reason to be
back next year."
The Community First Fox Cities Marathon is a 501(c)3 non-profit
organization. With over 4,700 participants in 2006, the 17th annual
weekend of events is set for September 22-23, 2007.