Cellcom Green Bay Marathon events begin Friday afternoon

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Thousands of runners will pound the pavement of Green Bay this weekend for the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon.

Race events kick off Friday afternoon with the Prevea Health and Fitness Expo at Lambeau Field. It goes from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Runners can also register and pick up their packets during this time.

More than 12,000 runners are expected to take part in marathon weekend events. They come from 44 states in the U.S. and 14 countries abroad.

On Sunday morning, the full marathon and half marathon will begin at Lambeau Field, about one hour apart.

The half marathon course goes along tree-lined streets on the west side of Green Bay and Ashwaubenon.

For the full marathon, runners head to De Pere, down the Fox River Trail, to downtown Green Bay, and back to Lambeau Field.

There are six spectator spots along the marathon path. New this year, race organizers are educating race watchers with a class called Spectating 101, which will be held Saturday at 1 p.m.

"Sometimes spectators don't really know what to do. They don't know how to navigate a course. They aren't sure of the right or wrong things to say. So we have two great people, a husband and wife team, they're doing a little talk about how you are a good spectator," said Toni Jaeckels, Race Director.

Also new this year, a special celebration for runners who accomplish a personal record.

"We have a PR bell and the Shopko Foundation is sponsoring our PR bell. If someone hits a personal record as soon as they finish, they can ring the PR bell and have a photo opportunity," Jaeckels says.

The marathon is an all-weekend celebration. Saturday's events include the Cellcom Green Bay 5K, the WPS Kids Power Run, and the Prevea Health and Fitness Expo.

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