Community First Fox Cities Marathon returns with in-person and virtual events

Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 11:50 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 8, 2021 at 7:12 PM CDT
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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - The Community First Fox Cities Marathon will hold in-person and virtual events for the 2021 race.

The 30th annual marathon is scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 17-19.

“We have been really watching what’s happening around the country in racing and people are pulling off races with the proper safety protocols in place so we’re feeling really excited and thrilled that we’re going to be lucky enough to hold our event in the fall,” said Tara Perre, Director of the Community First Fox Cities Marathon Presented by Miron Construction.

The marathon will have COVID-19 safety protocols for the in-person events.

This includes social distancing and asking people to wear a mask. Capacity will also be limited.

Perre added, “I think people are super excited just to get back out and have an in person race. So we’re already fifty percent full for the full marathon. We’re looking to have about 650 in the full. Our half marathon will be about two thousand people and we are well on our way there as well.”

Organizers say the marathon will be the first in person event of its kind in Northeast Wisconsin, with the Cellcom Marathon in May and the Bellin Run in June both being virtual for the second year in a row.

A Home Edition Virtual race will be available to those who do not want to run in-person or when the capacity cap is met.

“I think it’s the first marathon I ever ran, and I love it, I’ve been back, many many times,” said Appleton runner Steve Wieckert.

Many runners, like Wieckert use the race as a qualifier for the much bigger Boston Marathon, which he hopes to compete in, once again next year.

“I’m excited about it, and I think there’s a lot of pent up energy,” he said, adding, “A lot of my friends I haven’t seen in a long time, so it will be half the fun for the race, just to see your old running buddies.”

Registration is required. People are encouraged to sign up quickly if they want to take part in the in-person events. CLICK HERE for registration information.

The 2020 marathon was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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