DE PERE, Wis. (WBAY) - Volunteers and organizers of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon are trying something new for the 20th anniversary.
Participants of the Cellcom 5k will receive a basket of donuts, made fresh at the finish line for the 20th anniversary of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon (WBAY photo)
And it's something your taste buds are sure to enjoy.
"These are made fresh that morning, so I feel like you guys are going to smell the delicious donuts as you are crossing the finish line," explains Samantha Petersen, community involvement specialist at Festival Foods.
You can imagine that sugary goodness wafting through the air, created by this year's newest addition: donut holes.
"We figure it's 9 a.m. Slider dogs are great, but why don't we do something that's more fitting for the time of day and do something that's kind of fun and something to just make it a different experience," says Petersen.
Festival Foods and the Marq are creating a mobile kitchen, making 25,000 donuts fresh at the finish line Saturday morning.
"They'll be flash fried for about 15 seconds to make them hot and tasty, and then the volunteers will be shaking cinnamon and sugar with them," says Petersen.
New foods this year are all made locally, including cheese snacks from BelGioioso.
All this is just for participants, but spectators can buy them at the finish line food tent.
That money, and other race proceeds, benefit local charities, to the tune of $1.4 million dollars over 19 years.
"In the past three years, we've received over $126,000, which we have used here at the YMCA Full Circle program," says Kathy Wucherer, annual giving director, YMCA.
"Full Circle is a program for children on the autism spectrum to be in recreational classes at the YMCA for seven weeks each," explains Holly Tritabaugh, YMCA Full Circle coordinator.
We first showed you the Full Circle program back in 2017.
Since then, the program and need have grown, creating a wait list of more than 100 kids.
"This marathon has been a part of us since 2015, when we started Full Circle, and that benefit has been huge, because it really is our sole funding for Full Circle here at the YMCA, so we've been very, very blessed," says Tritabaugh.
As a charity recipient, the YMCA, in turn, provides volunteers.
"I have another mom and her son that will be in the food tent with me again. They've done that since we started, so this will be our fourth time together serving brats or now mini donuts," says Tritabaugh.
But it may be a harder task than you might think to give them away.
"Especially for myself! I love donuts!" says Tritabaugh, laughing.