2014 Registration Now Open!
Registration is now open for the 2014 Community First Fox Cities Marathon presented by Miron Construction. Register before March 31st and you will save $10 on the full and half marathon prices. Race caps were reached in the full, half and relay marathons in 2013 – so sign up early to guarantee your spot and save money!
Miron Construction New Platinum Sponsor
Miron Construction, Neenah, has increased their 2014 sponsorship of the Community First Fox Cities Marathon and will now be the Platinum Sponsor. With this change, the name of the weekend of events will now be the Community First Fox Cities Marathon presented by Miron Construction.
"We've been a sponsor of the Marathon for countless years and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to step up our involvement to become the Platinum sponsor," said David G. Voss, Jr., president & CEO of Miron Construction Co., Inc.
Winter Training Tips: Stay Steady & Don’t Over Do It
In most people’s opinion, this winter seems to be one of the worst in recent years. More snow than
average and a record number of below zero nights makes us wishing for those hot and humid dog days of summer!
Another problem with the long and cold winter is the difficulty of maintaining your fitness level for anextended period of time. Sure, you can run on the treadmill at the local fitness club or in your basement but we all know how slowly the minutes click by on those days. Or maybe you can do some cross-training, but is your fitness level really getting the most ‘bang-for-your-buck’ with these activities? Don’tget me wrong, treadmills and cross-training are great ways to break up the sometimes monotonous effort of everyday training and are extremely beneficial to preventing and recovering from injuries, but as winter winds down (hopefully sooner rather than later) now is the time to start thinking about gradually increasing yourrunning/walking distance.
One of the biggest pitfalls we as runners and walkers have to watch out for when the spring weather arrives is doing too much too soon – simply because we just want to get out and enjoy the sun and the fact we can wear less than 4 layers and still be comfortable! A general rule of thumb is that you should never increase your mileage/effort by more 10% every week or two. Not sticking to this plan – even if you feel great – increases your chance for an overuse injury at the worst time of the year, right when the weather gets nice. So now that the calendar has turned to March, plan on trying to build back up your fitness level over the course of the next 6-8 weeks gradually towards that spring race of your choice. And keep in mind that as you’re gradually building up your fitness level this spring, you’re also ‘putting miles in the bank’ and building your base in preparations for the race of your choice at this year’s Community First Fox Cities Marathon presented by Miron Construction.
In addition, don’t forget to keep in mind these other things to help keep you injury-free:
- Check your shoes – make sure they’re still in good shape. The cold temperatures help break down the impact reducing materials in shoes faster than during the summer months, so you may need to replace them a little bit sooner than expected.
- Hydrate – as important as it is to stay hydrated in the winter (when you don’t always feel as thirsty as when it’s warmer), hydration becomes even more important when you’re increasing your distances and upping the intensity of your workouts.
- Know your route – watch out for spring pot-holes, hidden ice patches and if your train on trails – any damage that the winter months did to the trails and its footing
Good Luck, Have Fun & Stay Healthy!
2014 Marathons of Wisconsin Challenge Announced!
“MARATHONS OF WISCONSIN” CHALLENGE TO DEBUT IN 2014
Race series dares
runners to participate in five events, including two in Madison, to earn extra
Runners looking to push themselves have a new way to earn bragging rights and
add to their medal collection in 2014. “Marathons of Wisconsin,” a brand new
challenge, asks runners to participate in five Wisconsin marathons or half
marathons throughout the course of the year. Athletes who complete all five
events will receive a commemorative medal for their efforts.
In order to have the ability to say that they truly have run Wisconsin,
runners will need to complete either a full or half marathon in all five events.
Each runner must complete at least one full marathon in one ofthe following
Athletes who find themselves unable to register for the 2014 Icebreaker
Indoor Marathon and Half Marathon due to that event’s popularity still have the
opportunity to complete the Marathons of Wisconsin challenge by participating in
the 2015 edition of Icebreakers. All other races, however, must be completed in
one calendar year to be eligible for the medal at the end of the
Go to www.marathonsofwisconsin.com for more information.