By Tori Wittenbrock
Associate Sports Editor
GREEN BAY – The annual Bellin Women’s Half Marathon and 5K is rapidly approaching for members of the Green Bay community.
This year marks Bellin’s ninth year for their women’s half marathon and it will be their sixth annual 5K.
This event is strongly female-focused and is one of few opportunities of its kind for women in the area.
“This event gives women an empowering space to be themselves, embrace community and chase their goals – whatever their goals might be,” said Race Director Linda Maxwell.
On Friday, Oct. 6, the Health & Fitness Expo and Women’s Inspiration dinner will take place featuring keynote speaker and Pulaski native Deedra Irwin. Irwin also serves as an inspiration to the women in the area through her experience as an Olympic Biathlete.
The races will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 8 a.m. starting at the KI Convention Center, with both events ending at the CityDeck.
Maxwell said that the race can be a meaningful experience for anyone who takes part.
“Every finisher has a story – whether it’s the newcomer running her first race, the postpartum mom getting back at it after childbirth or the woman who just ran her fastest time ever,” said Maxwell.
The race will feature a variety of on-course entertainment as well as a vast spread of post-race nutrition for the competitors.
Although 13.1 miles can be intimidating and daunting, the race can be run as a relay with a two-person team, or even walked.
“All participants – walkers, runners and spectators – can feel the energy and sense of community of this event,” said Maxwell.
For more information about the event and for registration, visit www.bellinwomenshalf.com.