Get Race Weekend Started with Thursday, Friday Events
June 8, 2017
As many participants know, the Bellin Run is not the only event that happens during the second weekend in June. Of course there’s the Saturday 10K everyone’s been training so hard for — but that is not the only fun-filled day!
Thursday, June 8th kicks off with an afternoon charity run, which anyone can attend for a donation of their choosing.
Thursday Evening Charity Fun Run
The Bellin Run and the Green Bay Press-Gazette, part of the USA TODAY Network, are proud to present the Run with Greatness Charity Fun Run!
The Bellin Run has a long history of bringing some of the world’s best runners to Green Bay to compete in the region’s premier 10K. This 2-mile charity run gives everyone in attendance the opportunity run with — but not get left in the dust by — a star-studded crop of elite runners and legends of the sport.
And speaking of elites, we’re pleased to announce a schedule change that will allow more community members the chance to run with these awesome athletes for charity. Previously a Friday morning event, the 2-mile Run with Greatness Bellin Charity Fun Run will now take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8, beginning at Astor Park.
It’s your chance to run with elites including reigning Bellin Run champ Meb Keflezighi, as well as legends of the sport including Bill Rodgers, Joan Samuelson and Uta Pippig.
Donations are on a freewill basis and can be made online or in person at Astor Park the evening of the event. Moneys raised will benefit myTEAM TRIUMPH. Click here to donate online, or remember to bring your cash donation for collection on June 8.
We’d love to see the bright shining faces of Bellin Run participants and supporters at our Friday events, too — so here’s your full rundown:
Just when you think the day can’t get any better, we’ve got a host of great activities in Astor Park. There’s plenty going on, so bring the whole family. Here’s the rundown:
o Registration/Packet Pick-up—3-8 p.m.
If you’re registered already, this is the time to stop and get your race packet. If you have not registered at this point, no worries! Registration will be open until 8 p.m. at the Astor Park Registration tent. The price to register in person on June 9 is $40.
o Health and Fitness Expo—3-8 p.m.
The expo features booths with health education, nutrition information, fitness equipment and apparel vendors, as well community organizations. The Bellin Health Sports Medicine booth will be offering free injury consultations.
o Children’s Activities—3-8 p.m.
Activities for kiddos will include giant inflatable slides and bouncers, art projects, music, face painting and more help children get in on the fun!
o Spaghetti Dinner—4-8 p.m.
Carb up with an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner! Our dinner is delicious and affordable, so bring the whole family. The prices are just $6 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under, and free for anyone under 2 years old. The menu includes salad, garlic toast, spaghetti with marinara or meat sauce, bowtie mac & cheese, baby carrots, apple slices, cookies, water and Pepsi products.
o Athlete Autographs—6-7 p.m.
Bellin’s world-class runners will be signing autographs in the autograph tent. Look for the sign and come meet some of the world’s most accomplished runners, including Bill Rodgers, Joan Samuelson and Uta Pippig. They will be joined again this year by special guest Meb Keflezighi, a four-time Olympian and our defending Bellin Run champ.
Participant Events — 4-7 p.m.
Three great events take place Friday night: Back to the Road Crew, Triumph Mile and Children’s Run.
o Back to the Road Crew—4 p.m.
Sponsored by Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists of Green Bay, the Back to the Road Crew is made up of people who have faced recovery and rehabilitation from surgery or a major illness and want to get “Back to the Road.” They’ll complete a one-mile course (two laps around Astor Park) to celebrate their recovery. This is an invitation-only event.
o TRIUMPH Mile—5 p.m.
The TRIUMPH Mile is one-mile walk/run for individuals with mild disabilities who require guidance from able-bodied athletes. The event’s goal is to provide a health-enhancing and mentor-building opportunity for individuals with disabilities by utilizing a team-based endurance athletic approach.
o Children’s Run—6 p.m.
Boys and Girls deserve their own time to shine while enjoying healthy activities. The Children’s Run is a half-mile run around the perimeter of Astor Park. This is a non-competitive fun run. Every kid is a winner! Registration is just $12, or $15 in person on Friday evening. Participants receive an official Bellin Run T-shirt, a cool light-up power bracelet and a great finisher medal.
Younger kids have earlier bedtimes, so we organize the event from youngest to oldest. The categories are as follows:
6 p.m. Children ages 4 and younger
6:15 p.m. Children ages 5-6
6:30 p.m. Children ages 7-8
6:45 p.m. Children ages 9-10
To register for this event visit:
Several of our Friday events require registration, so please sign up accordingly. It will be a fun-filled day designed to get everyone excited for race day — so come on out and enjoy it! We can’t wait to see you there. Good luck, have fun and #RunYourTown!