One More Wave Start to be Added

March 9, 2010

Organizers of the 34th annual Bellin Run 10K plan to offer eight waves of runners and walkers – one more than last year’s total.

Six waves of runners will leave the starting corral followed by the stroller division in the seventh wave. Walkers will occupy the newly-added eighth wave. Stroller participants last year started at the same time as the walkers.

This year’s change, organizers say, is the result of feedback from participants in last year’s final waves of walkers and stroller division participants. It’s also an effort to address future growth issues, Bellin Run executive race director Randy Van Straten has said. “This change should create a safer, smoother, more enjoyable event for everyone.”

The 34th annual Bellin Run is one of the largest mass participatory events in Northeast Wisconsin with about 93 percent of its participants coming from the area, race organizers say. The 10K (6.2-mile) run/walk winds through the streets of Green Bay and through parts of the village of Allouez.

The race started in 1977 as a one-time event to celebrate an expanded hospital with an inaugural 880 registrants. It has since grown to a record-breaking 16,746 registrants. There has been record participation for the past five consecutive years.

The Bellin Run features world-renowned athletes but it historically has remained a race for everyone. 

“Whether you run or walk it, go solo or team up with a friend, the Bellin Run is a great way for you to start and maintain a healthier lifestyle,” Van Straten said.

Make sure you register soon for this year’s Bellin Run. Visit www.bellinrun.com to register online.

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