Resolve to Join Us for the 2016 Bellin Run

December 29, 2015

It’s time to make those New Year’s resolutions, and there’s no better way to kick off 2016 than by signing up for the 40th annual Bellin Run.

Online registration is now open for the Saturday, June 11 10K (6.2-mile) run/walk through Green Bay and Allouez. Signing up today is a great way to kick off the New Year with a fun, attainable and affordable commitment to health and wellness.

“Having the Bellin Run on your calendar will help keep you motivated as you work toward your 10K goal,” said executive race director Randy Van Straten. “While you’re at it, recruit family members and friends to commit to running or walking the Bellin. You’ll support one another in training — and celebrate together on race day.”

All 2016 runners and walkers will receive an official Bellin Run technical T-shirt, which is a change from past years when participants had to pay more to upgrade from a cotton to a technical shirt. Participants also will receive finisher medals, which are handed out every five years.

“Our 40th anniversary is the perfect time to run or walk your first Bellin, shoot for a new time goal, or return to the road if you haven’t joined us in a few years,” said assistant race director Linda Maxwell. “In addition to our 40th anniversary perks, we’ll have plenty of great surprises and celebrations to mark this important milestone.”

Runners and walkers will be well-supported in their training — even if they’re starting from scratch. Free weekly training runs and walks begin March 23, offering the perfect opportunity to build mileage slowly so participants can go the distance on race day.

“That’s what I love about the 10K distance — you have to commit to training, but it won’t take over your life,” said Bellin running expert Nate Vandervest, who leads the weekly training runs. “I’ve seen some incredible transformations from week one of training to race day — people who never thought they could walk or run 6.2 miles are so proud when they accomplish that goal. More often than not, they want to keep running, keep active — and that’s where the healthy lifestyle changes take hold.”

In addition to the no-cost weekly training runs and walks, the Bellin Run website is a terrific source of free training information for participants. From nutrition and injury info to training tips, videos and more, Bellin’s team of experts is there to help everyone from the first-time runner to the seasoned veteran meet their goals.

“No matter what your fitness level, you can start the New Year off right by resolving to walk or run the Bellin Run,” Van Straten said. “It’s a great way to commit to a healthier you in 2016.”

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