The Bellin Run, a 10K held annually in Green Bay, Wisconsin on the second Saturday in June, is one of the region’s premier sporting events and has grown to be one of the largest 10K races in the nation.
The event was first held on June 12, 1977, and was known as the Bellin Heartwarming Run, to promote cardiovascular fitness. Intended to be a one-time event to celebrate an addition to Bellin Hospital, the run drew 881 participants and featured running great Frank Shorter. Early the next year, Bellin began receiving calls about the date for the next Bellin Run, so another was held – and a tradition was born.
In its 36 years, the Bellin Run has grown to inspire a growing number of individuals to engage in healthy habits. In 2012, the event drew 18,428 walkers, runners and wheelchair participants – the largest field ever.
Those numbers have included running greats Bill Rodgers, Joan Samuelson, Bruce Bickford, Ed Eyestone, Joseph Kimani, Uta Pippig, Tegla Loroupe and many more elite athletes and Olympians.
In addition to the participants, the other big winner of the Bellin Run is Bellin College. Since 1991, a portion of the registration fees has benefited the Belllin College Scholarship Fund. The total contribution has reached more than $150,000.