CREATED Sep. 21, 2012
APPLETON, WI - It's going to be a busy weekend in the Fox Valley, as the 22nd annual Fox Cities Marathon takes place. Festivities kick-off Friday afternoon with the kid's run, and continue throughout the weekend. This year organizers are taking new steps to keep runners safe on the course.
“The 2,300 volunteers really help us put this all together. They're the heart of the event and they really make this happen,” said Debbie Jansen, Event Manager.
There are five events this weekend, a kid’s run, a 5k, half marathon, the marathon and the relay.
“We're dotting every "I" and crossing every "T" and making sure every single detail is checked and double checked,” said Jansen.
This year, a new alert system is introduced. It’s a color-coded flag system to show the level of danger, if any, for the race. For example, a black flag would mean the events canceled, while a green flag means conditions are good.
“It just gives everyone the same message all at the same time,” said Jansen.
“Were hoping green to start the day and not have to change it at all on Sunday,” said Jesse Drake, Race Operations Manager.
Runners should also to be aware of the temperatures outside.
“The cool weather will certainly be welcome in the morning, certainly looks like we lucked out in the forecast,” said Drake.
Runners and walkers can pick-up their race packets until 8:00 p.m. Friday. They can also stop by Fox Valley Tech Saturday all day.