Cheesiest Marathon Back For More


Second running promises to bring greater numbers to Kenosha-based event

KENOSHA, WIS.-- After an impressive debut in its 2009 running, Wisconsin

Marathon organizers have promised a larger, more exciting event in 2010.

Because of overwhelming demand for the first-ever race last year (which saw

the event sell out even after the field had been expanded), the 2010 race

has been enlarged to accommodate more marathon and half marathon runners,

though even with the adjustment, organizers still expect a sell out.

Continuing its popular theme from last year, the Wisconsin Marathon will

remain å_the cheesiest marathonå_ and stay focused on the dairy staple

synonymous with the raceå_s home state. By providing an all cheesehead start

corral, a large, metal cheese medal and å_cheesyå_ photo stations, in

addition to a post-race brat and beer festival and plenty of polka music,

the race provides a fun-filled atmosphere for one of lifeå_s most exciting

challenges, the marathon.

Cheesy antics aside, without a doubt the largest draw for Wisconsin

Marathoners is the city of Kenoshaå_s beautiful lakeside course. Nestled

along Lake Michigan and in the quaint Kenosha downtown area (a short one

hour drive from Chicago and Milwaukee), the Wisconsin Marathon offers one of

the Midwestå_s most scenic USATF-certified courses. å_After last yearå_s event,

we received an incredible amount of feedback. Runners loved our

cheese-themed entertainment along the course, but the real treat for them

was being able to run along the lake for such a long and beautiful stretch,å_

says Wisconsin Marathon race director Jonathan Cain. å_Last yearå_s event was

such a positive experience and so much fun, that we want more people to

enjoy our race this year.å_

In addition to fielding compliments, feedback from last yearå_s event has

enabled race organizers to perfect the course by eliminating a fun, but

confusing parade loop in the city center and adjusting race-day necessities

(more port-a-potties!).

å_Weå_ve fine-tuned this race to make it even better than last yearå_s event.

But the things that marathoners fell in love with in 2009 will still be our

raceå_s calling-card, namely, a beautiful location, fun atmosphere, great

after party, original and unique course entertainment, and, of course,

cheese!å_ Says Cain. å_This year weå_ve also added a Family Fitness Walk to the

event line-up to make sure that everyone coming to Kenosha for the marathon

will be able to actively participate.å_

The Wisconsin Marathon, Half Marathon and Family Fitness Walk are scheduled

to run on May 1, 2010. More details and registration information are

available online at
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