Inaugural Half Marathon Hits 1,500 Participants

Green Bay’s Kositzke Wins First-Ever Bellin Women’s Event in 1:28:48

One thousand, five hundred runners ran the inaugural Bellin Women’s Half Marathon on Saturday, Sept. 26, celebrating sisterhood through an event that was the first of its kind in Northeastern Wisconsin.

Twelve hundred race participants registered to run the 13.1 miles as individuals, while another 300 were part of two-person relay teams, bringing the race to its first-year capacity. The youngest individual registrant was 14; the oldest, 73.

Terra Kositzke broke the finisher’s tape for Saturday’s race, winning decisively in a time of 1:28:48. Shauna McNiff of Marshfield, Mass. was second in 1:29:42, with Maggie Opelt of De Pere rounding out the top three with a time of 1:31:30.

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Weather conditions ranged from temperate at the start to unseasonably warm later in the race.

The temperature was 62 degrees and the skies sunny when the half marathon began at 8 a.m. at Bay Shore Park in New Franken. By later morning, runners crossing the Bay Beach Amusement Park finish line were experiencing temperatures in the low- to mid-70s

Dubbed “a race to empower women,” the Bellin Women’s Half Marathon was created to celebrate and motivate female athletes of all levels and abilities. The focus also provided an opportunity to spotlight training and health issues specifically related to women, such as the unique challenges facing runners who are mothers.

The event offered a one-of-a-kind race weekend experience. Registration included admission to the Friday night Women’s Inspiration Dinner, as well as a unique collectable finisher medallion and a quality long-sleeve finisher shirt and headband. Runners sipped non-alcoholic champagne and snacked on chocolate and other delicacies as they celebrated their finish.

The celebration continues tonight, when participants and their families will gather for a dance party and awards ceremony at the Green Bay CityDeck/Hagemeister Park. The festivities run from 6:30-10:30 p.m., with the awards ceremony at 8 p.m. Fox 11 Good Day Wisconsin co-anchor Rachel Manek will emcee the event.

The second annual Bellin Women’s Half Marathon will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016.

More information is available at www.bellinwomenshalf.com.