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Organizers of the 2020 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon won't be bringing thousands of runners together this spring.
In response to COVID-19, the marathon is becoming a "virtual event," they announced Tuesday night.
"As we all collectively fight the coronavirus pandemic, we believe this is the only responsible way for us to hold the event," a statement read.
The event was planned for May 16 and 17 with a full- and half-marathon, 5K, relay and a kids' run.
Runners and walkers who registered for any of the marathon events will be asked to "carry out the miles safely on their own" and will receive their bib, medal and T-shirt for the virtual during the week of May 11.
If you registered and don't want to take part in a virtual run, you can defer your entry to the marathon event next year.
People who want to register for the virtual run can still do so on the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon website until April 20.
Organizers said they considered postponing the event but options were limited.
Summer is too hot, and during the fall Lambeau Field and the stadium district are prepared for football -- whether it's a game weekend or not -- with more traffic and more local events. This would force organizers to relocate the course which had been planned out well in advance.
There were also concerns about bringing together people from around the Midwest and other states, even other countries, in light of the spread of the coronavirus so far this year.
Participants in the virtual event can run individually on any day of their choosing -- it doesn't have to be May 17 -- and can get their miles in any way they choose -- running, walking, pushing a stroller.(04/01/2020) ⚡AMP
With the uncertainty of many spring events, we wanted to give an update to our runners. The status of our event has not changed. We are monitoring the situation as it continues to evolve. Any changes to the status of the race, will be posted on social media and our website. (This was posted March 13 and there have been...more...
A man is using the deep rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys to help a coworker diagnosed with cancer.
When Texas school assistant principal, Bruce Hermans, learned the school's choir director, Allison Hartzell, was battling Stage 4 tongue cancer, he wanted to do something for her.
As an avid runner, Hermans decided to help raise money for Hartzell's treatment by running his first full marathon in his hometown of Green Bay.
Pitting Packers fans against Cowboys fans, the Run4Allison campaign's goal is to raise $1 million by asking fans to donate in the name of their favorite team.
Which ever team raises the most money, is the jersey Hermans says he will wear crossing the finish line at Lambeau Field during the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon.(04/27/2018) ⚡AMP