Bellin Health Care Systems, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Bellin Women’s Half Marathon to hold Kickoff Event

Training, women’s health to be focus of free June 26 session

The Bellin Women’s Half Marathon will welcome members of the public for a training kickoff event from 5:30-7:15 p.m. Monday, June 26 at the Green Bay Distillery, 835 Mike McCarthy Way, Ashwaubenon.

This free event is designed to build excitement and help women kick off their training for the third annual Bellin Women’s Half Marathon and two-person relay, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 7. Free, twice-weekly training sessions for the event will begin July 12.

“We’re so excited to welcome back an incredible group of returning runners for our event’s third year,” said race director Linda Maxwell. “At the same time, we hope to reach out to women who are either unfamiliar with our race or unsure about running or walking a half marathon. Our event is all about empowerment, and one of the best things we do is helping first-timers train for and successfully complete this distance.”

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for the kickoff event, with a pizza buffet served beginning at 5:30 and the program starting at 6. Featured speakers will be Bellin Health running expert Nate Vandervest, who will talk about training; and Kim Shefchik, physician assistant with Bellin Health Generations, who will discuss women’s health issues generally and as they relate to running. A Bellin Health physical therapist will be on hand to answer injury questions after the formal program concludes.

The Bellin Women’s Half Marathon has charted a new course for 2017, firmly planting its roots in downtown Green Bay to enhance the participant and spectator experience. This year’s race will start outside the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay and bring participants across the Main Street Bridge to North Broadway, which they’ll traverse through Green Bay and Ashwaubenon and into De Pere. Relay pairs will exchange their wristbands just before participants head down Reid Street and skirt the St. Norbert College campus before crossing the Claude Allouez Bridge in De Pere. They’ll take the scenic Fox River Trail back north, finishing in the heart of downtown on Green Bay’s CityDeck. 

“We’re so excited about this terrific new course, which will provide a host of advantages for participants and spectators alike,” Maxwell said. “Our upcoming kickoff event is the perfect way to get women thinking about their path to the finish line.”

Dubbed “a race to empower women,” the third annual Bellin Women’s Half Marathon will take place Saturday, Oct. 7. The only event of its kind in Northeastern Wisconsin, the race seeks to celebrate and motivate female athletes of all levels and abilities. The focus also provides an opportunity to spotlight training and health issues specifically related to women. Training runs for the third annual event will begin in July. More information is available at