Thursday, July 9, 2009

Information on 2010 Marathon

Two new events will highlight the second InStep Icebreaker Indoor Marathon. Event organizers have announced the addition of a half-marathon and a marathon relay to this unique running event at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The races will take place over two days, January 23-24, 2010.

Last year's inaugural Icebreaker Marathon featured just one race – a full 26.2-mile marathon. The event sold out and was a huge success, receiving international media coverage. The race winner was Madison’s Bryan Schneider, who went on to finish 121st out of over 20,000 runners in this year's Boston Marathon. The indoor marathon field consisted of runners of all abilities and from 11 states ranging from Texas to Pennsylvania.

The half marathon and marathon relay will be held on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday. There will be two half-marathon starting times. The first race will begin at 7 a.m. and will feature the faster runners; the second race will begin at 9:30 a.m. The marathon relay will start at 1 p.m. Sunday’s main event will begin at 8 a.m. Please note that all times are tentative.

The capacity of each half marathon and the marathon will be 120 runners. Forty of the slots in both the half and full marathons will be reserved for runners who sign up for the Gold Medal Challenge, which means they will run in both races. This is similar to the Goofy Challenge at the Walt Disney Marathon and Half Marathon. For the Icebreaker, finishers of the half marathon will receive a Bronze Medal, finishers of the full marathon will receive a Silver Medal, and finishers of both races will receive a Gold Medal.

The Olympic theme also ties in well with the Pettit Center’s hosting of the US Olympic Speedskating Trials in October.

Registration for the Icebreaker Indoor Marathon is expected to open on Monday, August 3 at 8 a.m. CST. Registration will be done online and a link will be posted on this site.

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