Sunday, August 15, 2010

2010 WELS Kids Marathon Update #4

We are now less than 2 weeks until the final mile. The committee is working feverishly to get all the final details under control. And all of you are finishing your last few miles and books if you haven’t already done so. As a marathoner myself, I am so proud of all of you and all the work you have done to finish this marathon.

We are close enough to start praying for good weather. Be assured though, even if it is raining, we are still going to run. We are hoping, though, for a nice sunny day that is not too warm. Pictures always look better on a sunny day. And speaking of pictures, we are blessed once again to have Mike Scherf attending to take pictures for us that will be posted on our shutterfly website (password protected) for everyone to enjoy. If you plan on taking pictures yourself, please share with us as we love to see all aspects of the day!

Charity #2

We are pleased to have chosen as a second charity “MS Run The US”. Ashley Kumlien is a 25 year old woman from Brookfield who is running across the entire United States (San Francisco to New York) to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for the disease Multiple Sclerosis (MS). 27 years ago, Ashley’s mother was diagnosed with MS. Why is she doing this? From her website in her own words: “I chose to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis because my mother, Jill Kumlien, has been battling MS for over 27 years. This disease has robbed my mother of the abilities you and I take for granted every day. This run is a tribute to her daily triumph over disabilities associated with having MS, and to all others just like her living with the disabling affects of MS. All donated funds raised by MS Run the US will contribute to The Montel Williams MS Foundation and The National MS Society.”

If you or any parents wants more information about Ashley or MS Run The US or would like to donate to her cause, please visit her website at


We have lots of prizes that have been donated for us to give away at the final mile. You must be present to win a prize and we have lots of prizes to give away. Here is a brief list of most of the prizes (we still have more coming):

6 Nike $25 Gift Card

Bernie the Brewer Bobblehead Doll

Milwaukee Brewers Cinch Pack with Brewers Water Bottle and Brewers T-shirt

2 Ticket Vouchers for a Milwaukee Bucks game in the upcoming season

4 Ticket Vouchers for a Milwaukee Admirals Game (Stern and Bow pack)

2 Complimentary Race entries from Midwest Sports Events for the 2011 Pewaukee Kids Triathlon
Midwest Sports Events Kids Backpacks

2 Performance Running $50 Gift Certificates

2 InStep Running & Walking Centers $50 Gift Certificates

2 Bicycle Doctors $50 Gift Certificates

2 Athlete’s Foot in New Berlin $50 Gift Certificates

Multiple Gift Certificates Barnes & Noble

3 Lasertag Adventure Memberships

Multiple Wisconsin Lutheran High School Shirts

Multiple Wisconsin Lutheran College Shirts

3 Posters donated by Wisconsin Lutheran High School

Race shirts from different marathon around Wisconsin including the Icebreaker Indoor Marathon, Fox Cities Marathon, Paavo Nurmi Marathon, WhistleStop Marathon, The Wisconsin Marathon, and others.

We also have 2 Complimentary Race entries from Midwest Sports Events for the 2011 Pewaukee Adult Triathlon to be given as prizes to some lucky volunteers.


I want to thank all of you who have already volunteered to help us out on August 28th, and some of you helping out even earlier stuffing goodie bags. We could still use a few more to make sure we run a smooth and safe event on the 28th. Please email us at if you are interested in helping. We have about 40 shirts to give out to our volunteers. We are in need of the following:

Course Marshall's to keep the kids safe

Food Prep Set Up

Registration/Packet Pickup Table

Clean Up Committee

Medal Hand Out


Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has helped us our tremendously. “Nearly 3 million members turn to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans to help meet their financial needs. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans offers a wide range of competitive products and personal service. We are committed to serving Lutheran families, communities and congregations. Proud sponsor of the WELS Kids Marathon.”

Southeast Wisconsin Region
20800 Swenson Dr. Ste 175
Waukesha, WI 53186

We are also happy to announce that La Campagne Bakery of Mequon is donating cookies again this year.


There is a website ( with all the information you may need concerning the 2010 WELS Kids Marathon. Some sections you will find on the website include: Frequently asked questions, directions to the Final Event, course map, sponsor links, updates, etc. Please feel free to leave us a comment on the site as well.

Final Event

A friendly reminder that the final event begins at 9:00AM and we ask that all participants arrive no later than 9:30 as we anticipate large lines to get through the packet pick up tables. We are planning a system to make this process smooth but we also have almost 400 participants that need to get there goodie bags.

Thank you,

WELS Kids Marathon Organizing Committee

Bill Schneider – WELS Kids Marathon Director

WELS Kids Marathon Committee:

David Habben

Belinda Matter

Gwen Scherf

Sally Schneider

Greg Uehling

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