Wednesday, June 22, 2011

2011 WELS Kids Marathon Update #1

Welcome to the 2011 WELS Kids Marathon! We are excited to bring you this unique event full of fun once again this summer. If you are receiving this update, that means we have you on our list as an entrant. We hope you are enjoying running and reading all summer and learning the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. If you have any comments or concerns, please email us at

Reading & Running Logs

There has been some confusion about the Reading & Running Logs this year. It can be found and printed from our website Please look to the right side of the screen near the top and you will see a link to the printable Logs. Print as many as you need. We apologize if this caused any confusion this year.

Final Event

For those of you in the Greater Milwaukee Area, the final “Mile” event will be held at Wisconsin Lutheran College’s Raabe Stadium on Saturday, August 27th starting at 6:00PM. This is an evening event this year in hopes that the kids who have sports practices on Saturday mornings will be able to attend. We are still planning the details but we should have lots of prizes to give away and maybe a surprise guest appearance. We do have a couple schools in Green Bay that have joined and will have their own final mile.

Name the Race Contest

In an effort to attract more kids to join us in the fun over the summer, we have decided to rename the WELS Kids Marathon. But we want YOU to give us the name. Please email us with your suggestions. The rules are simple, please keep the suggestions to a relatively short name and it must include “Kids Marathon” in the name. The child who suggests the winning name will be given a free entry into all our future Kids Marathon until they are past 8th grade. If more than one child suggests the winning name, he/she will all be given a free entry into next year’s Kids Marathon. Please email us your suggestions at

New This Year

We are planning having up to 4 different “Group Fun Runs” around the Milwaukee area this summer. The dates have not been scheduled yet but they will likely be in the evenings on Saturdays or Sundays. The idea is just to get together and have fun exercising with friends and family so bring your friends along. We plan on having Group Fun Runs in South Milwaukee, Muskego, Waukesha, and possibly in Sussex. Each run will be planned by a different WELS Kids Marathon Committee Member so they will all be different. Everyone is welcome to any or all of these runs. Locations, dates, times, and directions will come soon.


An event like this cannot be done without all our great sponsors who help us out with cash donations, supplies and prizes. We would like to again thank Thrivent Financial who is our main sponsor for the 3rd year in a row. If you would like to become a sponsor or know someone or company that would like to become a sponsor, please email us at


Our website ( has all the information you may need about the 2011 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.

Thank you,

Bill Schneider
WELS Kids Marathon Director