Dollars well spent. How proceeds from the Fox Cities Marathon positively impact local schools.

Posted on May 3, 2023, by

The Community First Fox Cities Marathon Presented by Miron Construction has a mission to inspire health, wellness and community one step at a time. By community, we mean giving back to support our fellow neighbors!

The Fox Cities Marathon holds various challenges during race weekend, including our School Challenge. At no cost to the school, a team of students can participate in any weekend event to help their school win some cash. Students can participate in any event, but the most common family-friendly events include the Guardian Kids Fun Run, Huggies® Diaper Dash & Toddler Trot and the Ascension 5K Run/Walk. Schools with the highest percentage of participation win and receive $750, $500 or $250 to use toward improvements or needed supplies for students.

Another way we support local schools is through donations to local cross-country teams for volunteering on race weekend. Last year, we donated $1,000 to eleven local cross-country teams that volunteered at water stations along our course.

Here are the winners of the 2022 School Challenge in each division:

Large School Division

1st Place – Freedom Elementary

2nd Place – Westside Elementary, Kimberly

3rd Place – Greenville Elementary

Medium School Division

1st Place – Spring Road Elementary, Neenah

Small School Division

1st Place – Celebration Lutheran School, Appleton

2nd Place – St. Paul Lutheran School, Appleton

3rd Place – St. Edward Catholic School, Mackville

Read about some of our 2022 school participants and how they put their dollars to good use:

1. Spring Road Elementary School

Spring Road Elementary School, the first-place winner in their school division, purchased shirts for their running club at no cost to participants. Students voted on the design they liked best, helping create a sense of belonging and pride among members of the club, many of whom do not participate in other team activities. They’ve also designated the remaining funds to help pay the race entry fee for students who may not be able to afford the entry fee.

2. Westside Elementary School

Westside Elementary School in Kimberly took second place in the School Challenge for their division and used their winnings to support the purchase of outdoor disc golf sets that will help keep students engaged and active in new ways.

3. St. Edward School

St. Edward School, the third-place winner in their school division, used their winnings to help encourage creativity in their classrooms with the purchase of art supplies that students have been able to enjoy all year long.

4. Appleton West, Neenah and Menasha High Schools

Appleton West High School, Neenah High School and Menasha High School were among 11 cross-country teams to volunteer their time to manage water stations along our course. Each team received a $1,000 donation toward their running programs. 

Appleton West purchased mile flags and photo backdrops to be used for the cross-country team’s home meets. Neenah High School used its funds to help pay for coach buses for transportation to away meets and to support fundraising efforts for new uniforms. Menasha High School purchased a new tent to provide shade at meets.

The Extra Mile

Want to get your students involved and win some money for your school? It’s easy and there is no cost to create a team!

  1. Visit the School Challenge page on our website.
  2. Set up a School Challenge Team for your school using your school’s name as the Team Name.
  3. Students can join your school’s team during their Individual Registration Process.
  4. Use our School Challenge flyer to recruit students to register and join your team.

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