Category Archives: Blogs

Walking Keeps Me Mobile at 80-years-young

Posted on Sep 13, 2022, by

By LoVie Schmidt My name is La Verne, but everyone calls me LoVie, and with 80 years around the sun under my belt, I know that staying active is one of the most important things in life. That’s why I walk. I remember reading the newspaper at my home in Appleton, when I saw an […]

Every Journey Starts With the First Step

Posted on Sep 12, 2022, by

by Bob and Lesley Strauss   My name is Bob, my wife is Lesley, and we never expected to compete in marathons when we married. But decades later, they have become a big part of who we are. In fact, we compete in so many that we don’t even train in between them. We just keep […]

Running is Cheaper Than Therapy

Posted on Aug 19, 2022, by

by Michelle Diehl The first time I crossed the finish line of The Community First Fox Cities Marathon Presented by Miron Construction was in 2008. I’ll never forget it. The accomplishment of my first 26.2 miles was incredible, but that’s not what makes it one of my most memorable running moments. I’ll remember that moment […]

Don’t Let Your Disability Keep You on the Sidelines

Posted on Aug 10, 2022, by

By Katie Neuman I’ve spent about half my life struggling to accept myself. I was born with cerebral palsy (CP). It’s a disease that affects my ability to move and maintain balance and posture. As you can imagine, that makes running or even walking a marathon difficult. But that hasn’t stopped me. I’m 30-years-old and […]

Lessons My Son Teaches Me While Running

Posted on Aug 5, 2022, by

By Dan Langlois, ThedaCare Half Marathon participant It’s probably pretty common to hear from distance runners that their family inspires them to keep going. That’s true for me too. My reason for running is my son, Gabriel. He’s 12 years old and is dependent on the use of a wheelchair because he has spina bifida. […]

A Runner’s Reason to Volunteer

Posted on Aug 4, 2022, by

By John Ebel I’ve been a runner since around age 30. My first marathon was in Milwaukee three years before the Community First Fox Cities Marathon Presented by Miron Construction began. During those first years I was running to stay healthy due to my family’s heart history, but over time it became a way of life. I was diagnosed with MS in 1998 at age 46. 2011 […]

In 31 years, much has changed, but much remains the same

Posted on Jul 29, 2022, by

By Fox Cities Marathon staff Deborah Sharkey participated in the Community First Fox Cities Marathon Presented by Miron Construction in its very first year, and she hasn’t stopped. She has 30 medals from different events over the years, and is looking forward to earning her 31st medal his year. She says there have been a […]

Making family memories at the marathon

Posted on Jul 28, 2022, by

by Jeffery Suhr Recently, I went downstairs in my home and counted 22 Fox Cities Marathon medals among my running memorabilia. Each one linked to fond memories of running races with my four daughters and loving wife cheering me on. I first got interested in running when I was a Lutheran minister and members of […]

When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Keep Going

Posted on Jul 21, 2022, by

By Koen Desmet I never sought out to be a runner, but I wasn’t a stranger to being active – I’ve played a lot of basketball over the years. Distance running is different though, and it has taken me a long time to build the stamina to train and register for my first full marathon […]