2015 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon a Success

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Thousands of runners from near and far laced up Sunday for the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon.

Officials say the 26.2 mile race was as successful as ever and that’s due in part to a system new to this year’s race.

“Awesome! It was absolutely a great start,” says Cellcom Green Bay Marathon Race Director, Larry Lueck.

With more than 1,300 full marathoners, and more than 5,000 half-marathoners, crossing the finish line at Lambeau this year, Lueck says the introduction of a wave start for the race was necessary and worked as planned.

“The wave start went exactly as we thought it was going to go,” explained Lueck.

A wave start allows runners to begin the race in waves, rather than all at the same time, as a way to reduce congestion at the beginning of the run.

“The runners were at a nice rhythm at the start of the race, which is really important, because now they can carry that on for 26.2 miles, they don’t have to worry about dodging and going way too fast at the start, or too slow or being pushed or jostled around, so it was a very very smooth start,” says Lueck.

From the start, the men’s half-marathon winner says he knew he would be taking first. “I was confident, I’m going to have this one today,” says Stanley Boen of Grand Praire, TX.

The 36-year-old says he’ll be back to compete again and tells Local 5 what it’s like to be the first person to cross the finish line of the half-marathon.

“It was fantastic crossing the finish line, being the first person, so then I stopped and relaxed and feel good,” explained Boen.

Lisa Hansen wasn’t necessarily in the race to win it, rather she was running the half, to celebrate a birthday.

“I figured what better way to celebrate your 40th birthday, than to come to Green Bay, run through Lambeau Field, and have your friends come with you,” explained Hansen.

Hansen’s friends say that while the 13.1 mile run was tough, the unique finish line kept them motivated.

“You’re struggling to get there, but that’s pretty motivating to run around the field,” says Mark Harrod.

“Running through Lambeau Field is certainly something I’ll remember,” says Tom Leipzig.

Race officials say it takes more than 2,000 volunteers to help get runners from the start line to the finish line, and to make the event possible.

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