Training & Pacing

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Marathon & Half Marathon Pace Teams

The Community First Fox Cities Marathon, in partnership with OnPace Race, offers Pace Teams that help participants reach their race-day goals in both the full and half marathons.

  • Participation is FREE for both Full & Half Marathon Pace Teams
  • Register at the On Pace Race booth during the OSMS Health & Wellness Expo
  • Participants will receive information, be able to ask questions and meet some of the Pace Team leaders prior to race-day
  • For a list of FAQ’s to your basic Pace Team questions, please visit: Pace Team FAQ’s

Pace Team Leaders: If you are interested in helping your fellow participants reach their race-day goals in either the full or half marathon, please contact

2019 MARATHON Pace Teams – 2021 teams coming soon

Please feel free to contact the pacers directly if you have any questions regarding their pacing techniques prior to race weekend. Target times will be the following:

Pacing Leader Race Time Contact E-mail
Tim Kowols
Ryan Peterson
3:20 Tim:
Paul LeTourneau
Mike Steffek
3:30 Paul:
 Jeff Picken
Chad Koch
3:40 Jeff:
 Chad Otis
Eric Gerndt
3:50 Chad:
Daniel Johnston
Barry Thrune
4:00 Daniel:
 Jessica Rein
Jeremy Baszynski
4:15 Jessica:
 Jeri Howey
Danny Sornowski
4:30 Jeri:
Kimberly Huntley
Curt Brey
4:45 Kimberly:
Jeremy Anderson
Jill Steffek
5:00 Jeremy:
 Ken Fattmann
Paul Miller
5:30 Ken:
Mary Moran 6:00 Mary:
Esther Sherman Sweeper Esther:

2019 HALF MARATHON Pace Teams:

2021 Pace Teams Coming Soon!

Please feel free to contact the pacers directly if you have any questions regarding their pacing techniques prior to race weekend. Target times will be the following:

Pacing Leader Race Time Contact E-mail
Jordan Neeck
Adam Johnson
1:30 Jordan:
Allison Pitt
Mike James
1:40 Allison:
 Stephanie Kliethermes
Chris Schmitz
1:50 Stephanie:
 Carrie Miller
Ron DuVernay
2:00 Carrie:
 Aaron Hizon
Katie Houle
2:10 Aaron:
Beth Buboltz
Jackie Kohlhagen
 Paula Meyer
Paula Walker
2:30 Paula:
Kristi Traska
Wanda Wanie
2:40 Kristi:
Jen Lefor New: 3:00 Jen:
Melony Sasser New: Sweeper Melony:

For any pre-race weekend questions, please contact

2019 Training Programs:

2021 Training Program Dates Coming Soon!

Marathon, Relay & Half Marathon Training Runs and Walks May  – September


In conjunction with the PaceSetters Running Club and hosted by Run Away Shoes, the Marathon, Relay and Half Marathon Training Runs & Walks take place every Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. Relay runners are encouraged to use the half marathon schedule. All ages, paces and experience levels are welcome!


Start / Finish Location: Run Away Shoes

W3192 County Road KK, Appleton


Training Run/Walk Provided:

  • Free and open to the public!
  • Mapped routes, turn-by-turn directions
  • Routes include sections along the Fox Cities Marathon course
  • Water & Gatorade support along the course for a 13:30 pace
  • Snacks, coffee, water & Gatorade at the finish
  • ThedaCare Orthopedics Plus Physical Therapists on site to answer your questions after week 3
  • A safe and runner/walker friendly course
  • Knowledgeable PaceSetters Running Club and Fox Cities Marathon Staff present to answer any questions regarding training, registration, etc.

ThedaCare Training Guide

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ThedaCare Orthopedic Care has gone the extra mile for you again this year in developing a Training Guide for Marathon and Half Marathon participants.  Not only will this plan help you prepare for your race, but it does so in a day-by-day format that is manageable in your busy schedule. FREE weekly injury assessment and tips & pointers are all included!

Download your 2019 ThedaCare Training Guide  – 2021 Training Guide coming soon

2019 Training Run & Walk Schedule – 2021 schedule coming soon

See below for the 2019 training run schedule dates and distances. For additional information, including links to maps and directions for each week’s training route, please go to the PaceSetters Running Club website.

For any Saturday morning where there might be inclement weather – or the possibility of it – please visit the PaceSetters of the Fox Cities Facebook page for updates.

Date Marathon Distance Half Marathon Distance
May 25 8 4
June 1 9 4
June 8 6 5
June 15 11 6
ThedaCare Physical Therapists available after training runs starting June 15
June 22 12 5
June 29 9 7
July 6 14 7.5
July 13 15 8
July 20 13.1 6.2
Prediction Run – Neenah
July 27 17 8
August 3 18 10
August 10 13 8
August 17 20 10
August 24 12 6
August 31 20 11
Sept. 7 12 7
Sept. 14 8 5
Sept. 22 Community First Fox Cities Marathon ThedaCare Half Marathon


Free FULL & HALF MARATHON 101 – 2020 information coming soon

The PaceSetters and Community First Fox Cities Marathon present Carrie Miller. 

Carrie is an experienced pacer and personal run coach certified by the USATF and RRCA. She’s run 38 full marathons including 9 Boston Marathons as well as 50 and 100 mile ultras. She and her husband Paul have 5 young children.

At this event you’ll learn:

  • Maintaining Balance – Moms Run This Town/She Runs This Town joins Carrie for questions and answers.
  • Physical Aspects of Training – Learn specifics of a training plan.
  • Mental Training – How to do this and why it’s so important.
  • Race Day Specifics – You’ve trained hard. Now set your mental and physical goal and crush it!

There will be plenty of time for Q&A of the speakers and marathon staff. You’ll be able to check out the latest walking and running shoes. Refreshments will be served and every attendee will be entered in for a chance to win:

  • FREE pair of running shoes.
  • FREE entry for either the Community First Fox Cities Marathon or the ThedaCare Half Marathon!

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Free 5K Training Program

2020 details coming soon!

We’re excited to announce a new partnership with Fleet Feet Fox Valley – our very own 5K training program!

Join us and Fleet Feet for a free and fun 8-week training program for the Sept. 19 Ascension 5K Run/Walk, part of our marathon weekend of events.
Fleet Feet’s training program  features one group work out every week, Thursdays at 6 p.m. from Community First Credit Union’s Home Office at 1575 Dresang Way in the Village of Fox Crossing, starting Aug. 1.
Group workouts are fully supported run/walks complete with hydration stations, turn-by-turn routes, and a team of mentors. You’ll also get a comprehensive weekly newsletter, Facebook group and guest presenters on a variety of topics including nutrition, motivation, injury prevention and more.
Each week you participate, you’ll be entered into a drawing for prizes and one lucky individual will win a free Ascension 5K registration! The more you participate, the more chances to win.
There is also a virtual option for those outside the area or who can’t make the group run schedule.
Fleet Feet Fox Valley has more than 9 years of experience offering a 5K training program and the continued success of their graduates is proof that the program is effective at getting you to your goal. Their programs are progressive in nature, with each week building upon the last – slow, steady and consistent!