Thousands take part in Cellcom Green Bay Marathon events

Thousands take part in Cellcom Green Bay Marathon
Posted at 5:09 PM, May 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-21 23:47:34-04

This past weekend, more than 12,000 people took part in the events surrounding the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, including a 5K and kids run Saturday in addition to Sunday's half, full and relay marathons.

Despite a chilly and rainy start Sunday at 7 a.m., 6,736 total registrants took part in races. In the half marathon, 4,684 people participated, and the full marathon registered 1,209.

The race and its related events made a $1.2 million economic impact on Green Bay, according to the marathon's Board of Directors President Brighid Riordan.

"I haven't talked to any (local businesses) specifically, but I know that they love that we bring traffic in on a non-Packers weekend. That's always a great thing," she said. "I feel like this event makes so many people happy. There are so many personal victories here today. The sun coming out (at the end of the race) exactly mirrors that feeling."

Two Morristown, New Jersey, men took the titles among the male competitors. Teferi Regasa, 31, came in first in the full marathon, with a final time of 2:19:00. Josphat Chobei placed first in the men's half marathon, finishing the 13.1-mile course in 1:04:16. 

Danielle Hodge, 29, of Iowa City, placed first in the women's marathon in 2:58:36. Former University of Wisconsin long-distance runner Gabi Anzalone crossed the half marathon finish line in 1:14:51 to take first among female runners.