My daughter and I have set out to participate in the Bellin Run 10K for 10 years in a row. This year marked our 8th! I’m not really sure that her first few races truly counted as she spent more time in the stroller than out of it, but she loved when the crowd cheered for her as she ran across the finish line. It warms my heart to see the community get together and cheer and build one another up, especially when we see so much negativity in the news. I think thats why I do this event each year even though I never train and pay the price for days afterwards.
This being my 8th year, you would think I would have learned my lesson by now and do one of two things: start training for the run or stop running. Yet I don’t do either. When I was in the Army, I was a great runner. I know I can do it. The difference between then and now is that I had a great coach. I was motivated (or yelled at) to do my best and I excelled under their guidance. Because I know I can do it I won’t stop running. I’ll take the few days of pain afterwards to enjoy the day of community spirit and fun with my daughter and friends. By the way, I literally could not walk for about two days after the race this year!
I can liken this situation to business owners as well. All business owners have goals. Sometimes for whatever reason they just can’t manage to achieve the desired outcomes. This is where a business coach can come in to help streamline the process, motivate, take away the pain, etc. Blue Sky can be your coach and help you finish the race strong!
The Bellin Run, a 10K held annually in Green Bay, Wisconsin on the second Saturday in June, is one of the region’s premier sporting events and has grown to be one of the largest 10K races in the nation.
The event was first held on June 12, 1977, and was known as the Bellin Heartwarming Run, to promote cardiovascular fitness. Intended to be a one-time event to celebrate an addition to Bellin Hospital, the run drew 881 participants and featured running great Frank Shorter. Early the next year, Bellin began receiving calls about the date for the next Bellin Run, so another was held – and a tradition was born.
In its 42 years, the Bellin Run has grown to inspire a growing number of individuals to engage in healthy habits. In 2018, the event drew exactly 12,050 walkers, runners and wheelchair participants.
Our participants have included running greats Joan Benoit Samuelson, Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers, Uta Pippig, Joseph Kimani, Ed Eyestone, Meb Keflezighi, Jared Ward, and many more elite athletes and Olympians.