Earn Your Mittens
Kenosha to Kalamazoo: 2 Marathons in 2 Days
Michigan and Wisconsin, affectionately known as “The Mitten States,” are working hand-in-hand to bring you a unique opportunity. The Kalamazoo Marathon has partnered with the Wisconsin Marathon to offer this double marathon challenge — 2 Marathons in 2 Days — are you up for the challenge?
How it works:
Once you have registered for both the Wisconsin and Kalamazoo Marathons, contact us at the Kalamazoo Marathon to let us know you are planning to Earn Your Mittens! We’ll verify your registration and get you on the Mitten VIP list. Run the Wisconsin Marathon in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Saturday, then take a drive to Kalamazoo, Michigan and run the Kalamazoo Marathon on Sunday. You will be awarded a special “Earn Your Mittens” medal at the finish line!
Here in Kalamazoo we’ll provide Mitten contenders with a free meal ticket and a special VIP tent at the start/finish line to provide express packet pickup the morning of the race and a convenient meet-up for Mitteneers and their families.
Once you have registered for both the Wisconsin and the Kalamazoo Marathon contact us at: mittens@TheKalamazooMarathon.com to let us know and we’ll get you on the list.
Please note, the Earn Your Mittens challenge applies only to the full Marathon race event.
While planning your travels, you may want to utilize the Ride Share site that has been developed especially for the Kalamazoo Marathon. You can use this site to hook up with other runners traveling from the same direction to participate in the Kalamazoo Marathon or one of our other race events. Mitteneers will find a separate category for travel between Kenosha and Kalamazoo. You can access our Ride Share site from the Transportation page of our website.
Race Day Logistics
Packet Pickup for Mitteneers is being completely separated from general packet pick up.
- SATURDAY: If you are coming to the Expo on Saturday or someone else is picking up your packet at the Expo, DO NOT go to the main packet pickup— please report to the Earn Your Mittens booth at the Expo to get your packet.
- SUNDAY: Anyone who has not gotten their packet before Race Day, DO NOT follow signs to the Fitness Center for packet pickup—look for the Earn Your Mittens banner near the Gear Check Tent next to the start/finish. I will have your packet there for your convenience.
Please present your Wisconsin bib at packet pickup to verify you ran Kenosha on Saturday. Your packet will have your bib, race shirt, and a meal deal ticket that will get you a free meal in the food tent.
Please arrive at the Earn Your Mittens Challenge tent at 7:30 a.m. for a group photo at 7:35 promptly with all the Mitteneers.
BIBS & TIME CHIPS
We have designed special bibs for the Mitteneers because we want everyone along the course to recognize your accomplishment and cheer you on! Due to the timing chips and systems it is VERY IMPORTANT that you ONLY WEAR THE KALAMAZOO BIB when running Kalamazoo — if you wear both bibs, it is likely your time will not be registered.
You’ll be receiving your “Earn Your Mittens” medal when you cross the finish line in Kalamazoo.