La Crosse Fitness Festival
Please Join Us for the Fourth Annual

Festival Foods La Crosse Fitness Festival
May 5-6, 2012

Festival Foods La Crosse Fitness Festival

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Marathon & Half Course Information

Marathon & Half Marathon participants, we are excited to present our 2012 routes for Sunday, May 6th! Please take a moment to review the course maps, you will notice that the Half Marathon course is very similar to previous years. The Marathon course, although similar, has had some adjustments made to it. The biggest change for both routes is that in past years the Half & Full have shared the first 13 miles together.  This year, the routes will overlap at several points, and use many of the same streets, but the Full will split off and rejoin the Half course at six different locations. The Marathon Relay will follow the same course as the Full Marathon.  The routes will start outside of Pettibone Park, and we will celebrate your exciting accomplishment at Myrick Park as you cross the finish line!


Festival Spotlight

Everyone has a story... What is yours? Do you love your sport and have a great story to share? Do you prefer to cheer from the sidelines, but know of a runner/ walker/ biker who deserves some recognition? Write in and tell us about it!


Looking for a Place to Stay Event Weekend?

Host Hotels for the 2012 Festival Foods La Crosse Fitness Festival are: Radisson Hotel La Crosse and Candlewood Suites. La Crosse is known for some of the Midwest's finest scenery and natural beauty, as well as a welcoming, family-friendly community. Out of town guests will find a large variety of activities and experiences for the entire family.

Radisson Hotel La Crosse
Candlewood Suites

200 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601

56 Copeland Avenue
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601

Reservations: 1-800-395-7046
Telephone: (608) 784-6680

Reservations: 1-877-660-8543
Telephone: (608) 785-1110

Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown La Crosse, the Radisson is just steps away from Riverside Park.  This 169 room hotel offers access to a fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool.

The Candlewood Suites is located within walking distance of downtown La Crosse and is conveniently located near restaurants and other shopping.  The extended stay hotel has 92 rooms, 16 suites, and 11 accessibility rooms and offers a flexible pet policy.


Festival Foods Presents:
6 Things you can do to Improve your Nutrition

Habits, we all know, are hard to alter. So, here are six, oh-so-simple changes you can make to improve your nutrition.  Your body will thank you if you try even half of them.  (Note: These recommendations are for adults only. The nutritional needs of babies and children differ.)

1. Eat a healthful, low-fat breakfast each morning. Focus on whole grains, fruit and low-fat dairy products.

2. Aim for at least six servings of grains each day; ideally three should be whole grains.  Whole wheat bread, oatmeal, brown rice, whole rolled oats, popcorn, whole grain cereals, and whole grain corn are good examples of grains to include in a healthful diet.

3. Go to your grocery store and purchase one fruit that you’ve never tasted before.  If you don't know what it is, ask the manager of the department.  If you don't know how to prepare it, ask about that too.

4. While at the grocery store, select one vegetable that you haven't had in a year.  When you arrive home, consult your favorite cookbook for a new recipe using it.  Better yet, wash it and eat it fresh and raw.  Or, you can try parboiling it for just a minute and then plunge into ice water.

5. Consume one more vegetarian meal than you did last week.

6. Purchase a vegetarian cookbook.

Festival Foods


Mayo Clinic Health System Presents:
Sticking with your Training Plan

Many people start the new year with a goal of becoming more fit. Setting an initial goal can generate enthusiasm, and registering for a Fitness Festival event can be a great motivator throughout the coming months. For many people, however, the cold weather, work and family commitments, and an alarm clock that goes off “way too early” may dampen that enthusiasm. One of the biggest mistakes people make is to try and do too much too soon, or attempt to make up for missed workouts by working twice as hard the next time. Make a detailed, yet flexible training plan that allows you to reach your goal without making unreasonable sacrifices. Allow for variety and adequate rest, and be able to make adjustments for unforeseen circumstances such as minor illness or injury, or commitments beyond your usual routine. Remember, your main goal is to become more fit AND have fun along the way!
Follow this link for more tips on sticking with your exercise routine!

Premier Fitness


Gundersen Lutheran Presents:
Sunglasses Cut Down on Winter Glare

  • When exercising outdoors, be mindful of slippery spots due to snow or ice. 
  • Cover sensitive parts of the body when outside (ears, nose, hands, and feet).
  • Wear several thin layers to stay dry and warm.
  • Excess sweat will increase heat loss, so remove extra layers of clothing whenever you feel too warm.
  • When doing heavy outdoor chores, work slowly.
  • Children lose heat faster than an adults, so kids should be dressed in extra layers of clothing.
  • Shivering is an important first sign that the body is losing heat and a signal to return indoors.
  • Warm drinks and soups help keep your insides warm. 


If you feel ill or sustain an injury and are uncertain whether it requires treatment in Urgent Care, the Trauma & Emergency Center or at home, call the Gundersen Lutheran Telephone Nurse Advisors at (608) 775-4454 or (800) 858-1050, or talk with your primary care provider. 

For more information on frostbite, hypothermia or the wind chill index, visit


Gundersen Lutheran