FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Legendary Runner Henry Rono Making Strides at
Cox Providence Rhode Races, May 3
Rono, who broke four world records in a span of 81 days,
will be on hand race weekend
Providence, RI - Legendary runner Henry Rono, who once broke four world
records in a span of 81 days, will participate in this weekend's Cox
Providence Rhode Races.
Rono, 56, will be on hand to sign his autobiography, Olympic Dream on
Saturday, May 2 at the Health & Wellness Expo at the Westin Hotel in
Downtown Providence. He will compete in the 5k at the Cox Providence Rhode
Races, Sunday, May 3.
"I competed in Providence nearly 25 years ago," said Rono. "I love the area
and am looking forward to returning this weekend to take part in the Cox
Providence Rhode Races."
A native of Kenya, the highlight of Rono's running career occurred in 1978
when he broke four world records in a span of just 81 days. He set new
records in the 10,000 meters (27:22.5), the 5,000 meters (13:08.4), the
3,000 meters steeplechase (8:05.4), and the 3,000 meters (7:32.1).
Rono was never able to compete in the Olympics. His country twice boycotted
the Games during the peak of his running career. By 1984, he was battling
alcoholism and was no longer competing.
After overcoming many obstacles and decades of being sidelined, Rono began
training and competing again last year.
"Being back into the running world means a lot to my life and is even more
rewarding to me than in the past," said Rono, who how coaches high school
track in New Mexico. "Running is important to my life. It gives me
something to focus on and puts me on the right track in life."
Nearly 5,000 runners are expected to converge in downtown Providence, May 3
take part in the 2009 Cox Providence Rhode Races. This unique event
features the Cox Sports Marathon, Willow Tree Half Marathon and a 5k race.
To register visit: www.CoxRhodeRaces.com. The deadline to register online
is Wednesday, April 29 at midnight.
Cox Communications is the Title Sponsor of the Cox Providence Rhode Races.
Johnson & Wales University is the Premiere Sponsor. Charitable partners
include Cox Charities New England, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in
Training and National Kidney Foundation.