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Contact: Matt Braun
Four-Time Boston and NYC Marathon Champion, Olympian
Bill Rodgers to Speak, Participate in 2007 Lakefront Marathon
MILWAUKEE - Get ready, Milwaukee - a legendary runner is coming to town.
Milwaukee's Lakefront Marathon (LFM) has announced that Bill
Rodgers, a four- time winner of both the New York City and Boston
Marathons, and a member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic team, will be attending
the 2007 Lakefront Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, October 7 at 8:00am.
Rodgers, affectionately known as "Boston Billy", will be at the pre-race
expo at the MSOE Kern Center in downtown Milwaukee to speak to runners and
provide tips for both first time participants and seasoned running
veterans. He will also participate in the race on a relay team.
"We're really excited that Bill Rodgers will be at this year's Lakefront
Marathon," said Kristine Hinrichs, LFM race director. "Bill is one of the
more accomplished runners in U.S. history, and we're thrilled that he's
able to bring his marathon experiences to Milwaukee to share with our
This marks the second year that a well-known runner has come to speak at
the event. Last year, Bart Yasso, editor of Runner's World and accomplished
distance runner spoke several times at the Expo.
"To be one of the finest races in the country, we continually look to bring
in some of the more successful runners to share their experiences with the
running community in Milwaukee," noted Hinrichs.
As of May 31, the race is filling up at a record pace, even though for the
first time in years, it shares the same date as the LaSalle Bank Chicago
Hinrich's believes that's to Milwaukee's advantage. "More and more runners
are looking for a more personal, intimate race experience. Milwaukee's
course and hospitality brings this to the table."
2007 marks the 27th anniversary of Milwaukee's Lakefront Marathon, a scenic
race that begins in Grafton, WI and winds along the northeastern suburbs of
Milwaukee, finishing on Milwaukee's Lakefront at Veteran's Park. The
volunteer organized event also features a 2-day expo at the MSOE Kern
Center, held October 5-6, where runners can find the latest in equipment
and nutritional tips and products from over 25 vendors from across the
country, as well as hear expert speakers. The race is limited to the first
2,500 participants, as well as 140 relay teams.
For more information on the event or to register, visit: