Saturday, February 21, 2009

Olympic Gold Medalist to Speak At NC Marathon!

Looking for a spring marathon? The City of High Point, NC is hosting the 2nd annual United Health Care North Carolina Marathon on May 2, 2009. The marathon, half-marathon, and family 5k feature scenic, rolling courses with a distinctive, exciting start, finish, and post-race celebration at Showplace!, home of the biannual International Furniture Market.

Proceeds benefit Foster Friends of North Carolina (FFNC), a local nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of children experiencing foster care.
Joan Benoit Samuelson, the first women's Olympic marathon gold medalist and one of the best long-distance women runners ever, will speak at the pasta dinner Friday night (May 1) before the NC Marathon, half-marathon, and 5K. Visit for dinner tickets and other ways to see Joan during race week.
Samuelson has celebrated many victories in her running career and she's running strong as ever. Last year, at age 50, she ran in the Olympic marathon trials and beat her personal goal of 2:50, setting an American record for women 50-54.
Lisa Watts, a longtime runner and writer who's serving as Assistant Race Director for the NC Marathon, shares thoughts on running, race preparations and more on her blog, On the Run.

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