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Posted: April 17, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: Kara Goucher to Visit Duluth Schools

(Duluth, Minn.) – U.S. Olympian and Duluth native Kara Goucher will speak at the Duluth Children’s Fit-n-Fun Middle School Assemblies on Friday, May 8, Grandma’s Marathon has announced.

The student-only presentations are scheduled for Ordean and Woodland Middle Schools. Goucher will deliver her message to students about how leading a healthy, active life has propelled her to become one of the nation’s top distance runners.

“We are extremely excited to have Kara join us for this event. She is one of the best athletes ever to come out of Duluth and she has a great story to tell,” said Scott Keenan, executive director of Grandma's Marathon. “This will be a wonderful experience for the students who get a chance to see and hear Kara.”

Goucher, 30, is scheduled to race in Monday’s Boston Marathon, at which she will attempt to become the first American to win the women’s title since 1985.

Last summer, Goucher competed in the Olympic Games in Beijing, China, where she placed ninth in the 5,000 meters and tenth in the 10,000 meters. In November 2008 at the New York City Marathon, she finished third in her debut marathon with a time of 2 hours, 25 minutes and 53 seconds.

The 1996 Duluth East High School graduate is featured on the cover of the May 2009 issue of Runner’s World magazine.

Last year, Grandma’s Marathon and The Young Athletes Foundation partnered with Duluth Public School Systems and Duluth Children’s, an affiliate of SMDC Health System, to create the Duluth Children’s Fit-n-Fun Middle School Assemblies and Fit-n-Fun Run. These two initiatives are aimed at motivating children to lead healthier lifestyles.

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