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Posted: April 21, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: 2009 Foot Locker County Challenge Team Announced

Five Nashville area runners to compete at 10th Annual Country Music Marathon

Nashville, TN -- April 21, 2009 -- With the 10th Annual Country Music Marathon set to take over the streets of Nashville in less than two weeks, five diverse runners have been selected to run as a team in the Foot Locker County Challenge, presented by Sugoi. The local athletes have been selected to represent Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Sumner and Wilson counties and compete in the special "race within the race" on Saturday, April 25.

The 2009 Foot Locker County Challenge competitors are:
Ken Davis, 59, Wilson County
30 years ago, awaiting the birth of his first child, Ken decided to quit smoking. To keep off extra weight during that time, he joined a gym and began running on the indoor track. That first gym visit has turned into his lifelong commitment toward fitness and running. He's since run 8 marathons, and looks forward to representing Wilson County in this year's Challenge.

- Skip Alcorn, 43, Sumner County
A self-proclaimed "treadmill junkie," Skip credits his wife for converting him to outdoor running. It took three years for her to convince Skip that he should ditch his treadmill workouts and run outside. Once he tried it, he was hooked and ran his first marathon last fall. He looks forward to competing in his first Triathlon this spring, and hopes to be an inspiration to others that are new to the sport.

Seth Oden, 48, Williamson County
For years, Seth was a two-mile max fitness runner. Due to his career and the birth of his children, his fitness regime took a back seat until 2003 when his son asked him for help in running a mile for a sports team he was on. After several weeks of training, his son reached the goal of running one mile nonstop. Once back on the running wagon, Seth hasn't stopped since. A lifetime resident of Williamson County, Seth will be running his 6th marathon at this year's Country Music Marathon.

Lindsey Opie, 29, Rutherford County
Lindsey, mother of three, will complete her first full marathon at this year's Country Music Marathon. Both she and her husband are training for the marathon, which makes for a challenging schedule of caretaking for the children while trying to get the long runs in. Lindsey's husband trains in the evening, and Lindsey runs during the day-- with a double jog stroller when necessary.

Diana Bibeau, 48, Davidson County
As a pacer for the Country Music Marathon the past few years, Diana is a well-known face along the Nashville course. Running has played a significant role in her life; it has helped her through a divorce, and eight years later, she met her current husband while running a marathon. Their first date was a run in the desert, and his proposal -- at the finish of a marathon -- even centered around running. Diana has run close to 50 marathons, and calls running her passion.

After running the first half of the marathon together as a team, the five runners break away and compete to capture the 2009 title. The first runner from the group to cross the marathon finish line will become the Foot Locker County Challenge Champion, winning a Tiffany trophy, a two-night stay at the Nashville Hilton or Union Station hotel, as well as an exclusive meet and greet with country music superstar Billy Currington prior to the post-race concert.

All five participants aim to finish the marathon in less than four hours, and train together prior to the race. In addition, all competitors will receive exclusive gear from Sugoi, the official apparel partner of the Country Music Marathon, along with VIP hospitality at the start and finish line on race day. The athletes will be introduced at an official Country Music Marathon press conference on Thursday, April 23.

This is the eighth year of the Foot Locker County Challenge. Past FLCC champions by year include:

2002 - Miles Tate, Rutherford County
2003 - Megan Hall, Rutherford County
2004 - David Hensel, Williamson County
2005 - Kelli Arrant, Rutherford County
2006 - Suzanne Thunder, Wilson County
2007 - Jamie Robinson, Wilson County
2008 - Bethany Crain, Sumner County

About Foot Locker, Inc.
Foot Locker, Inc. is a specialty athletic retailer that operates approximately 3,600 stores in 21 countries in North America, Europe and Australia. Through its Foot Locker, Footaction, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker and Champs Sports retail stores, as well as its direct-to-customer channel Footlocker.com/Eastbay, the company is the leading provider of athletic footwear and apparel.

About Country Music Marathon & Half-Marathon
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2009, the Country Music Marathon & Half-Marathon will attract over 30,000 runners and 100,000 spectators to Music City on Saturday, April 25. The event is a weekend celebration complete with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo, YMCA Country Music Kids' Marathon and a post-race concert featuring a headliner act. Race registration for both events will be available at the Health & Fitness Expo from 11am - 6pm Thursday, April 23 and 10 am - 7 pm Friday, April 24. For more information, visit www.cmmarathon.com or call (800) 311-1255.


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