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Posted: December 5, 2014  :

Athletics: Deena Kastor Partners With MetroPCS Dallas Marathon as Elite Ambassador

Kastor to pace half marathon as she teams with Dallas Marathon and Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation

DALLAS (Dec. 4, 2014) - American record holder and Olympic medalist Deena Kastor will make one lucky participant's run at the 2014 MetroPCS Dallas Half Marathon that much more memorable on Dec. 14. Kastor, who recently signed a multiyear partnership agreement with the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon to serve as an elite ambassador, will pace 18-year-old high school senior and just keep livin Foundation participant Nick Figuroa in his second half-marathon attempt. Figuroa aims to run a 1:32, with Kastor leading him for the full 13.1 miles. Joining the pace group with Kastor and Figuroa will be local celebrity Mark "Hawkeye" Rybczyk of KSCS's morning show.

In 2011, the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation teamed up with Matthew McConaughey's just keep livin Foundation to create an after-school program promoting exercise, nutrition and wellness for students in Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth. Running is a common exercise choice for many participants, as they complete 5K runs and half marathons in the local community. The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation is a community partner of the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon.

"We're excited to have one of our participants run the MetroPCS Dallas Half Marathon alongside such an inspirational figure as Deena Kastor," said just keep livin Foundation executive director Shannon Mabrey Rotenberg. "This once-in-a-lifetime experience reinforces all of our organization's goals."

Figuroa attends Pinkston High School and is enrolled in dual-credit courses at El Centro College in Dallas. Currently ranked among the top 10 percent of his high school class, he will be the first in his family to graduate from high school. In addition to just keep livin Foundation, the goal-driven Figuroa is active in student council, JROTC and cross country.

Kastor is the overall U.S. record holder in the marathon and half marathon, posting times of 2:19:36 and 1:07:34, respectively, in 2006. In 2014, she continued her decorated competitive career, breaking U.S. Masters records in both the 10-mile and 20K distances. The 25-time U.S. champion earned a bronze medal in the marathon at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens with a time of 2:27:20. Today, she trains with and serves as president of the board of directors for Mammoth Track Club, which counts many of the nation's top distance runners among its members.

In addition to pacing Figuroa in his half-marathon run, Kastor will hand out finisher medals in her role as a MetroPCS Dallas Marathon elite ambassador. She will also appear in future promotional campaigns for the event.

"Dallas is a great city to run in, and I'm excited to see the new MetroPCS Dallas Half Marathon course," said Kastor. "I've always been impressed with the passion and commitment to health and fitness evident in the Dallas running community and look forward to an entertaining and memorable day supporting the race on Dec. 14."

"We're very excited to partner with Deena Kastor, one of the true great heroes of American distance running, in a truly unique way this December," said Patrick Byerly, president of the Dallas Marathon. "Deena is a phenomenal competitor with a passion for the sport of running, and having her pacing Nick for the entire half-marathon course will add a new level of excitement and entertainment for all our participants and spectators."

The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and Behringer Relay is Sunday, Dec. 14. All evens are sold out. To learn more about MetroPCS Dallas Marathon race weekend, visit DallasMarathon.com.

About the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation

Dedicated to improving the lives of children in need within our community, the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation provides funding for youth in crisis, youth health initiatives, youth baseball programs and youth education. Celebrating its 23rd year, the foundation has given back more than $13 million to help children in need.

About the Dallas Marathon

The Dallas Marathon is a nonprofit organization with a focus on promoting health and physical fitness through running events and related activities. Dating back to 1971, the organization hosts year-round events culminating with Dallas' largest and Texas' oldest running marathon: the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon. Now in its 44th running, the marquee property attracts runners from across the globe and hundreds of thousands of spectators to Dallas' largest single-day sporting event. The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon race course highlights iconic Dallas landmarks and is recognized as the official marathon of the city of Dallas. Since naming a primary beneficiary in 1997, the Dallas Marathon has donated more than $3.5 million to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. For more information, visit DallasMarathon.com.


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