What: Bellin Run Charity Fun Run with Meb presented by Press Gazette Media
When: 7:30 a.m. June 13
Where: Astor Park, west area
Details: Two mile fun run with the running legend that includes a professional photo and a commemorative T-shirt as well as a signed bib and a continental breakfast to the first 50 people to sign up with a $300 donation.
How to register for the fun run: http://bellinrunmebevents.eventbrite.com
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Before April, the last time an American man won the Boston Marathon, I was crimping my hair, eating Pac-Man cereal and playing with my Cabbage Patch dolls.
It was 1983 when Greg Meyer ran 26.2 miles in two hours and nine minutes.
Meb Keflezighi did it 31 years later in two hours, eight minutes and 37 seconds.
He didnít just win, which is a big deal, he racked up a personal record ó meaning that race on April 21 was the fastest he had personally ever run a marathon. Before the race, he said he would have felt like a winner if he completed the course in less than two hours and nine minutes.
So the guy who could have won ó and did, of course ó said he would have been happy with a good number.
Boy, thatís good to hear.
For a vast, vast majority of runners, including myself, all we have is our own time. We can only look at our results and try to get better for the next time. Because, letís face it, weíre not going to win.
But Keflezighi, known to many in the running world simply as Meb, did.
And now we can run with him.
Meb will be among the elite athletes participating in the Bellin Run on Saturday, but he wonít be competing with the elites to win the hugely popular local 10K. No, heíll be running with us ďregular people.Ē
It may be the closest many of us will ever get to the Boston Marathon, which requires participants to qualify by finishing a marathon in a set period of time.
Itís one thing to be among nearly 16,000 to do the Bellin Run with Meb. Itís something else entirely to be one of a few dozen hitting the streets with the running legend who also has won the New York City Marathon and earned an Olympic silver medal.
Press-Gazette Media and Bellin Health have teamed up to offer a chance to really run with Meb while raising money for the always inspiring myTEAM TRIUMPH and the increasingly important Thrive program, which is working to curb childhood obesity in the Green Bay Area Public School District.
The Bellin Run Charity Fun Run with Meb presented by Press Gazette Media is set for 7:30 a.m. Friday at Astor Park.
For a $300 donation, the first 50 people to sign up for the event are guaranteed a spot Friday in the two-mile fun run, a professional photo and a commemorative T-shirt as well as a bib signed by Keflezighi and a continental breakfast.
For an additional $100, fun run participants also can attend the Bellin Run Charity Luncheon with Meb at noon Friday at Brett Favreís Steakhouse, 1004 Brett Favre Pass, to hear Keflezighi, who also won the 2009 New York City Marathon, talk about his achievements. People can choose to only attend the limited-seat luncheon for a $100 donation.
When he won the Boston Marathon, Meb averaged a 4 minute, 54 second per-mile pace. For 26.2 miles.
But on Friday, heíll be running at our pace. Together, weíll be running for those who canít, for those who hopefully will someday and for ourselves.
And it will be a very personal record.
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