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Olympic Medalist to Visit Northland Middle Schools

Posted at: 04/18/2013 10:37 PM
Updated at: 04/18/2013 10:42 PM
By: Bob Gustafson

nullDuluth, Minn. – Olympian and World Cross Country champion Lynn Jennings will be the featured speaker at the April 24 Essentia Health Fit-n-Fun Middle School Assemblies.

A 1992 U.S. track Olympian, Jennings will give presentations to students at Duluth’s Lincoln Park Middle School at 10 a.m. and at Superior (Wis.) Middle School at 2 p.m.

Jennings earned a bronze medal for her performance in the 10,000 meters at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. Her third-place finish of 31 minutes, 19.89 seconds was at the time an American record and stood until 2002. She still owns the American 10K road record of 31:06 set in 1990.

A three-time World Cross Country champion (1990, ’91, ’92), she also medaled at two World Indoor Championships in the 3,000 meters – winning bronze in 1993 and silver in 1995. She holds a combined 39 national titles in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and road racing.

Jennings, 52, grew up in Harvard, Mass., and was the only girl on the high school boys cross country team. She ran collegiately at Princeton University.

Currently she splits her time between Portland, Ore. and Craftsbury Common, Vt., where she is the director of running at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center.

In 2008, Grandma’s Marathon and the Young Athletes Foundation partnered with Duluth Public School Systems and Essentia Health to create the Fit-n-Fun Middle School Assemblies and Fit-n-Fun Run. These two initiatives are aimed toward motivating children to lead healthier lifestyles.

The 2013 Fit-n-Fun Run will be held on May 15 at Duluth’s Public Schools Stadium track. Fitger’s 5K Set for Saturday

The Fitger’s 5K Run & Walk is scheduled for Saturday at 9 a.m. A record field of 1,926 has registered for the 24th running of the event, the largest annual fundraiser for the Young Athletes Foundation. Race packet pick-up is Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and race day from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Among those expected to contend for the titles are:

*Mike Reneau, St. Paul (Defending Champion)

*Joe Moore, Minneapolis (2012 Park Point 5-Miler Champion, 12th place – 2012 USA Half Marathon Championships)

*Katie McGee, Duluth (Defending/Five-time Champion)

*Stephanie Price, Minneapolis (University of Minnesota 6K record holder (19.55.50)

An award ceremony concludes the event at 10:30 a.m.