|Rogers To Speak At Zap Fitness Tonight|
|Written by Mike Kelly|
|Monday, 09 July 2012 08:06|
Bill Rodgers, a four-time winner of the Boston Marathon, will be speaking at Zap Fitness Foundation tonight beginning at 8 p.m. Zap Fitness is located at 9560 Blackberry Road in Lenior. It is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please call Pete Rea at 828-295-6198. Rodgers won both the Boston Marathon and the New York Marathon four times each between 1975 and
1980, twice breaking the American record at Boston with a time of 2:09:55 in 1975 and a 2:09:27 in 1979. In 1977 he won the Fukuoka Marathon, making him the only runner ever to hold the championship of all three major marathons at the same time. He made the 1976 U.S. Olympic team and raced the marathon at the Montreal Olympics in 1976, finishing 40th. He did not participate in the Olympics in 1980 due to the U.S. boycott over the invasion of Afghanistan by the USSR. Rodgers is also the last U.S.-born winner in the men's or women's open divisions of the New York City Marathon to date; the two subsequent American winners were born in Cuba (Alberto Salazar) and Eritrea (Meb Keflezighi).
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