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Uta Pippig Joins the 2009 Bellin Run

Green Bay, WI, June 10, 2009

Uta Pippig, founder and president of Take The Magic Step® will be in Green Bay this weekend to run in one of her favorite races, the Bellin Run. Uta, a previous winner of the famed race, and a two-time Olympian and three-time Boston Marathon champion, will join the record-setting 16,000 participants at the starting line and is looking forward to the post race festivities.

“The Bellin Run’s unique goal of increasing overall fitness awareness in the community, and raising money to benefit local health education combines two of my passions,” said Uta. “It is a race for the people, by the people—and I am honored to have been associated with it for 12 years.”

Now in its 33nd year, the event has grown to be the nation’s fourth largest timed 10K, with thousands of supporters, volunteers, and competitors coming together each year to raise money for the local Bellin College of Nursing, which is an advocate for improved fitness and health in the community. Uta is being hosted by KI, the well-known manufacturer of contract furniture and wall systems and a long standing sponsor of the Bellin Run. “Visiting Green Bay each year is a fantastic experience for me,” said Uta. “I am able to renew good friendships and support the wonderful people at KI, and on race day I hope to strengthen the resolve of the runners and the residents to be fitter and truly enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

“The unique commitment of the Bellin Hospital and the effort of the organizers of the Bellin Run inspire me to do everything I can to help each and every person who toes the starting line on race day. I am happy to support an event which shares the same philosophy of using inspiration and community involvement to create a healthier lifestyle.”

Take The Magic Step® was founded by Uta in 2004 and provides inspirational, nutritional and fitness counseling to corporations and individuals. Through its Foundation, Take The Magic Step supports charities, particularly those utilizing health and fitness for better wellbeing.

Uta will be at the elite athletes’ autographing event during the “All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner” at Astor Park on June 12, where she will offer encouragement and autographs prior to the race. On Saturday, June 13 Uta will speak at the Awards Ceremony following the race. Take The Magic Step’s nutritional advisor, Dieter Hogen, who is the coach of the elite Kenyan running team, which is competing in the Bellin Run this year, will join Uta in walking and running alongside race participants.

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