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Uta Returning to the 2010 Bellin Run 10K

Green Bay, WI, June 8, 2010

Uta Pippig, founder and president of Take The Magic Step® is honored to announce that she will be participating in her 14th Bellin Run this weekend. Uta and her organization are enthusiastic supporters of the health care initiative of the Green Bay community, which sponsors the annual event. A record-setting 18,000 participants are expected to join in this year’s Bellin Run celebration on June 12.

“The competition will be fun—and hopefully fast this year,” said Uta, a previous winner of the famed race, and a two-time Olympian and three-time Boston Marathon champion. “But the real goal is to help the Bellin Run achieve its unique ambition of increasing overall fitness awareness in the community and of raising money to benefit local health education. I’ve always liked that it is a race for the people, by the people, with its special energy and wonderful feeling of camaraderie and community involvement.”

Now in its 34th 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.

“This year’s Bellin Run looks to be one of the most exciting and largest ever held,” said executive race director Randy Van Straten. “We have a terrific elite field and we’re prepared for a sixth consecutive record Bellin Run registration. Each year, the entire community pitches in to create what we hope is a memorable event for everyone, and an event that benefits the community in so many ways.”

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. “I look forward each year to arriving in Green Bay,” said Uta. “I love the people and I get to spend time with the group at KI. This is a company that supports not just this event, but a company which makes a point of supporting the Green Bay area in so many ways and for so many years. Their commitment to their community is a model for everyone.

“The unique dedication of the Bellin Hospital and the effort of the organizers of the Bellin Run are contagious and inspire me to do everything I can to support an event which shares the same philosophy I believe in—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 fitness and health 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 11, where she will offer encouragement and autographs prior to the race. On Saturday, June 12, Uta will participate in the race and then speak at the Awards Ceremony. The elite Kenyan running team, coached by Take The Magic Step’s nutritional advisor, Dieter Hogen, will again be competing at the Bellin Run this year.

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Steve Coz