USA Track & Field Foundation Grantee Adds to Excitement Surrounding the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

USA Track & Field Foundation Grantee Adds to Excitement Surrounding the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

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CHICAGO – Great support was shown for the USA Track & Field Foundation, GNC (General Nutrition Corporation), and Foundation Grantee Erik Sowinski at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Health and Fitness Expo. Sowinski signed autographs, took pictures, and exchanged tips to running enthusiasts preparing to take on the marathon.

The 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon was a culmination of events leading up to race day including the two-day expo and a 27th mile after race party in Grant Park.  It was a weekend filled with energy, support, and determination all in the name of running.

The first place finisher for the marathon was Eliud Kipchoge for the men with a time of 2:04:11.  Taking gold for the women was Rita Jeptoo with a time of 2:24:35 winning her fourth straight major marathon.

Also present to support these runners was a local Foundation Youth Club Grantee, Coach Heraldo Morrison.  Morrison is the Coach of the Chicago Saints Track Club.  Pictured below is Foundation Elite Athlete Development Grantee Erik Sowinski and Youth Club Grantee Heraldo Morrison.  Worlds collided as Coach Morrison asked some advice to pass on to his team as participants strive to follow in Erik’s footsteps.

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The Foundation would like to thank GNC for their continued support and the ability to showcase dedicated grantees like Erik Sowinski.  It was a fantastic weekend filled with fans from across the country, a thrilling display of a united running community at its best.

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The USATF Foundation provides a means to attract and guide funds to new and innovative track and field programs with an emphasis on providing opportunities for youth athletes, emerging and experienced elite athletes, along with guidance on future career paths. The Foundation depends upon donations from its Board of Directors, major gifts, and from generous fans of track & field.

Elite athletes are supported by the Foundation via monetary grants, career counseling (mentoring and jobs) and participation in Run With US!. Youth athletes are supported via monetary grants to youth clubs.

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