Saturday, March 20, 1999
Familiar course, new site for Heart Mini-Marathon
BY MARK SCHMETZER
The Cincinnati Heart Mini-Marathon returns to familiar ground for its 22nd running Sunday, but it also is breaking in a new site a web site.
Cincinnati's annual celebration of fitness, with proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association medical research and community education programs, is scheduled to get under way at 11a.m. today with a slate of free events at the Convention Center. The centerpiece of the weekend, the 15-kilometer Mini-Marathon, is scheduled to start at 10a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Fifth and Main streets in downtown Cincinnati.
Veteran participants will recognize the course: east on Columbia Parkway to the top of the hill west of Delta Avenue, where runners turn around and head west to Torrence Parkway, a 100-yard detour up Torrence and back down to Columbia for the final leg to the finish line at Fifth and Walnut streets.
Participants and fans can scope out the route and gather other information from the Mini-Marathon's web site at www.cinheartminimarathon.org. The site includes a registration form that participants can download, fill out and return.
We've gotten at least 10 percent of our registration forms from the web site, AHA development director Mike Zenz said. We've been averaging about 100 user sessions a day and 3,000 hits a month.
Today's activities include a Fitness Clinic, Kids Zone, Jump Rope for Heart contest and a Fun Run around the building for children 7 and under.
Kelly Keeler, a Cincinnati-area runner who has won the Heart Mini-Marathon three times and is in training for the 2000 Women's Marathon Olympic Trials, will give a motivational speech at 1p.m.
The runs are Sunday, starting with the 5-kilometer Heart-
Run at 9a.m. and followed at 10 a.m. by the centerpiece event, the 15-kilometer Mini-Marathon. There also will be a 10-kilometer HeartWalk and a 2-kilometer Kids Mini-MaraFun run.
The course will be closed to traffic at 8a.m. and reopened at 2:30p.m.
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