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U.S. World Cup Stars To Run Chicago Marathon Relay

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jul. 27, 2011
  • Updated Jul. 27, 2011 at 10:41 AM UTC
Amy Wambacuh (left) and Hope Solo (right) will be lacing up their shoes at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Photo: AP

Amy Wambacuh (left) and Hope Solo (right) will be lacing up their shoes at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Photo: AP

According the race’s sponsor, the soccer players will play an “integral” part in the marathon.

They run on the soccer field, but according to an article in the Huffington Post, American World Cup soccer players Amy Wambach, Hope Solo, and Alex Morgan will be doing a different kind of running in October. The three will be part of a charity relay team at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

They won’t be taking on the full 26.2-mile course, but will still be participating in the event with 45,000 other runners.

Apparently, the players have been contracted by the organizers of the marathon for a charitable program. According to the race’s sponsor, Bank of America, they will play “an integral role” in the marathon.

“The opportunity to partner with Bank of America and the Chicago Marathon is a thrill for us,” Solo said. “There’s going to be such a tremendous spirit of camaraderie – from the public and private organizations working together to stage the event to all the athletes and their supporters pursuing a personal best or advancing a community cause. It’s going to be a great weekend.”

For More: Huffington Post

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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