Boston Youth Train With Former Marathon Champs

Geoffrey Mutai and Caroline Kilel show off their stuff in Boston on Wednesday. Photo:

Four-time Boston Marathon champion Bill Rodgers continues to inspire American runners.

Boston-area student runners were in for a real treat at the Reggie Lewis Center on Wednesday. Over 150 of them took part in the second annual Scholars and Stars-World Class Athletes Inspiring Teen Achievers.

The runners got to hang with the best, including former Boston Marathon champion, Bill Rodgers.

Rodgers, known as “Boston Billy” for winning the marathon four times, was pleased when he overheard talk about one of his old haunts as a runner, the White Stadium in Franklin Park.

“I ran there when I was in high school myself,” Rodgers said. “So there’s kind of a connection in this sport which I think is very powerful. Sports bring people together, especially this sport, not just marathoning but track.”

Other marathon studs present included returning champions Geoffrey Mutai and Caroline Kilel. Both runners had gotten off a plane in the afternoon.

“I’m happy to be in this, it makes me remember my past when I was in school, so to give them ideas [is nice],” Mutai said. “When you sacrifice [at] this age for sure it will make you a success in your career.”

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