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KSC Holds Centennial Wellness Fair at DeMar Marathon, Sept. 28

Keene N.H., 9/22/2008 - The annual Clarence DeMar Marathon on Sunday, September 28, will end at the Gateway to Keene State College. The finish line will also serve as the entrance to Keene State College’s Centennial Wellness Fair. The public is invited to explore College and community resources for health and fitness as the runners arrive at the marathon finish line. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the College and other participants will be offering free refreshments, giveaways, and lots of free information. Participants include:

  • Ted’s Shoe and Sport, with podiatrist Dr. Serena Letendre (Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Keene)
  • Monadnock Cycling Club
  • Sports Medicine Center (Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Keene)
  • Cheshire Medical Center, Keene
  • Lady of America
  • The Moving Company
  • Red Cross, Keene
  • Bentley Commons
  • KSC Health Sciences (Nutrition, Health Promotion and Fitness, and Substance Abuse/Addictions)
  • KSC Physical Education
  • KSC Athletic Training
  • KSC Recreational Sports
  • KSC Center for Health and Wellness

The 26.2-mile race is named for Clarence DeMar, seven-time winner of the Boston Marathon, who lived and worked in the Monadnock Region. DeMar came to Keene in 1929 as an instructor of Industrial Education at Keene State College (then called Keene Normal School), and trained the track and cross country teams on an old cinder track located near today’s finish line. He was 66 when he last ran the Boston Marathon in 1954.

The Wellness Fair is part of Keene State College’s Centennial year celebrations, and is free and open to the public. In the event of rain, the Fair will be held in the Rhodes Hall atrium, just inside the Appian Gateway. For more information, please call Amy Proctor at 603-358-2372.

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