Want to meet and shake the hand of an Olympic gold medalist? And an American record holder in the 10,000 meters?
Dawn Harper, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist, and Chris Solinksy, the American record holder in the 10,000 meters, will be in Olympia at 5 p.m. today at South Sound Running, 3409 Capitol Boulevard.
“We couldn’t be more excited,” said Greg Klein, the event’s coordinator and owner of South Sound Running. “It’s great for the local running community to meet face-to-face with a gold medalist and an American record holder.”
In addition to giving fans a chance to meet the athletes, Klein will serve pizza and pop. There also will be a raffle for athletic shoes and other prize giveaways.
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Harper won the 100-meter hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with a time of 12.54 seconds, which was then a personal best. While at UCLA, she received All-America honors twice at the 2004 NCAA championships. She is trained by Bob Kersee, the husband of three-time gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
Solinksy became the first American to break 27 minutes in the 10,000 last year. The 2007 Wisconsin grad ran it in 26 minutes, 59.6 seconds, knocking 14 seconds off the American record.
Harper and Solinksy are both looking to compete at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
“They’re in the prime of their careers,” Klein said.
The event is part of South Sound Running’s ongoing series that also has brought in author Dean Karnazes and runner Alan Webb.