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Alaska Team Diabetes Participates In 22nd Athens Classic Marathon
Ketchikan Woman First American Woman To Cross Finish Line


November 15, 2004

Ketchikan, Alaska - Over two months after the Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece the original route hosted another great event - the 22nd Athens Classic Marathon. Perhaps because of the Olympics "echo" a new record of over 4,000 runners from around the world participated in this November 7th marathon. Among the thousands of attending, fourteen were from Alaska - members of Alaska Team Diabetes.

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Ketchikan resident Gretchen Klein crosses the finish line...
Photo courtesy Alaska Team Diabetes

This classic marathon route started at the Marathon Village and ended at the Panathinaikon-Kallimarmaro Stadium. For a marathon runner, this is a dream of a lifetime. An extremely tough competition in the so-called route of the world, this event attracted runners from all over the world.

Participating on Alaska Team Diabetes was local Ketchikan resident Gretchen Klein who according to the unofficial results placed 26th in the Women's Division. Klein was the first American woman to cross the finish line with a gun finish of 3:18:59.

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Phoebe O'Connell American Diabetes Educator
State of Alaska branch and Gretchen Klein...
Photo courtesy Alaska Team Diabetes

More than a marathon, this was an exciting fundraising adventure for Alaska Team Diabetes in which the team members solicited donations to run in the marathon. The funds raised by Alaska Team Diabetes will go to benefit the American Diabetes Association.



Unofficial Results

Women's Division

Related story:

Team Diabetes Helps ADA Raise Funds & Community Awareness; Fundraising Events Include Swim Around Pennock & Marathon In Greece


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