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South Milwaukee: A Great Place For Runners

But don’t take my word for it.

Instead, listen to Olympic hopeful Lauren Kleppin, who was profiled recently in this Milwaukee Running Festival blog post

Although Kleppin has run in some of the world’s most scenic locations, Milwaukee’s run trails will always hold a special spot in her heart. “Milwaukee is an amazing setting for a race,” Kleppin said. “I personally love running along the Oak Leaf Trail, or down by the art museum while taking in the views of Lake Michigan, enjoying the nice breeze, and the unique architecture. I think my favorite Milwaukee running memories are just a cluster of amazing training days in high school with fun teammates through Grant Park. More specifically, my favorite days were in the fall when the leaves were colorful and crunchy and it was cross-country season.”

South Milwaukee = runner friendly. Why not?

Add this to the list of things we should be promoting about our fair city. Spread the word!

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South Milwaukee Alumni Update: More Success For Kleppin, Gilane

From the South Milwaukee athletic department …

Lauren Kleppin (class of 2007)

Former standout SM Rocket CC and Track runner, WIAA State Cross Country Champion and multiple-time NCAA Division II All-American Track runner and 2-time NCAA Division II Cross Country 3rd place-finisher for Western State University in Colorado just keeps on running…fast!

Lauren ran in the World Half-Marathon Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark last Saturday and came away with yet another great performance in a recent string of distance races taking 14th overall with a time of 1:10:15. She was only 6 seconds off of the pace of the top American finisher Annie Bersagel and only 2 minutes and 47 seconds behind the champion. This set her new personal record time by 1 minute and 57 seconds!

Great job Lauren!!!








Deanna Gilane (class of 2010)

Former standout Rocket softball player Deanna Gilane has started out her junior season at UW-Eau Claire with a bang having been named as of one of the athletes of the week at UWEC. Great job Deanna!!! 

 Here is the link to the posting.


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Big Finish: South Milwaukeean Kleppin Takes Third In L.A. Marathon

Update: More details here and here (and a great photo).

What an amazing result … Lauren Kleppin was the first American woman to finish Sunday’s Los Angeles Marathon in a time 13 minutes better than her previous best.

Check out the story here, and see my previous post for more on Lauren’s journey.

Congratulations, Lauren!

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A 2016 South Milwaukee Olympian? Kleppin Finding Success

Former South Milwaukee track star Lauren Kleppin is making a name for herself on the national — and soon to be international — running scene. Might the 2016 Summer Olympics lie ahead?

After a runner-up finish in the USA Half Marathon Championship, Lauren will compete in the World Half Championships in March.

Lauren, who now lives in California, talks about her recent success and future plans on the “Daily Relay” website. From it:

Daily Relay: You had a very strong collegiate career and now seem to be coming into your own as a professional. What are some of your goals moving forward in the sport?

Lauren Kleppin: I like to take my goals step by step, which I believe ultimately has helped fuel a steady but engaging progression throughout my running career thus far. Each day I am amazed that running continues to fuel and stimulate me. My goal is to take that journey as far as it lasts. Obviously an ideal path would ultimately lead to an Olympic Team. However, I was NOT that little girl that ever dreamed I would grow up to be a professional runner. (That’s not to say I wouldn’t have, had I known it was an actual possibility…because I pretty much believed I could be anything else whether it was an Oscar winning actress, a berry farmer, a veterinarian, a rocket scientist, a raft guide, a tattoo artist, or a brew master.) At this point, my main focus and goals are getting to that starting line of the 2016 Olympic Trials in the marathon, and to toe that line with the best health and the deepest confidence possible.

 I’ll keep you posted. Also, follow Lauren’s road to Rio on her website.

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Local Success Story: South Milwaukee Grad Kleppin Finishes Second At NCAA Division II Nationals

South Milwaukee High School graduate Lauren Kleppin continues to make a name for herself as a collegiate runner.

Kleppin, a senior at Western State College of Colorado, finished second in the women’s 10,000-meters at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday. She took fifth in the 5,000 meters on Saturday.

Check out coverage on the Western State website here. From it:

Kleppin finished as the national runner-up in the 10,000-meter run for the second time in her outdoor career for the eighth All-America title in her overall career. She finished in 34:56.86, less than two seconds behind champion Rachel Patterson from Grand Valley State.

Lauren was 10 seconds off the pace in the 5,000.

Here is Lauren’s bio. She finished third in the last two NCAA Division II Cross-Country Championships.

Congratulations, Lauren!

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South Milwaukee Pride: Kleppin Shines at NCAA Nationals

A quick shout out to Lauren Kleppin, a South Milwaukee High School graduate who recently finished third in the NCAA Division-2 cross-country championships for Western State College of Colorado.

Read the full story (and see a photo) here. From it:

Kleppin finished the six-kilometer course in 21 minutes and 4.5 seconds, and ran with the breakaway group through the entire race. It’s the highest finish for a Mountaineer in the individual results since Esther Komen won the individual championship in 2006.

Kleppin, a junior, led Western State to a runner-up team finish.

Congratulations, Lauren!

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