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Miami Marathon purchased by Life Time Fitness

By Susan Miller Degnam, Miami Herald The Miami Marathon and Half Marathon, approaching another 25,000-runner sellout, will celebrate its 12th anniversary on Feb. 2. On Friday, the event took a giant stride toward what organizers expect will secure the race for many more years. Life Time Fitness, Inc., a publicly-owned Chanhassen, Minn.-based "�healthy way of life company' that operates fitness centers and running/cycling/triathlon events throughout the nation, acquired ownership Friday of the Miami Marathon and the other events previously owned by US Road Sports & Entertainment Group. "�I don"�t just think this is a good thing, it"�s a great thing,' said Miami Marathon co-founder Frankie Ruiz, the event"�s chief running officer. "�We"�ve made it to where the marathon needs to be at today, a place we all hoped we"�d get to at one point. Life Time Fitness is a company that has the resources across the board - not just financial - to make this race even greater than it already is.' Read the rest of the story on

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