GREEN BAY - For most of the field just completing the Green Bay marathon is a once in a lifetime achievement. Winning is only a dream. For women's champion Lauren Kleppin, winning is all she's ever done.
"Yeah I'm undefeated right now," Kleppin said sheepishly after the race.
Now the Milwaukee native has only entered two, but two for two's pretty good. She said she was a 9-time NCAA division 2 all-american in college competing in cross country and track. So it seemed she's destined to be a marathoner.
"From high school everyone always said you're a marathon runner. You've got that marathon shuffle. So I knew that I would start running marathons," Kleppin said.
The field she was competing with in the elite category dwindled a bit in the time leading up to the race but Race Director Sean Ryan says that's due to last minute drop outs which are beyond organizers control.
"I think that's less a matter of what happened last year, less a matter of what happened at Boston, and more a matter of their personal training," Ryan said. He added, "Maybe somewhat because of the weather."
Kleppin dominated the women's race, leaving her last challenger behind early on, "I think around mile 5 we slowed down a lot. This was off my pace and so I just took off," Kleppin said. She used a few male runners to keep her pace up and was comfortable running her own race. "I felt good. I didn't see her after that so I knew I could carry on for the win," Kleppin said.
The Cellcom Green Bay marathon winds through Lambeau field near it's completion and for the Packer fan and Wisconsin native, running through Lambeau was almost as big of a thrill as winning..
"It was so awesome like going through the tunnel. You know you always see it on TV. I can't wait to go home to brag about it," Kleppin said.
A run through the tunnel at Lambeau Field and an undefeated record now that's something to brag about.
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