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MARATHON STAR KEITH BRANTLY TO RUN IN ALAMO HEART RUN ON FEB. 5

 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- One of America's premiere marathon runners, Keith Brantly, will be among thousands of runners and walkers who will participate in the 17th Annual Alamo Heart Run on Feb. 5, it was announced by Charles D. Platt, president, Alamo Rent A Car.
 "We are pleased that an athlete of Keith's stature will be running in the 10K and participating in this classic South Florida event which will help to raise funds needed to combat heart disease," Platt said.
 According to Brantly, who is ranked sixth in the country by "Runner's World" Magazine, the Alamo Heart Run will be his next road race after his brilliant fifth-place finish in the recent New York Marathon. Despite unseasonably warm weather that affected many of the runners, Brantly finished in 2:12:49, his personal best. Earlier this year, he placed ninth in the Boston Marathon.
 "I'm eagerly looking forward to running in the Alamo Heart Run in Fort Lauderdale," said the native Floridian from his home in Ormond Beach.
 The Alamo Heart Run also features a 5K run, a 5K Wheelchair Race, a 5K Race Walk and fitness and leisure walks.
 Considered one of the most scenic courses in the country, The Alamo Heart Run 5K winds along tree-lined streets in old Fort Lauderdale around Holiday Park. The 10K extends to A1A along Sunrise Boulevard, then turns at the ocean where runners race along the beachfront to 12th Avenue, then back across the Intracoastal Waterway to the park. Last year, the event drew more than 3,300 participants.
 According to The American Heart Association, heart disease claimed over 6,000 lives last year in Broward County alone. "Last year The Alamo Heart Run raised more than $46,000 used to support research and educational programs reaching over 30,000 Broward students," according to Gisele Galoustian, assistant area executive director, American Heart Association, Broward County.
 According to Linda D'Olympio, manager of Community Affairs for Alamo Rent A Car, The Alamo Heart Run will feature competition between corporate teams in various categories.
 "By entering a corporate team, companies can heighten their visibility in the community and at the same time help to raise much-needed funds to fight the nation's number one killer -- heart disease," D'Olympio said.
 For more information on individual or corporate entries, call the American Heart Association, 305-772-8100.
 /CONTACT: Tilson & Madden, 407-750-8089, for Alamo Rent A Car/


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