Tribune photo by Rand Middleton
The morning air was sauna-like for the start of the 15th annual Foot Lake 4 on Litchfield Avenue on July 27, 2009. The “chipped” field of 436 was second only to 463 in 2007, a standard broken in 2012 with 473 runners and again last year with 522 finishers.
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Richard Rasmussen, a physician who happened to also be a serious runner (as in multiple marathons), had a suggestion 20 years ago. Perhaps, Rice Hospital might want to sponsor a foot race, such as 5k.
Lori Massa thought it sounded like a fine idea. The head of the hospital walked over to the office of Mary Downs and told her to make it happen.
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