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Olympian headed to Woodbury

Olympian and Minnesota native Carrie Tollefson will speak at the Oct. 14 Woodbury Thrives Wellness Fair. Submitted photo

WOODBURY — Minnesota native and 2004 Olympian Carrie Tollefson is the featured guest at this year's Wellness Fair at Woodbury Central Park, 8595 Central Park Place.

The fair runs 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, and is sponsored by Woodbury Thrives, a grassroots organization that promotes physical, mental and social health.

An elite middle-distance runner, Tollefson was born in Dawson and attended Villanova University in Philadelphia, where she was five-time NCAA champion.

In 2004, she won the 1,500 meters at the U.S. Olympic trials. That same year, she advanced to the semifinals at the Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Tollefson promotes running and fitness through her podcast. She also conducts a summer training camp at St. Catherine's University.

At Sunday's fair, she'll congratulate those who completed the Woodbury Thrives Wellness Challenge and urge them to continue their pursuit of regular exercise, healthful eating and mental well-being.

Oct. 14 marks the final day of the challenge.

The fair is all-ages and includes refreshments, balloons and face painting. Woodbury Thrives is part of the Woodbury Community Foundation.

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William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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