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Breakers Captain Leslie Osborne to Run NYC Marathon on Sunday

November 5, 2010 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Boston Breakers News Release

NORWOOD, Mass. (November 4th, 2010) -- Breakers co-captain Leslie Osborne will compete in the New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 7th to raise funds for Grass Roots Soccer, a 501c3 organization that funds HIV prevention efforts in Africa. This will be the first marathon for the 27-year old midfielder. The run caps a remarkable bounce back from a severe injury suffered less than three months ago which left Osborne largely immobilized for six weeks.

"It was pretty demoralizing when I first got injured," said Osborne as she reflected on the August 15th collision with Patrizia Panico of Sky Blue FC which broke her collarbone and prematurely ended her season. "Particularly with the rest of the team playing so well down the stretch and getting prepared for playoffs. I got pretty antsy just standing on sideline with my arm in a sling or walking laps around the field."

But by mid-September, Osborne was walking the stairs of Harvard Stadium and when mid-October arrived she was running upwards of 13 miles a day in preparation for the marathon. Much of Osborne's inspiration derived from her long-time connection with Grass Roots Soccer and its founder, former Survivor winner and Cape Cod Crusaders goalkeeper Ethan Zohn. Osborne is well on her way to her goal to raise a minimum of $5,000 through marathon pledges to support Grass Roots Soccer's AIDS and HIV prevention efforts in Africa.

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