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Marathon runner to discuss benefits of her sport during ‘Thursdays at the U’

| Linda Tollefsrud and Diane Walkoff

Lisa Janty

Lisa Janty

On Thursday, March 14, Lisa Janty will present “Running: a Great Metaphor for Life” as part of UW-Eau Claire – Barron County's "Thursdays at the U" lecture and performance series. The presentation will be from noon-1 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus, 1800 College Drive.

Janty ran her first marathon in 2007. Since then, she has run close to 30 (but who’s counting?) marathons, in places all over the world — Duluth, Eau Claire, Belin, London, Tokyo and Boston — to name a few. She has earned the World Marathon Major medal and has never let hurricanes or bombs stop her.

Why run? Janty’s talk, “Running: a Great Metaphor for Life,” will describe the social and emotional advantages of this pursuit, as well as the health benefits of being active. Join in the discussion about why, where and how to enjoy this pastime.

Janty was born and raised in Wisconsin and has lived here most of her life. When not running, she works as an engineer in the health care field. In addition to running, she enjoys biking, gardening and curling.

For more information about "Thursdays at the U," contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at or 715-788-6216.