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Scott Knupp, who graduated from Western in 2000 with a degree in agriculture business and in 2007 with a Master's in Business Administration (MBA), said he will run in the 2016 Boston Marathon as a charity runner for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
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WIU Alum to Run in Boston Marathon for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

November 5, 2015


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MACOMB, IL — A Western Illinois University School of Agriculture alumnus plans to run in the Boston Marathon next spring to support his dad and raise money for a good cause. Scott Knupp, who graduated from Western in 2000 with a degree in agriculture business and in 2007 with a Master's in Business Administration (MBA), said he will run in the 2016 Boston Marathon as a charity runner for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

"In 2014 my dad, LeRoy Knupp, was diagnosed with lymphoma. He completed six months of chemotherapy treatments and is doing great today. Unfortunately, there is no cure for lymphoma. It is something that he has to live with and likely will have to fight again in the future," Knupp said on his Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraising page for the marathon. "I'm doing this to show my support for him and raise money for a great cause. I've pledged to raise $10,000."

Knupp is training for the marathon by running four days a week.

"Weekly distance totals will range from 20-40 miles, with the longest individual run prior to the marathon being 20 miles. I have used this training program to prepare for prior marathons and feel comfortable that it will prepare me for the Boston Marathon," he said.

Knupp was selected to run as a charity runner for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through an application process, in which he competed against nearly 500 other applicants for the less than 100 spots available.

"The three selection criteria used to select runners included: connection to the cause, fundraising ability/experience and running experience," he added.

Knupp currently works in Macomb as the vice president of 1st Farm Credit Services. While a student at Western, he was a member of the track and field team, served on the Interfraternity Council and was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.

Donate online at http://pages.teamintraining.org/ma/boston16/sknupp or send a check, made payable to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, to Knupp at:

Scott Knupp
32 Indian Trail Rd.
Macomb, IL 61455

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