Famed marathon runner Bill Rodgers will participate in the first Double Road Race in downtown Pleasanton on Dec. 23, in which participants will do a 10-kilometer race at 7:45 a.m. and a 5K at 9:30 a.m. Winners will be determined based on best aggregate time.

"It's not two races in one day," race founder Bob Anderson said in describing his creation. "It's one race with two legs. This is the only running event with a halftime."

Rodgers won the Boston and New York marathons four times each between 1975 and 1980.

Anderson, the Runner's World founder, in celebration of his 50 years of running, will attempt to complete 50 races in one year in the event, covering a total of 350 miles.

The Pleasanton Double will wrap up the film documentary, "A Long Run," which chronicles the 64-year-old Anderson's year-long campaign.

The Double, which has already attracted over 425 entrants, will start and finish at Hart Middle School, 4433 Willow Road in Pleasanton. It will be held in conjunction with a Christmas 5K Run/Walk.

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