Warsaw Community Schools will host four-time Boston and New York City marathon winner Bill Rodgers on Wednesday.

Rodgers will share with all WCS fifth-grade students about his history as a marathon record holder while inspiring students to run toward dreams of their own.

An American runner and former American record holder in the marathon, Rodgers is best known for his victories in the Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon in the late 1970s. He won both races four times each between 1975 and 1980, twice breaking the American record at Boston with a time of 2:09:55 in 1975 and a 2:09:27 in 1979. In 1977, Rodgers won the Fukuoka Marathon, making him the only runner ever to hold the championship of all three major marathons at the same time. He made the 1976 U.S. Olympic team and raced the marathon at the Montreal Olympics in 1976, finishing 40th.

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, all WCS fifth-grade students will have the opportunity to hear from Rodgers at the Warsaw Community High School Performing Arts Center.

Rodgers’ presentation will conclude with a mile run alongside all attending fifth-grade students to the newly constructed activity. Rodgers and students will help usher in the celebration of the grand opening of the SAC during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“Warsaw Community Schools holds a tradition of bringing in historic speakers each year to encourage students to dream about their future,” said WCS Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert. “Past speakers have included 9/11 photographer Thomas Franklin, U.S. civil rights pioneers, astronauts and many others. This year, WCS is excited to welcome Bill Rodgers. Rodgers is a four-time champion of the Boston Marathon, an Olympian and a pioneer in fitness advocacy. He has also been a special education teacher and advocate. Rodgers will be speaking with WCS fifth-grade students about pursuing their dreams – a topic that aligns with the WCS mission.”