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October 15, 2006|By Rona Marech

Lee Corrigan

Occupation

President and founder of Corrigan Sports Enterprises.

In the news

His sports marketing and events management company organized yesterday's Baltimore Marathon.

Career highlights

When Corrigan formed his company in 1999, Baltimore was the biggest city in the U.S. without a marathon. He and his staff dreamed up the event, brought politicians on board and turned the race into a major city happening. Each year, the marathon and running festival brings $13 million into the city and raises $500,000 for charities, he said. His company organizes beach volleyball, extreme skateboarding and lacrosse tournaments.

Personal

Corrigan, 43, grew up in Swarthmore, Pa., and graduated from the University of Maryland. A student of economics and criminal justice at Maryland, he planned to go into the Secret Service before he was sidetracked by sports marketing. He is married to Libby Corrigan and has two children, Ryan, 15, and Amanda, 12. Corrigan is a volunteer coach for his son's lacrosse team at Howard High School. He has never run a marathon, though he won't rule it out.

Job approach

"No one dropped a million dollars on me" to start a marathon, he said. "I'm proud of the fact that I bootstrapped it from nothing." Corrigan's family has long been involved in sports - his father coached former Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, a lacrosse player, at Yale University. "This is in the blood," he said. "I'm lucky enough to be doing something I enjoy."

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