December 17, 1998 12:00 AM

Wearing No. 974, Oprah Winfrey was the center of attention at a Milwaukee fund-raising run for breast cancer research. “I try to pick the flattest places to run,” joked Winfrey, who covered the 3.1 mile course Sunday in about 35 minutes. “I’m out of shape, so it felt hard,” she said. “But you feel so good when it’s over.” Oprah, a former Milwaukee resident, focused attention on those women in the race who wore pink hats (indicating that they are breast cancer survivors). The TV star cited the case of Judy Pickett of Milwaukee, a survivor who has accomplished a goal of making it to all 98 of the Races for the Cure that have been held around the nation. “The credit goes to people like Judy Pickett,” said Oprah. “I just rolled out of bed.”

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