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    Wire 26, April 8, 2004

    In this edition of the Running USA wire:

    1) Rutto, Koech Commit to 2004 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon

    2) 30th Quad-City Times Bix 7 Offers “Race for The Jackpot”

    3) U.S. Women’s Team Set for Beijing Int’l Ekiden

    4) Nike’s Run Hit Wonder Event Returns to LA

    Team Running USA sponsored by Nike

    Supported by grants from the New York Road Runners and Atlanta Track


    Copyright © 2004 Running USA

    All Rights Reserved



    Papa John’s 10 Miler, Louisville, KY, April 10

    *USA Men’s Championship

    Flora London Marathon, GBR, April 18

    108th B.A.A. Boston Marathon, MA, April 19

    Country Music Marathon, Nashville, TN, April 24

    Inaugural Salt Lake City Marathon, UT, April 24

    Big Sur Int’l Marathon, Carmel, CA, April 25

    Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, OH, April 25

    Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, OK, April 25

    Nike Run Hit Wonder 5K/10K, Los Angeles, CA, April 25



    For more information:

    Shawn M. Platt, (312) 904-7240; [email protected]

    Rutto, Koech Return for the 2004 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon

    Rutto Signs 2-Year Agreement to Compete in Chicago

    CHICAGO – (April 6, 2004) – Evans Rutto performed in last year’s LaSalle

    Bank Chicago Marathon as if he was ready to claim the streets of Chicago

    from veteran marathoner Khalid Khannouchi. Rutto will look to improve on


    world record marathon debut time of 2:05:50 in the 2004 LaSalle Bank



    Rutto and race officials reached agreement that will bring the 25-year-old

    Kenyan back to run the streets of Chicago and to chase the marathon


    record at the 2004 and 2005 Chicago marathons. Rutto experienced such


    support and encouragement from the spectators that lined the 26.2-mile

    course that he is eager to defend his title.

    “Last year I was overwhelmed by the support of the people of Chicago and

    very much enjoyed the beautiful city and the fast course,” said Rutto. “All

    of these things encourage me to be at the starting line again this year


    I am more than happy to return to Chicago to defend my title. Having

    achieved great results last year in my debut marathon has inspired me to

    work hard to keep this tradition alive.”

    Rutto was an underdog coming into last year’s marathon. His longest


    prior to his debut was the half-marathon. But Executive Race Director


    Pinkowski, who has a long track-record for discovering and developing

    athletes, saw amazing potential in Rutto and convinced him to make his

    marathon debut in the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon last year.

    “Evans’ victory in the 2003 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon follows in the

    tradition of other great Chicago Champions, Steve Jones, Ondoro Osoro


    Khalid Khannouchi,” commented Pinkowski. “These athletes converted great

    track credentials and pure athletic ability into world leading


    in the marathon. Evans just scratched the surface of the marathon in


    Pinkowski feels Rutto could challenge the world record, especially with


    new design of the 26.2-mile route. “He ran well within himself, defeated


    strong field, and made the marathon distance look easy last year. I


    he could have gone a minute faster if he needed too. His 2:05:50 effort

    illustrates that the redesigned LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon route is

    designed to host a world record attempt on October 10 this year.”

    Rutto ran the eight fastest 10,000m in the world in June 2000 (27:31:32),

    setting a personal record. He continued his outstanding performance at


    2001 Peoples Beach to Beacon 10K where he surged ahead of the lead group

    near the finish to win in 28:30, ahead of James Koskei (28:32) and


    champion Joseph Kimani (28:35). Rutto also won the 2001 Wharf to Wharf 6

    mile and finished second in the Clarksburg 10K. He took third in the


    Cherry Blossom 10 Mile (46:26) and the Lisbon Half-Marathon (1:01:30).


    also ran well in 2003.

    Also returning to compete in the 2004 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon is

    second-place finisher and fellow Kenyan Paul Koech. Koech, 34, who also


    his marathon debut at last year’s race finished just over a minute


    Rutto with a 2:07:07 performance, Koech has had a successful career and


    will look to improve on his debut time in this year’s race.

    Early in Paul Koech’s career, he won a bronze medal at the 1995 All-African

    Games 10,000m. His career continued to excel, and in 1997, he set a


    best in the 3000m at the IAAF Grand Prix in Monaco and a personal best


    the 10,000m at the IASF Grand Prix in Brussels. He went on to win the

    Dam to

    Dam 10 miles in 44:46 (the fastest 10 mile ever). In 1998, he won the


    Half-Marathon title in 1:00:01, achieving a personal best for 13.1 miles.

    Koech’s prestigious record continues. He took first in the 2002 Kenyan


    Forces 12K Cross Country Championships. He finished third at the 2002

    Crescent City 10K and won the Military Cross Country Championships in

    Rwanda. This past July, Koech finished fourth at the Utica Boilermaker


    and second at the Falmouth 7.1-Miler.

    “Paul is another very talented athlete who has potential to be one of


    in the business. As fellow Kenyans, Paul and Evans have a friendly


    that will certainly make this year’s LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon very

    exciting. Since Evans and Paul both now have marathon experience, I


    for even stronger performances from both of them at this year’s race,”



    About The 2004 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon

    The 2004 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon takes place Sunday, October 10

    starting and finishing in Chicago’s Grant Park. The race will be


    live on CBS 2 CHICAGO and ESPN 1000. Last year’s race attracted the


    40,000 participants.

    Runners may register online at until September 2,

    2004, or when the participation capacity has been reached (whichever


    first). Race weekend entries will not be accepted. Printed entry forms


    mail-in registration will be available in the spring of this year.

    The entrance fee for the Marathon is $80 for U.S. runners and $90 for

    international runners; the registration fee for the International Fun


    5K, held during race weekend, is $15 for both U.S. and international

    participants. Senior citizens, ages 60 and older, receive a $5 discount.


    addition, a $5 discount will be offered to participants who register


    their MasterCard credit card or pre-paid card.

    Runners interested in securing Competitive or Preferred Starting


    must have completed a marathon or half-marathon since January 1, 2002 in


    time faster than 3:15:00 for a Competitive Start (marathon qualifying


    and 3:45:00 (marathon qualifying time) for a Preferred Start. A

    half-marathon time of 1:30:00 is needed for a Competitive Start and a

    half-marathon time of 1:45:00 is needed for a Preferred Start. Proof of

    qualifying times must be submitted to The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon

    office. Instructions will be provided to online entrants. Competitive


    Preferred Starting Positions are limited and not guaranteed.

    # # #


    Contact: Glenn Kass, (309) 269-3634; (563) 383-2480


    Anniversary Year Special for Bix 7

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – (April 6, 2004) – Medals, legends and a chance for one

    person not only to run with the best, but maybe beat the best. Those


    among the highlights as officials from the Quad-City Times Bix 7 on


    officially kicked off registration for the 30th edition of the race with


    press conference at the Rhythm City Casino’s Blackhawk Hotel

    The 2004 Quad-City Times Bix 7 is set for Saturday, July 24th beginning


    8:00am. As with previous anniversary years, all race finishers will


    participation medals as they cross the line. This race is also special


    Bix legend Bill Rodgers, who will make his 25th consecutive Bix start


    for race director Ed Froehlich who will mark his silver anniversary at


    helm of the event.

    New for 2004 will be the first-ever Rhythm City Casino “Race for The

    Jackpot.” All entrants who register for the race before June 15th will


    eligible for a drawing where one name will be selected.

    That person will then be given a head start by being placed on the

    course at

    a location based on their time. If that individual beats the first place

    world-class runners to the finish, they will win the jackpot of $3000 –


    for each year of the race.

    The Bix 7 will again have the same prize structure for the top 10 men’s


    women’s finishers. The male and female winners will receive a 2004

    automobile from Lujack’s Northpark Auto Plaza of Davenport, the nation’s

    largest independently owned auto mall featuring automobiles from 16

    different manufacturers.

    The prize structure for 2nd place through 10th is as follows: 2nd – $4000;

    3rd – $2500; 4th – $1500; 5th – $1000; 6th – $900; 7th – $800; 8th – $700;

    9th – $600 and 10th – $500.

    Applications are available at various Quad City Area locations. Online

    sign-up is available through the race’s official website:


    valid Visa or MasterCard is required to register online.

    # # #


    U.S. Women’s Team Set for the Beijing International Ekiden

    INDIANAPOLIS – (April 8, 2004) – USA Track & Field has announced the U.S.

    women’s team for the Beijing International Women’s Ekiden to be held on

    Sunday, April 11. The 26.2 mile road relay with six legs will be


    on the streets of Beijing, the Chinese capital and the 2008 Summer Games

    host city. Below are the team members with relay segment.

    5 km – Sonja Friend-Uhl, 33, West Palm Beach, FL

    10 km – Melissa White, 23, Rochester Hills, MI

    5 km – Suzanne Weeder Einspahr, 33, Seward, NE

    10 km – Leigh Daniel, 25, Rochester Hills, MI

    5 km – Erin Dromgoole, 24, Boston, MA

    7.195 km – Brianna Torres, 23, Phoenix, AZ

    Alternate – Naoko Ishibe, 35, Silver Spring, MD

    Coach/Team Leader – Kevin Hanson, Rochester Hills, MI

    At the 1998 event, the women’s world record for a six-member marathon


    relay was set by the Chinese women with their 2:11:41. The best U.S.


    at the event has been third (2:21:55) in 1992.

    # # #


    Contact: Celeste Alleyne, Nike, Inc., (310) 670-6770

    Rob Aldinger, Nike, Inc., (212) 367-4438

    Douglas Raggio, Leader Enterprises, Inc., (562) 799-5725


    2nd Annual Race Digs up New Bands and Expands for Record-Setting Run –



    LOS ANGELES – (April 7, 2004) – Nike has announced the bands for the


    annual Run Hit Wonder 5K/10K road race, which provides fitness runners


    a one-of-a-kind format featuring infamous “one-hit wonder” bands. For


    DEVO will headline the race with their hit single “Whip It.” Joining


    are A Flock of Seagulls with “I Ran,” Tone-Loc and his “Wild Thing” and

    General Public with “Tenderness” on Sunday, April 25, 2004.

    “Last year’s race was the largest inaugural 5K/10K in the Continental


    States,” said Jason Cohn, Nike’s event manager. “The connection between

    music and competition struck a deep cord with participants in Los


    and based on the feedback we are receiving from the training runs, this

    year’s race is going to be even bigger.”

    Last year’s inaugural race in Los Angeles quickly sold out with 10,000

    runners. With an anticipated 20,000 runners for 2004, this year’s

    start/finish was moved to the Los Angeles Coliseum.

    The popularity of the 2003 Run Hit Wonder race was fueled by Nike’s Club


    LA community training runs, which allow runners (dubbed “Groupies”) to

    train, socialize and test new Nike running shoes and apparel. Led by

    professional running coaches (dubbed “Roadies”), Groupies are treated to

    expert running advice, pace groups, food and beverages, all provided by


    For the Los Angeles race, Nike is hosting 12 training runs each week for


    six weeks prior to the race. To add to the excitement at the training


    all Groupies are entered to win prizes ranging from free Run Hit Wonder

    registration to new Nike gear.

    For more information, go to:

    # # #

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