- April 10, 2004 at 5:46 pm #1392
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
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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 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
Runners may register online at http://www.chicagomarathon.com 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.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Glenn Kass, (309) 269-3634; (563) 383-2480
30 YEARS AND STILL RUNNING
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
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
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: http://www.bix7.com.
valid Visa or MasterCard is required to register online.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Celeste Alleyne, Nike, Inc., (310) 670-6770
Rob Aldinger, Nike, Inc., (212) 367-4438
Douglas Raggio, Leader Enterprises, Inc., (562) 799-5725
NIKE’S “RUN HIT” ISN’T A ONE HIT WONDER
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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