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    Wire 27, April 10, 2004

    In this edition of the Running USA wire:

    1) Browne USA 10 Mile Champion at Papa John’s

    Team Running USA sponsored by Nike

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

    Club

    Copyright © 2004 Running USA

    All Rights Reserved

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    UPCOMING EVENTS:

    Flora London Marathon, GBR, April 18

    http://www.london-marathon.co.uk

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

    http://www.bostonmarathon.org

    Country Music Marathon, Nashville, TN, April 24

    http://www.cmmarathon.com

    Inaugural Salt Lake City Marathon, UT, April 24

    http://www.saltlakecitymarathon.com

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

    http://www.bsim.org

    Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, OH, April 25

    http://www.clevelandmarathon.com

    Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, OK, April 25

    http://www.okcmarathon.com

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

    http://www.nike.com/nikerunning/runhitwonder/main.jhtml?ref=nike_running_usa

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Browne Wins USA 10 Mile Title at Papa John’s

    Also Sets USA Championship Record

    By Jim Estes

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – (April 10, 2004) – “Papa” John Schnatter was in such a

    hurry to get the 2004 edition of the Papa John’s 10 Miler/USA Men’s

    Championship underway before the forecasted rains appeared, the field

    for

    the USA Men’s Championship on Saturday morning was barely on the line

    when

    the gun went off. Fortunately, the rain didn’t show, but a strong field

    and

    another national championship record did as 2004 Olympic marathoner Dan

    Browne of Portland, Ore. won in 46:32.

    Once again, near perfect weather, 52 degrees and a light breeze met a

    field

    of 5,500 runners for the fourth running of this event. In addition,

    runners

    had the added bonus of Eddie Money in concert after the race.

    Defending USA 10 Mile Champion Chris Graff of Palo Alto, Calif. said

    that he

    thought that the opening mile of 4:28 would “narrow the field more than

    it d

    id and a pack of 12 guys at two miles in 9:02 (4:33), was certainly not

    what

    I expected.”

    By the time the leaders hit three miles in 13:44 (4:41), the front pack

    was

    down to Browne, Graff, 2003 USA 5K Champ Henry Dennis, 2003 USA Marathon

    and

    Half-Marathon Champion Ryan Shay and Justin Young of Boulder, Colo. and

    each

    would take more than one turn trying to separate themselves from

    eventual

    winner Browne.

    It was at that point that Browne, 28, knew “Today is going to be a fast

    day.

    At no point were we taking it easy, there was always a point when

    someone

    was willing to take the lead.”

    Regarding the multiple lead changes, Graff who would go on to finish

    second

    (47:02) commented, “I was surprised with the level and amount of

    aggressive

    moves, one guy would push up the hills and another would push through

    the

    crest and yet another would push the down-hill. No one could hold the

    lead

    for more than 200 meters during the first six miles.”

    A pair of 4:46 miles got the lead pack half-way home in 23:18. No one in

    the

    group was willing to let any one of the others gain more than a few

    steps.

    Going up the final hill in the park approaching six miles in 27:59 (4:45),

    Dennis made what would amount to be his final attempt to make a break,

    however, his competition stayed close and coming out of the park on the

    down-hill seventh mile 4:37, Ryan Shay became the barrier for the slight

    head-wind that met the leaders coming back down Southern Parkway.

    “I knew that everyone was looking to me to take the wind, so I took it

    and

    tried to make something happen. I took a look at seven miles and

    everyone

    was still there and I knew that Dan was feeling pretty good and would be

    making a move soon, so, I just tried to maintain,” commented Shay, a

    Team

    Running USA athlete.

    A 4:41 eighth mile had Browne just beginning to feel like he was pushing

    hard, with Graff less than two steps behind as the pair left Shay,

    Dennis

    and Young to sort out third. By the time Browne turned in a 4:32 ninth

    mile,

    the 2003 Pan Am Games 10,000 meter bronze medalist was nine seconds up

    on

    Graff and with a solo final mile, he hit the finish at the fifty-yard

    line

    in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in a USA Men’s Championship record of 46:32

    bettering Graff’s 47:09 from last year.

    Browne’s winning time is the fastest 10 mile performance by a U.S. male

    since Bill Reifsnyder’s 46:32 in April 1991 at Cherry Blossom and ties

    Reifsnyder for #3 U.S. all-time on confirmed, certified courses.

    “This was a great test of my fitness, I just came off the Olympic

    Marathon

    Trials feeling good and want to run a fast 10K in a few weeks and was

    glad

    to come to Papa John’s to confirm that my training is moving in the

    right

    direction,” said the West Point grad who won his 9th USA road title and

    12th

    overall as well as pocketing $10,000 as national champion.

    Graff made a point to add, “When it is all said and done, it was a great

    race again this year, I know I speak for the rest of the athletes when I

    say

    we really appreciate Papa John’s and their support of a USA Championship.

    I

    especially want everyone to know, how much we love Karen Sherman, Race

    Director for the Papa John’s 10 Miler, she’s really great!”

    As part of the 2004 USA Running Circuit, a USA Track & Field national

    championship road series, the top 10 U.S. runners earned USARC points at

    Papa John’s. With his victory (worth 15 Circuit points), Browne moved

    into

    second place in the Men’s USARC standings with 35 points. Fellow

    Olympian

    Meb Keflezighi of Mammoth Lakes, Calif. sits atop the men’s standings

    with

    54 points.

    The 2004 USARC offers a record of $818,700 in guaranteed prize money

    with a

    final $12,500 grand prix purse ($6000, $4000 and $2500) for the top

    three

    men and women point scorers overall. For more information, visit:

    http://www.usatf.org/

    Papa John’s 10 Miler: USA Men’s Championship

    Louisville, KY, Saturday, April 10, 2004

    1) Dan Browne, 28, Portland, OR 46:32# $10,000

    2) Chris Graff, 28, Palo Alto, CA 47:02 $5,000

    3) Ryan Shay, 24, East Jordan, MI 47:11 $2,500

    4) Justin Young, 24, Boulder, CO 47:21 $2,000

    5) Brian Sell, 25, Rochester Hills, MI 47:23 $1,500

    6) Henry Dennis, 29, Cincinnati, OH 47:31 $1,000

    7) Teren Jameson, 26, Salt Lake City, UT 47:35 $900

    8) Teddy Mitchell, 32, Albuquerque, NM 47:38 $800

    9) Peter Gilmore, 26, Menlo Park, CA 47:41 $700

    10) Matt Thull, 29, Milwaukee, WI 47:46 $600

    11) Scott Strand, 36, Birmingham, AL 47:52 $500

    12) Clint Verran, 28, Rochester Hills, MI 47:53 $400

    13) Trent Briney, 25, Rochester Hills, MI 48:45 $300

    14) Nic Crider, 27, Louisville, KY 48:47 $200

    15) Sean Nesbitt, 29, Boulder, CO 48:50 $100

    #USA Championship Record (previous record Chris Graff, 47:09, Papa John’s

    2003)

    For full results and more go to:

    http://www.papajohns.com/louisville/index.htm

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