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    Wire 28, April 13, 2004

    In this edition of the Running USA wire:

    1) U.S. Women’s Team Third at Beijing Int’l Ekiden

    2) Elite Field Announced for Upcoming Country Music Marathon

    3) B-52’s Headline Salt Lake City Marathon Post-Race Concert

    4) Scenic 10 Announces 2004 Hall of Fame Inductees

    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

    U.S. Women’s Team Third at Beijing International Ekiden

    At the 2004 Beijing International Women’s Ekiden on Sunday, April 11,

    the

    U.S. women’s team finished third overall in 2:29:57 behind China (2:19:52)

    and Japan (2:22:31). Their team place tied the 1992 U.S. women’s team

    for

    best U.S. finish at the event. The 26.2 mile road relay had six legs

    between

    5-10 kilometers and was contested on the streets of Beijing, the Chinese

    capital and the 2008 Summer Games host city. The U.S. team also took

    home

    $8000.

    TEAM RESULTS

    1. China, 2:19:52

    2. Japan, 2:22:31

    3. USA, 2:29:57

    4. Korea, 2:35:27

    5. Mongolia, 2:57:08

    6. Vietnam, 3:00:01

    U.S. segment summary:

    5 km – 17:01/3rd – Sonja Friend-Uhl, 33, West Palm Beach, FL

    10 km – 35:03/3rd – Melissa White, 23, Rochester Hills, MI

    5 km – 17:36/3rd – Suzanne Weeder Einspahr, 33, Seward, NE

    10 km – 38:15/4th – Leigh Daniel, 25, Rochester Hills, MI

    5 km – 17:10/3rd – Erin Dromgoole, 24, Boston, MA

    7.195 km – 24:52/2nd – Brianna Torres, 23, Phoenix, AZ

    # # #

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: Audra Fleming, (858) 518-2923/Kim Dettwiller, (615) 330-5656

    Elite Field Announced for Country Music Marathon

    Columbian and Venezuelan Competitors in Olympic Qualifying Quest

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (April 13, 2004) – An elite field of men from

    Columbia

    and Venezuela will be on the start line at the 2004 Country Music

    Marathon

    on Saturday, April 24, with the race designated as the Olympic Games

    qualifier for those two countries. In all, men and women from Kenya,

    Ethiopia, South Korea, Costa Rica, Brazil, Peru, Romania, Russia and

    Belarus

    will make up an impressive international field for the fifth anniversary

    of

    the event that runs through the streets of Nashville.

    With an Olympic berth on the line for 11 runners, the return of 2003

    champion Jomo Kororia of Kenya, and an exciting addition to the prize

    purse,

    the table is set for a fast race as the Country Music Marathon debuts

    its

    new flatter, faster course. The Columbian and Venezuelan men must meet

    either the Olympic “A” standard of 2:15 or the “B” standard of 2:18 to

    earn

    an opportunity to run the marathon at the Olympic Games on August 29,

    2004

    in Athens, Greece. On the new marathon route, three of the most

    strenuous

    sections of the course have been eliminated, knocking out five miles of

    hills.

    For the first time, the entire field will be vying for the opportunity

    to

    drive away in a brand new 2004 Nissan Xterra. Both the men’s and women’s

    marathon champions will be presented with an Xterra, valued at $22,000

    and

    offered by the Tennessee-based car manufacturer.

    Kororia, 23, who won his debut marathon in 2:12:56 last year, will be

    challenged by countryman Luke Kibet, who makes his fourth appearance at

    the

    Country Music Marathon. Kibet, 29, was the inaugural Country Music

    Marathon

    champion in 2000, finished second in 2001 and third in 2003. He enters

    the

    2004 race with a personal best 2:10:18. Also in the mix is Haron

    Toroitich,

    another Kenyan, who won the inaugural P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona

    Marathon last January. He owns a marathon best of 2:08:34.

    In addition, Toroitich has the opportunity to earn an additional $25,000

    bonus should he capture the Country Music Marathon title. The bonus is

    on

    the line for the men’s and women’s winners of the P.F. Chang’s race, in

    the

    event they win another Elite Racing musical event in the 2004 calendar

    year

    (Country Music Marathon 04/24/04, Suzuki Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon 06/06/04

    or

    Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon 09/05/04).

    Age and experience should be on the side of Carlos Grisales, 37, of

    Columbia

    and Ruben Maza, 36, of Venezuela as they lead the group of men seeking

    to

    meet the Olympic time standards. Grisales enters with a best of 2:11:17

    while Maza has a 2:12:02. They are followed by Columbia’s Alirio

    Carrasco

    (2:12:09), Juan Cardona (2:14:30) and Hugo Jimenez (2:15:24). Cardona

    and

    Jimenez are returning competitors, finishing fourth and ninth

    respectively,

    at the Country Music Marathon last year.

    Headlining the women’s elite field is Anuta Catuna of Romania. The

    runner-up

    at the 2004 P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ roll Arizona Marathon, Catuna ran a

    2:32:55 in that race. A seasoned veteran, she also lists a silver medal

    performance in the marathon at the 1995 World Championships, a victory

    at

    the ’96 New York City Marathon and a bronze medal finish at the ’98

    Boston

    Marathon. Challenging her will be recent addition Elena Makalova of

    Belarus,

    who finished second in the 2002 Country Music Marathon.

    The Country Music Marathon will be televised to a national audience Sat.,

    May 1 at 12 noon CST on Fox Sports Net. A local broadcast will also be

    televised on Comcast Sports Southeast, on Sat., May 8th at 3 p.m. CST

    and

    again on Tues., May 11th at 7 p.m. CST.

    Major sponsors of the Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon include

    Reebok

    and Foot Locker.

    # # #

    Country Music Marathon Elite Field as of 04/08/04

    MEN

    Name/Age/CTZ/PR/Quick Fact

    Jomo Kororia, 23, KEN, 2:11:07, 1st ’03 CMM, defending champion

    Luke Kibet, 29, KEN, 2:10:18, 1st ’00 CMM, 2nd ’01 CMM, 3rd ’03 CMM

    Haron Toroitich, 26, KEN, 2:08:34, 1st ’04 P.F. Chang’s RNRAZ Marathon

    Jae-Young Hyung, KOR, 2:10:37, 1st 1999 Dong-A Marathon

    Peter Githuka, 35, KEN, 2:08:02, 15th ’03 Chicago Marathon

    Nephat Kinyanjui, 26, KEN, Debut, 10-mile PR 48:01, 1st 03 Subaru

    Buffalo 4M

    Eric Quiros, 29, CRC, Debut, Half PR 1:04:02, San Jose Int’l Half

    Champion

    Hugo Jiminez, 28, COL, 2:15:24, 9th ’03 CMM’03 Miami Tropical Marathon

    Abraham Assefa, 32, ETH, 2:13:16, 3rd ’02 Hartford Marathon

    Octavio Dos Santos, 30, BRA, 2:12:24, 2nd ’03 Miami Tropical Marathon

    William Gomes de Amorim, 28, BRA, 2:14:42, 1st ’04 Miami Tropical

    Marathon

    Alex Januario de Medonca, 29, BRA, 2:14:46, 3rd ’04 Miami Tropical

    Marathon

    Carlos Grisales, 37, COL, 2:11:17, 9th ’01 Medellin Half-Marathon

    Alirio Carrasco, 28, COL, 2:12:09, 11th ’03 Chicago Marathon

    Juan Cardona, 29, COL, 2:14:30, 4th ’03 CMM

    Hugo Jimenez, 29, COL, 2:15:24, 9th ’03 CMM

    Diego Colorado, 30, COL, 2:16:45, 3rd ’03 Pan Am Games Marathon

    Julian Berrio, 28, COL, 2:19:05(alt), 2nd ’04 Columbian XC Trials

    Juan Jaramillo, 32, COL, 2:22:23(alt), 4th ’04 Cafi-Cafi 12K

    Ruben Maza, 36, VEN, 2:12:02, 1st Margarita Half-Marathon (63:00 PR)

    Alejandro Semprun, 31, VEN, 2:12:56, 2nd ’02 Venezuelan Nat’l Champs 10,000

    Pedro Mora, 26, VEN, Debut/63:37, 1st ’04 Gatorade 10K

    Constantino Leon, 30, VEN, Debut/64:18, 3rd ’03 Carrera de San Pablo

    David Mutua, 26, KEN, 2:12:11, 6th ’03 Suzuki RNRM

    Nicolus Muindi, 21, KEN, 2:15:59, 5th ’03 Dubai Marathon

    WOMEN

    Anuta Catuna, 35, ROM, 2:27:34, 2nd 04 P.F. Chang’s RNRAZ Marathon

    Gladys Asiba, 26, KEN, 2:37:47

    Iglandini Gonzalez, 38, COL, 2:35:19, 4th 03 Pan Am Games Marathon

    Irina Permitina, 36, RUS, 2:33:19, 5th 03 Grandma’s Marathon

    Elena Makalova, 35, BLR, 2:29:12, 1st 02 Bermuda Marathon (CR), 2nd 02

    CMM

    # # #

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: Karen Boe, (801) 230-5404 or [email protected]

    B-52’s PLAYING SALT LAKE CITY MARATHON AWARDS PARTY

    The Greatest Party Band on the Planet to Entertain Race Participants

    SALT LAKE CITY – (April 12, 2004) – Organizers of the Salt Lake City

    Marathon & 5K, presented by the Ken Garff Automotive Group, announced

    today

    that the B-52’s will headline the post-race award concert and party at

    The

    Gallivan Center at 7:00 p.m. on April 24, 2004. A free ticket is

    included

    for every marathon participant.

    5K participants and volunteers receive $10 off the $26 ticket price. A

    limited number of tickets will be available to the public and are

    expected

    to sell out quickly. Tickets will be available to race participants and

    the

    public at Smith Tix Outlets (801) 467-TIXX or (800) 888-TIXX or

    http://www.smithtix.com. Tickets will also be available at the Health & Fitness

    Expo at the Marriott City Center and at the pasta party on April 23rd,

    and

    at the finish line on race day. More details can be found on the race

    website: http://www.saltlakecitymarathon.com

    From the timeless gems of “Rock Lobster,” “Planet Claire” and “Private

    Idaho” to the more recent classics of “Channel Z,” “Love Shack” and “Roam”,

    the B-52’s unforgettable dance-rock tunes start a party every time the

    music

    begins. An unexpected commercial and critical success, the B-52’s

    inadvertently formed the core of the burgeoning early ’80s New Wave

    ‘movement’. Along with contemporaries like Blondie and Talking Heads,

    the

    B-52’s charted their greatest pop smashes in the ’90s, and advanced

    their

    reputation as the greatest party band on the planet

    Slated for the inaugural running on Saturday, April 24, 2004 and

    sporting a

    prize purse of $100,000, the Salt Lake City Marathon & 5K, themed “Run,

    Bump

    & Boogie,” is destined to become one of the top five running events in

    the

    country. Registration is easy and efficient at http://www.saltlakecitymarathon.com

    where participants can download entry forms, course descriptions and

    entry

    details.

    In addition to pasta party proceeds, $10 per marathon participant and $5

    from every 5K participant will go to The Huntsman Cancer Institute, the

    premiere cancer research and care facility in the Intermountain West.

    The

    Devine Racing offices are located at 136 E South Temple in Salt Lake

    City,

    Utah. For race information, contact Scott Kerr, Race Director at (801)

    412-6060.

    # # #

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Scenic 10 Announces 2004 Hall of Fame Inductees

    PARK FOREST, Ill. – (April 13, 2004) – The 27th Park Forest Scenic 10 –

    to

    be held September 6 – will add four new members to its Hall of Fame when

    everyone gathers Labor Day morning. New inductees include:

    * Phil Hey – long-time track and cross country coach who was

    instrumental in

    the development of road running in the south suburban Chicago area in

    the

    late 70s and 80s.

    * John Tallyn – a member of the Scenic 10 staff for over 15 years. John

    is

    instrumental in handling logistics and hospitality for our international

    athletes.

    * Carol Pratt – a member of our staff for over 15 years. Carol has

    worked as

    a host of our invited athletes as well as being able to race

    competitively

    in our field of athletes. Carol is also a leader in developing high

    school

    distance running in the Illinois High School Association.

    * Penny Chamberlain – Penny has been an unsung hero for the race for

    years

    as an integral volunteer helping with the registration process at the

    Parks

    and recreation Department. She has been part of the race for as long as

    we

    can remember.

    Once again the Scenic 10, a Running USA Founding Member, will host a

    great

    field of athletes on Labor Day, Monday, September 6 at 8am. Runners can

    register now at: http://www.signmeupsports.com

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