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    In this edition of the Running USA wire:

    1) USATF Road Running Information Center’s Annual Marathon Report: Part

    I-II

    2) Get in Gear, Team USA Minnesota Partner

    3) Bolder Boulder Announces New Charity Team Challenge

    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

    Contact: Ryan Lamppa, (805) 696-6232; [email protected]

    USATF RRIC MARATHON REPORT, PART I

    U.S. Marathon Demographic Snapshot

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (April 15, 2004) – With the Flora London and

    Boston

    Marathons this weekend and the spring marathon season in full stride, it

    is

    time again for USATF Road Running Information Center’s annual marathon

    report.

    Monday’s 108th Boston Marathon illustrates how much marathon

    demographics

    have evolved since the 1970s Running Boom era. In 1975, female finishers

    were only 1.5% of the field (28 of 1,846 overall finishers). The female

    percentage continued to increase impressively to 11.7% in 1985, 35% in

    2000

    and 37% in 2003 as the absolute finisher totals grew respectively (3,930,

    15,668 and 17,030). Boston has also experienced a gradual increase in

    the

    age of marathoners, although its very large masters pool (53% – up from

    48%

    in 2000) is affected by the qualifying entry process.

    A more general look at all 2003 marathons that provided results to USATF

    RRIC shows consistency over the last 6 years (see charts below). The

    median

    age for marathon finishers (39 for men, 34 for women) has not changed

    since

    1998 and the overall median age has only increased by 1 year to 38. Also,

    the percent of women (40%), masters (43%) and juniors (2%) has not

    varied by

    more than one percentage point. Younger women are still the majority of

    runners under-30 (55%) while men comprise 69% of the masters group (40

    and

    over).

    Of course from city-to-city and year-to-year, marathon fields vary more

    significantly. The 2000 New York City Marathon, for example, had the

    lowest

    percent of female finishers (28.4) of the larger U.S. marathons tracked

    that

    year but in the 2003 ING-sponsored edition, 34% of the finishers were

    women.

    Another large marathon with significant increases in female

    participation

    was Honolulu which increased from 42% in 2000 to 48% in 2003. The

    highest

    female percent for both 2000 and 2003 occurred at Portland with 58% and

    57%

    respectively. The large marathon with the smallest percent of masters

    was

    LaSalle Bank Chicago (33% both years) and the largest number of juniors

    (19

    and under) can be found at the City of Los Angeles Marathon (8.5% in

    2000

    and 11% in 2003) which has the successful “Students Run L.A.” training

    program.

    As the Median Times chart below illustrates, marathoners were a little

    faster in 2003 (4:19:52 for men, 4:52:55 for women) compared to 2002,

    but

    still significantly slower than in the 1980s and 90s. The data also

    shows

    that there is a much bigger difference between men and women’s times

    than

    between older and younger runners. An average male masters runner could

    expect to run about 7 minutes slower than an under-30 male, whereas the

    typical female masters runner might run 15 minutes slower than her under-30

    counterpart.

    DEMOGRAPHIC BREAKDOWN 1980-2003

    1980 1995 1998 1999 2000 2002 2003

    Women 10.5% 26% 34% 36% 38% 40% 40%

    Masters 26% 41% 40% 42% 44% 43% 43%

    Juniors 5% 2% 1% 1% 2% 2% 2%

    MEDIAN TIMES

    1980 1995 2002 2003

    Males 3:32:17 3:54:00 4:20:01 4:19:52

    Females 4:03:39 4:15:00 4:56:46 4:52:55

    MEDIAN AGE

    1980 1995 1998 2000 2002 2003

    Males 34 38 38 38 39 39

    Females 31 35 34 35 34 35

    Median Age Overall na na 37 37 37 38

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    USATF RRIC MARATHON REPORT, PART II

    U.S. Marathon Count, Estimates, Growth Rate and Largest Marathons

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (April 15, 2004) – Since the USATF Road Running

    Information Center began compiling running data in 1987, we are often

    asked:

    “How many marathons are there in the U.S.?” Currently, with the

    widespread

    use of the Internet for running calendars and a reasonable stability for

    most events of the distance, we are much closer to having a complete

    list of

    marathons. As a start, there were 348 different U.S. marathons included

    in

    the RRIC database and/or found on the top 10 online calendar sites over

    a 12

    month period. If you add an estimated 25 events that are more local and

    not

    on a national or regional radar, a reasonable minimum estimate is 375 U.S.

    marathons.

    Another way to approach the marathon count is to examine the certified

    course list. There was a time in the mid-1990s when the total number of

    U.S.

    certified marathon courses was around 650. Now some courses have expired

    (after a 10 year life) and the current total as of March 7, 2004 was 444

    “active” marathon courses. On closer examination, approximately 114 of

    those

    were duplicates. Then remove another 15 which are probably no longer

    used

    such as “1996 Olympic Marathon” and the canceled “DC Marathon.” After

    adding

    an estimated 55 for uncertified courses, trail marathons and courses

    used

    more than once a year, we get the same estimate of 375.

    Due to this revision of event numbers, the historical estimated finisher

    totals have also been revised as follows:

    Year Estimated U.S. Marathon Finisher Total

    1976 25,000

    1980 120,000

    1990 236,000

    1995 312,000

    1996 340,000

    1997 340,000

    1998 360,000

    1999 374,000

    2000 389,000

    2001 366,000

    2002 388,000

    2003 400,000

    In the U.S., marathons in 2003 grew by 3% compared to 2002, while

    outside

    the U.S., there was another year of solid growth with a 4.9% increase

    for

    the same 62 marathons (301,747 finishers in 2002 vs. 316,470 in 2003).

    For the first time in history, four marathons – New York City, Chicago,

    London and Berlin – reported over 30,000 finishers in the same year (2003).

    The 2003 ING New York City Marathon supplanted the Flora London Marathon

    as

    the world’s largest with a race record 34,729 finishers and #2 all-time

    ranking (only the 100th Boston Marathon in 1996 with 35,868 finishers is

    larger), while the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon continued its growth

    spurt

    as it also jumped over London for the #2 world-wide position in 2003

    with

    32,362 finishers. Like 2002, the U.S. again had 7 of the 15 largest

    marathons in the world.

    For largest marathon lists, see the below.

    2003

    World’s Largest Marathons (finishers):

    1) ING New York City, NY 34,729

    2) LaSalle Bank Chicago, IL 32,362

    3) Flora London, GBR 32,174

    4) real Berlin, GER 30,709

    5) Paris, FRA 28,991

    6) Honolulu, HI 22,139

    7) City of Los Angeles, CA 17,097

    8) Boston, MA 17,030

    9) Suzuki Rock ‘n’ Roll, CA 16,798

    10) Chosun Ilbo Chunchon, KOR 16,276

    11) Marine Corps, DC 15,973

    12) Olympus Hamburg, GER 15,588

    13) Ford Cologne, GER 14,652

    14) Stockholm, SWE 12,076

    15) Naha, JPN 11,442

    2003

    U.S. Largest Marathons (finishers):

    1) ING New York City, NY 34,729

    2) LaSalle Bank Chicago, IL 32,362

    3) Honolulu, HI 22,139

    4) City of Los Angeles, CA 17,097

    5) Boston, MA 17,030

    6) Suzuki Rock ‘n’ Roll, CA 16,798

    7) Marine Corps, DC 15,973

    8) Walt Disney World, FL 9,422

    9) Twin Cities, MN 7,085

    10) Portland, OR 7,016

    11) Grandma’s, MN 6,868

    12) hp houston, TX 5,735

    13) Philadelphia, PA 5,354

    14) Motorola Austin, TX 5,315

    15) St. George, UT 4,437

    Source: USA Track & Field Road Running Information Center – http://www.usatf.org

    and http://www.runningusa.org

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Get in Gear 10K/2K Supports Team USA Minnesota with Contribution

    Athletes Participate in Fit for Fun Activities

    MINNEAPOLIS – (April 14, 2004) – The Get in Gear 10K/2K announced this

    week

    that it would contribute $1,000 to Team USA Minnesota to help the team’s

    distance runners with travel expenses for competitions leading up to the

    U.S. Olympic Trials in July. In turn, Team USA Minnesota athletes are

    assisting Get in Gear with the Fit for Fun 2K training program which has

    trained over 35,000 children to run since 1988.

    The 27th annual Get in Gear 10K will be held April 24, along with its

    companion 2K (1-1/4 mile) Fun Run. Both races start and end at Minnehaha

    Park in Minneapolis. Known as the “Annual Rite of Spring,” the Get in

    Gear

    10K attracts over 5,000 runners and is Minnesota’s largest 10K race.

    The 2004 Fit for Fun program, coordinated by teacher Paul Vogel, is a

    seven-week training program designed to introduce children in grades 3-5

    to

    the fun of recreational running and to the health benefits of aerobic

    fitness activities. There are 33 metropolitan-area grade schools

    participating this year. Team USA Minnesota athletes Katie McGregor and

    Johanna Olson have given talks and run with children at two schools with

    some of the largest sign-ups – Hastings Elementary and the Ramsey Fine

    Arts

    School.

    Team USA Minnesota athletes will also help with the start and finish of

    the

    Get in Gear 2K where the Fit for Fun children will run. In 2003, over 2,400

    children completed the seven week training program and more than 1,100

    children participated in the 2K Fun Run.

    “We are proud to help support Team USA Minnesota in its mission to

    provide

    training opportunities for promising distance runners,” said Paulette

    Odenthal, executive director of the Get in Gear 10K and 2K. “We are also

    honored to have the opportunity to showcase Team USA athletes as role

    models

    to our youth that participate in our long-standing Fit for Fun program.”

    About Team USA Minnesota

    Team USA Minnesota, part of the Team USA Distance Running program, is

    based

    in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. It was formed in January

    2001 and began selecting athletes in April of that year. The Team USA

    Minnesota Distance Training Center is a coordinated effort to bring

    local

    resources together to improve post-collegiate American distance running

    and

    to develop Olympians. The athletes are coached by Dennis Barker, head

    cross

    country and track coach at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

    The Minnesota training center’s major sponsor is Life Time Fitness

    (www.lifetimefitness.com) and its silver sponsor is the Twin Cities

    Marathon. For more information about Team USA Minnesota, visit the web

    site

    at http://www.teamusaminnesota.org.

    Contact:

    Pat Goodwin, (952) 924-1081; [email protected]

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:

    Cliff Bosley, Race Director, (303) 444-7223, x14;

    [email protected]

    Nancy Kauffold, Public Relations, (303) 444-7223, x20;

    [email protected]

    Bolder Boulder Announces New Charity Team Challenge

    BOULDER, Colo. – (April 14, 2004) – The Bolder Boulder – a Memorial Day

    tradition – has teamed up with Roche Colorado Corporation to offer the

    inaugural Bolder Boulder Charity Team Challenge.

    This is a new team division for 2004 offered within the Bolder Boulder

    Citizen’s Team Competition. The winning team in this division will

    receive a

    donation to their charity of $2,000, second place will receive $750 and

    third place will receive $250. Each charity can enter only one team of

    four

    runners, with at least one female required. All team members must either

    be

    on staff with the charity or a board member. The winning team will be

    determined by adding up the finish times of all four team members, with

    the

    lowest total time deciding the winner.

    This new division is only open to Boulder County charities. All Boulder

    Charity Challenge team entries must be accompanied with letterhead from

    the

    non-profit and a list of current staff and board members. Charities can

    make

    this event even more fun and profitable by looking for a sponsor to

    match

    their “win” or by having their runners collect pledges toward their run

    by

    mile or by finish time.

    Register for the Charity Team Challenge online at:

    http://www.bolderboulder.com/info_teams.cfm

    For more information, call (303) 444-RACE.

    About Bolder Boulder

    The Celestial Seasonings Bolder Boulder 10K, a Running USA Founding

    Member,

    is the 3rd largest timed road race in the country and the 5th largest in

    the

    world. The race attracts up to 50,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair

    racers and draws professional racing teams from all over the world to

    compete for the largest non-marathon prize purse in road racing. The

    race

    starts at the north end of 30th Street in Boulder near the First

    National

    Bank of Colorado, winds through neighborhoods with live music and

    entertainment at every corner, and finishes in the University of

    Colorado’s

    Folsom Field. More than 100,000 spectators watch the festivities from

    inside

    the stadium and along the course. Every year, the race makes donations

    to

    local charities that provide volunteers to help stage the race. Over the

    years, beneficiaries have included the Boulder Humane Society, Attention

    Homes, Younglife, Boulder Optimists, local schools, and church youth

    groups.

    The Bolder Boulder is proud to be partnered with the following primary

    sponsors: Celestial Seasonings, Frontier Airlines, Millennium Hotel,

    New

    Balance, Seagate Technology and CarFind USA.

    The 26th Bolder Boulder will be held on Memorial Day, May 31, 2004.

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