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    Wire 35, May 1, 2004

    In this edition of the Running USA wire:

    1) Olympic “A” Qualifiers A Plenty at Cardinal Invite – Meb Leads the Way

    2) Men’s Team USA Announced for Bolder Boulder Int’l Team Challenge

    3) Inaugural Salt Lake City Marathon a Success

    4) Big Sur Half Marathon Registration Opens May 1

    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



    Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, OH, May 2

    Runner’s World Half-Marathon, Allentown, PA, May 2

    Lilac Bloomsday 12K, Spokane, WA, May 2

    Fifth Third River Bank 25K, Grand Rapids, MI, May 8

    *USA Men’s, Women’s and Masters Championship

    Saddleback Memorial Half-Marathon/5K, Laguna Hills, CA, May 30-31

    Bolder Boulder 10K, Boulder, CO, May 31

    *Int’l Team Challenge

    Lakeshore Marathon, Chicago, IL, May 31



    American Hopefuls Score Olympic Qualifying Marks at Cardinal Invitational

    By Mark Winitz, Running USA wire

    PALO ALTO, Calif. – (April 30, 2004) – When the sun goes down at the

    Cardinal Invitational each spring and temperatures drop, athletes and fans

    know that times and records are about to fall. In an Olympic year, those

    assumptions become virtual guarantees. Bolstered by ideal, cool and windless

    conditions, U.S. distance runners made hefty down payments for their tickets

    to Athens on Friday evening at Stanford University by notching Olympic and

    U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying times.

    In 2001, Meb Keflezighi set an American 10,000 meter record of 27:13.98 at

    this meet. Keflezighi couldn’t quite match that feat this time, three months

    after earning a berth on the U.S. Olympic marathon squad. The Team Running

    USA athlete merely topped the stacked field while recording a 27:24.10, the

    fourth fastest time on the U.S. all-time list (Meb has three of the four


    Paced by several rabbits, Keflezighi and fellow 2000 Olympian and sometime

    training partner Abdi Abdirahman proceeded through 4K in 10:52, just under

    record pace. By 5K (13:35), Abdirahman fell off the gait by about 10 meters.

    When pacemaker Bernard Lagat concluded his chores, Keflezighi was left to

    negotiate the final 9-1/2 laps of the 25-lap race alone, finishing 10 plus

    seconds short of his AR. A chase pack caught Abdirahman at 8K, but he tucked

    in and placed fourth in a personal record 27:34.24 in a close battle with

    Kenyan Thomas Kiplitan (2nd, 27:32.30) and Ireland’s Cathal Lombard (3rd,

    27:33.53, an Irish record).

    Americans Bob Kennedy, Dathan Ritzenhein (University of Colorado) and Dan

    Browne finished strongly in fifth through seventh. All five top Americans

    recorded times well under the Olympic “A” standard of 27:49.0. In addition,

    Ritzenehein’s 27:38.50 is the fastest time ever run by an American collegian

    (former record: 27:40.69, Alberto Salazar, 1981).

    “I wanted a shot at a PR and the American record,” said Keflezighi of

    Mammoth Lakes, Calif. “But you take a risk and sometimes you win and

    sometimes you lose. “Bernard Lagat did a great job of pacing. I could have

    followed his pace for a long time, but when you do the work yourself, you


    Said Keflezighi about his prospects for Athens “Right now the marathon is

    looking good, I want to try and get a medal, and right now I think the

    marathon is my best chance.”

    In the women’s 10,000, American and rising star Kate O’Neill demonstrated

    that she is a serious contender for the Olympic team. As Kenya’s Sally

    Barsosio rocketed herself to the lead on the sixth lap, O’Neill joined Brits

    Kathy Butler and Haley Yelling, Ireland’s Marie Davenport and Team USA

    Minnesota’s Katie McGregor in a spirited chase pack. O’Neill’s third-place

    finishing time of 31:34.37 makes her the third American to achieve the

    Olympic “A” standard of 31:45.0. Deena Kastor and Elva Dryer have also

    obtained the mark. McGregor placed sixth and second American in 31:51.26.

    Alicia Craig, a Stanford sophomore, finished in 32:19.97 surpassing the

    previous American collegiate record of 32:22.97 by Villanova’s Carole Zajac.

    Ireland’s Sonia O’Sullivan made a rare appearance in the U.S., and her first

    at Stanford. The 2000 Olympic silver medalist at 5000 meters tuned up on her

    own agenda for Athens, easily capturing the women’s 5000 meter title on Cobb

    Track in 14:58.43.

    “It was my first race for a long time, so I really didn’t know what to

    expect,” O’Sullivan admitted. “The main thing was to try and win the race. I

    had a good pacemaker. I thought if I could do the fastest time in the world

    this year, it would be fantastic. And, I managed that.”

    Over the last several laps, a U.S. trio behind O’Sullivan locked in a

    riveting contest for the runner-up spots. Colorado’s Shane Culpepper (2nd,

    15:01.36) imposed a strong kick on the last lap to nip Carrie Tollefson

    (3rd, 15:04.07) and Lauren Fleshman (4th, 15:09.98).

    “After my indoor season, I knew I was really fit,” commented Culpepper, the

    2004 3000 meter bronze medalist at the World Indoor Championships. “I knew I

    had a new level fitness. So it really worked out well. Once again, Stanford

    set up a great situation for distance athletes. We really appreciate it.”

    “I surprised myself tonight,” said Team USA Minnesota’s Tollefson who ran a

    17-second personal best. “I was just racing and trying hard not to think too

    much. April is always hard in the Midwest. The wind is so strong, and you

    never seem to hit your times in training.”

    University of Arkansas star Alistair Cragg, who represents Ireland,

    dominated the men’s 5000 race in a swift 13:16.98, fronting a hoard of U.S,

    men intent upon obtaining, or improving upon, times to land them on the

    starting line at July’s U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials in Sacramento.

    Team USA Minnesota’s Jason Lehmkuhle won a solid “B” section men’s 10,000 in

    28:26.95, under the U.S Trials provisional “B” standard. Team USA Monterey

    Bay’s Fasil Bizuneh placed 6th in 28:43.1, also under the standard.

    Cardinal Invitational

    Cobb Track & Angell Field, Stanford University

    Palo Alto, CA, Friday night, April 30, 2004



    1. Alistair Cragg IRL/Arkansas 13:16.98

    2. Brendan Rogers Nike Farm Team 13:44.52

    3. Chad Johnson Nike Oregon 13:45.26

    4. Forest Braden Boise State 13:45.41

    5. Marc Davis Nike Oregon 13:45.44

    6. Ahman Dirks Nike Oregon 13:45.92

    7. Steve Slattery Nike 13:46.04

    8. Takashi Maeda Japan/Araco Running 13:46.11

    9. James Carney Team USA Monterey Bay 13:46.59

    10. Peter Julian adidas 13:47.31

    Kim McDonald 10,000m

    1. Meb Keflezighi Nike/Team Running USA 27:24.10

    2. Thomas Kiplitan Kenya/Puma 27:32.30

    3. Cathal Lombard Ireland 27:33.53

    4. Abdi Abdirahman Nike 27:34.24

    5. Bob Kennedy Nike 27:37.45

    6. Dathan Ritzenhein Colorado 27:38.50

    7. Dan Browne Nike Oregon 27:42.19

    8. Jaames Getanda Puma 27:44.73

    9. John Henwood New Zealand 27:45.98

    10. Linus Maiyo Nike 27:49.73



    1. Sonia O’Sullivan IRL/Melbourne TC 14:58.43

    2. Shayne Culpepper adidas 15:01.36

    3. Carrie Tollefson adidas/Team USA Minnesota 15:04.07

    4. Lauren Fleshman Nike 15:09.98

    5. Georgie Clarke AUS/Melbourne TC 15:34.52

    6. Emily Morris Australia 15:40.10

    7. Elva Dryer Nike/Team Running USA 15:45.20

    8. Kristen Nicolini Team USA Minnesota 15:56.76

    Kim McDonald Women’s 10,000m

    1. Sally Barsosio Kenya/Nike 31:18.72

    2. Marie Davenport GBR/New Balance 31:28.78

    3. Kate O’Neill Nike Int’l 31:34.37

    4. Kathy Butler GBR/New Balance 31:45.63

    5. Haley Yelling Great Britain 31:50.85

    6. Katie McGregor adidas/Team USA Minnesota 31:51.26

    7. Nicole Aish Nike 32:09.13

    8. Alicia Craig Stanford 32:19.97

    9. Dulce Maria Rodriguez Mexico 32:26.37

    10. Laura O’Neill Nike Int’l 32:27.89

    For more meet information and complete results, go to:

    # # #



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

    [email protected]

    Rich Castro, Pro Athlete Coordinator, (303) 492-8776

    [email protected]

    Bolder Boulder Announces Men’s Team USA for International Team Challenge

    BOULDER, Colo. – (May 1, 2004) – The men’s Team USA for the 7th

    International Team Challenge at the 26th Bolder Boulder on Memorial Day, May

    31st is star-studded, experienced and put simply, the best U.S. men’s team

    ever assembled for this annual competition. Announcing Team USA: Alan

    Culpepper, Meb Keflezighi and Abdi Abdirahman.

    “Over the past 4-5 years, these three 2000 Olympians have produced world

    class performances, won numerous national titles, set records and

    represented the U.S. and the sport with distinction, and on Memorial Day we

    look forward to seeing this ‘Dream Team’ compete against a top international

    field,” said Rich Castro, Pro Athlete Coordinator.

    Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist and CBS TV race coverage commentator Frank

    Shorter is looking forward to a great race, “It is the best American men’s

    team that could be assembled at this point in time and it is an indication

    that the team spirit for the American Olympic team is starting early.”

    Meet Team USA

    Alan Culpepper – a former NCAA 5000 champion at the University of Colorado,

    Alan is coming off a victory last February at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Marathon

    Trials (only his second marathon) and will be representing the USA later

    this year in Athens, Greece. One of America’s top cross country runners, he

    has a 10,000 meter personal best of 27:33.93, the 6th fastest American

    all-time. Alan – who finished second at the 2002 International Team

    Challenge – lives in nearby Lafayette with his wife and fellow Olympian

    Shayne Culpepper and their son Cruz.

    Meb Keflezighi – originally from Eritrea, Meb has lived in the U.S. since he

    was 12 and has been a citizen since 1998. The Team Running USA athlete holds

    U.S. records at 10,000 meters (27:13.98 in 2001) and 20K (58:57 in 2003).

    Last year, Meb won USA 8K, 15K and 20K road titles. At the 2004 U.S. Olympic

    Marathon Trials, he finished second and will also be heading to Greece this

    August. The four-time NCAA champion at UCLA now makes his home in San Diego

    and trains in Mammoth Lakes.

    Abdi Abdirahman – born in Somalia, Abdi has lived in the U.S. since 1990 and

    has been a U.S. citizen since 2000. Abdi didn’t start running until the age

    of 18 where he ran 15:20 in a 5000, his first ever race. He continued on to

    junior college and then to the University of Arizona where he was a standout

    distance runner. Abdi, a Tucson resident, was the 2001 USA 10,000 champion

    and has a 10,000 meter career best of 27:34.24 which he set at the Cardinal

    Invitational, Friday night, April 30.

    The talented trio who represented the U.S. in the 10,000 meters at the 2000

    Olympic Games in Sydney will take on the world’s best over the 10-kilometer

    criterium course which starts and finishes in Folsom Field on the University

    of Colorado campus. This strong U.S. men’s team should challenge distance

    powerhouses Kenya and Ethiopia for the overall team title. The best U.S.

    men’s team finish was third in 2001 and 2002.

    The International Team Challenge, started in 1998, is the largest

    international road racing team competition held annually in the United

    States. International teams are made up of three runners per gender. The

    teams compete for the largest non-marathon prize purse in the world. Monies

    are awarded in the team and individual categories. Teams are scored

    cross-country style with points awarded on the basis of finishing place. The

    team with the lowest score for all three runners is the winner. Ties are

    broken by the position of the third-place finishers.

    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. For more

    race information, go to:

    # # #


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


    Field of Over 6,300 Combined Sets Course Records

    SALT LAKE CITY – (April 28, 2004) – An elite field of talented world class

    runners from around the globe set the course records for the inaugural Salt

    Lake City Marathon, Run, Bump & Boogie on Saturday, April 24, 2004. Over

    3,200 participated in the marathon and 3,100 in the 5K for the inaugural

    year, with over 30 percent of the marathon field from out-of-state.

    The Salt Lake Tribune declared the race “had everything it needed to be a

    stunning success from world class athletes mixing with hundreds of regular

    runners to flawless organization, an army of spirited volunteers and

    astonishing community support along almost every inch of the 26.2-mile

    course around the city. Just like the Olympics everything about the event

    was an utter joy to experience.” A post race awards ceremony was held at

    7:00 p.m., followed by a concert headlined by the B-52s. Over $50,000 was

    donated from the race to the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

    Race Director Scott Kerr was pleased with the success of the inaugural

    event. “I want to thank all runners and our awesome team that put their

    heart and soul into this race. They took care of participants every need. We

    put together a tremendous course that is ideal for beginners and fast for

    elites. This is such a great beginning for the long-term success of this


    On a perfect spring morning with the snow capped peaks of the Wasatch Range

    in the background, these athletes competed for a prize purse of over

    $100,000 with the top male and female winners receiving $25,000 for their

    wins. Gabriel Muchiri of Kenya set the course record at 2:17:21 for his

    first marathon win, pulling ahead three miles prior and finishing just nine

    seconds ahead of training-mate Tanzanian Michael Mislay. Mislay took second

    place with a 2:17:30, suffering from a hamstring injury from January.

    Following up with third place in the men’s race with a time of 2:18:57 was

    Mindaugas Pukstas from Lithuania. Pukstas took third place in his marathon

    debut in Austin in 2004. Coming in fourth was Hillary Lelei from Kenya with

    a 2:20:27, with William Kemey from Kenya coming in fifth at 2:20:58. Pukstas

    and Juan Carlos Gutierrez from Columbia led the field for the first 13 miles

    of the race. Gutierrez dropped out mid-race.

    Russian master Gennady Temnikov came in at 2:29:31, ahead of Bernie

    Boettcher from Silt, Colo. who ran a 2:35:50. Jerry Henley came in third in

    the masters division with a time of 2:36:05.

    The women’s race was dominated by Russian Lioudmila Kortchaguina who set a

    course record of 2:30:41. Kortchaguina won in the 2003 Pittsburgh and Dallas

    White Rock Marathons. Coming in over three minutes behind her was master

    runner Irina Bogacheva from Kyrgyzstan in 2:33:02. Bogacheva is a two-time

    Olympian for Kyrgyzstan and has already been selected for the 2004 Athens

    Games. Hong Kong-born Provo, Utah resident Maggie Chan-Roper, who led the

    pack until the 5-mile marker, finished third at 2:35:49 after suffering from

    serious blister problems since mile eight. The new mother sliced more than

    two minutes off her best time from the 2002 Richmond Marathon.

    Placing fourth was Romanian Aurica Buia in 2:40:31, while Russian Rimma

    Dubovik, took fifth place and second master overall with a time of 2:41:16,

    outpacing Maria Portilla from Peru who placed sixth in the race with a time

    of 2:42:40. Coming in third in the women’s masters division was Luzma

    Caballero at 3:13:34.

    For more race information and results, go to the race website at:

    # # #


    CONTACT: Franca Gargiulo, Director of Media Relations

    (415) 922-2870; [email protected]

    Online Registration for the 2004 Big Sur Half Marathon Begins May 1

    CARMEL, Calif. – (April 29, 2004) – Online registration for the 2004 Big Sur

    Half Marathon will begin on Saturday, May 1, 2004 at the website: The second annual Big Sur Half Marathon, which

    will be held on Sunday, October 17, 2004, offers 3000 participants the

    opportunity to run a scenic loop including Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey,

    historic Cannery Row, and the spectacular Pacific Grove coastline.

    The race, which begins at 7:00 a.m., will also offer “chip” timing, with

    splits for the 5K, 10K and 10 miles. The course will be packed with live

    entertainment and there will be many well-stocked aid stations. In addition,

    there will be a Health & Fitness Expo preceding the race.

    All proceeds from the event will be distributed to non-profit organizations

    throughout Monterey County and Big Sur. Over the past 18 years, more than

    $1.3 million has been distributed to local charities. For more information,

    call the Big Sur International Marathon office at (831) 625-6226 or

    # # #

    Ryan Lamppa, Running USA Media Services

    385 Oak View Ln

    Santa Barbara, CA 93111

    (805) 696-6232; fax (805) 967-5958

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