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• WISCONSIN (USA) / Masters athlete overrules Open Division
The overall winner of this year's "Cellcom Green Bay Marathon" on June 23, was 44 year-old Andrey Kuznetson of Russia who finished with a time of 2:23.33. Last year's second place finisher, Jonathan Ndambuki of Kenya, was over taken by Kuznetson at the twentysecond mile and took second place with a time of 2:24.46, putting him second place overall for two years in a row. Taking third place was Lazarescu Petru who finished the course in 2:26.49. Rounding out the top five were Glenn LeGros of New Zealand and Vincent Temu of Kenya. The first overall American finisher was Daniel Mayer of Naperville, Illinois, who finished in sixth place with a time of 2:28.41. For the second consecutive year the female title went to Tatiana Titova of Russia. Her time of 2:46.56 placed her nearly two and a half minutes ahead of Danuta Bartoszek from Poland who finished at 2:49.25. Green Bay's very own Carol LeGate finished third with a time of 2:52.51 making her the first female American runner. While the elite athlete field was stronger this year, adverse conditions of heat and high humidity resulted in slower times. Executive director Gloria West, has decided to move the date ahead due to the high humidity becoming prevalent in late June in Wisconsin. Another anticipated change will be a finish inside Lambeau Field after its construction is complete. Since its inception in 2000, the "Cellcom Green Bay Marathon" has provided an athletic venue for more than 15,000 runners. The event seeks to create community spirit through a world-class marathon for people of all athletic abilities. The "Cellcom Green Bay Marathon" donates all profits to local charities that partner in production of the marathon.
• SOUTH DAKOTA (USA) / Running with wolves
The inaugural race was June 9, 2002 and the first "Deadwood - Mickelson Trail Marathon" was a huge success! The marathon started on the George S. Mickelson Trail at the Rochford Trailhead and for twentythree scenic miles took the path of least resistance through the Black Hills, leaving the trail for the last three miles into Deadwood, a well-preserved "Wild West town" that is a designated National Historic Landmark. "There are a lot of marathons that claim to be the most beautiful, and all of them have reason to make that claim, but I would just like to say that none of them are run through the territory where Dances with Wolves was filmed. That fact doesn't necessarily make our course the most beautiful, but if you saw the movie, you might just want to come out and see for yourself. Plus, the Mickelson Trail is a very forgiving running surface, and the last part of the course that runs right down Main Street in Deadwood, where Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane used to hang out, makes this marathon at least one of the most unique courses you'll ever run" says race director Jerry Dunn. More detailed course and race information can be found on the marathon's site (www.deadwoodmickelsontrailmarathon.com) as well as a photo gallery highlighting this scenic event.
• VIRGINIA (USA) / Ruiz wins second Yorktown Freedom Run title
Bryce Ruiz and Kristine Wilson won the "Yorktown Freedom Run 5k" for the second time, both having won initially two years ago. There were a record 766 entries in this fourteenth annual race, held to kick off the Yorktown 4th of July celebration. Ruiz, 18 years old, outkicked Michael Mann, 33, of Hampton in the final 50 meters, both timed in 15.35. It was the second time Ruiz outkicked one of the Peninsula's premier roadracers at Yorktown. Two years ago, after his sophomore year at Jamestown, Ruiz ran a 15.33 to finish four seconds ahead of Rob Hinkle. At the 2 1/2-mile mark, coming up the notoriously steep Buckner Street hill from the York River, there were still six runners among the leaders, with Ruiz trailing the group. After Ruiz and Mann, the top five included Tommy Holland (15.42), John Piggott (15.48) and Ryan Neuhart (15.57). Only two were under 16 minutes last year. The prize money this year was increased from $1,000 to $2,000 U.S. dollars. Kristine Wilson had won the 2000 Yorktown race in 18.37. This year, Wilson won in 19.08, 13 seconds ahead of Chelliey Corder. Following those two were Janet Urbanski (20.44), Jennifer Quarles (20.52, her first prize money ever) and Allison Smith (21.07).
• AUSTRALIA / Run with Mona competition
Sydney's Olympic legacy event, the "Flora Sydney Marathon", has launched a competition that offers a unique opportunity to run the "blue line" course with Australian marathon hero Steve Moneghetti. Moneghetti, who is known and respected around the world by his childhood nickname "Mona", will run every step of the 2002 "Flora Sydney Marathon", on Sunday September 15, with the winner of the "Run with Mona" competition. Fully registered entrants in the 2002 "Flora Sydney Marathon" are eligible to enter the "Run with Mona" competition, which requires entrants to explain in 25 words or less why they would like to run the marathon with Steve Moneghetti. The official website www.sydneymarathon.org carries competition entry details. Entries close on September 1, 2002, and the winner will be announced the following week. Entry enquiries can also be made by phoning the event information line on 02 8907 9460. The date of the 2002 "Flora Sydney Marathon", September 15, is significant as it marks the second anniversary of the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. The marathon is a legacy of the "best Olympic Games ever" and closely follows the famous "blue line" course from North Sydney across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Anzac Bridge to finish by the cauldron at Sydney Olympic Park. In 2000 Moneghetti ran the Olympic marathon as the local hero to finish tenth in a time of 2:10. "Now that I've retired from international competition, I'm doing a bit of coaching and this competition provides a one-off opportunity to coach someone through a marathon. It is a nice fit and I will enjoy doing it" - said Moneghetti - "If I can help someone realise a marathon dream I will be very happy. Everyone's dream will be different because the marathon is an individual challenge. The winner of the competition may be someone who is running the marathon for the first time, someone who has never finished a marathon or someone who wants to improve their time. I am looking forward to running with whoever wins the competition. The only thing I ask is that the person I run with is capable of finishing within the cut-off time of five and a half hours: I am not keen on finishing in the bus!". Moneghetti has competed in marathons around the world. He twice finished second in the prestigious "Flora London Marathon". He won gold at the 1994 Commonwealth Games and has competed in the last four Olympic Games. In 1990 he won the "Berlin Marathon" in 2:08.16, which was the fastest marathon time that year. He won the 1994 "Tokyo International Marathon" and placed in the Top 10 in the Boston and Beijing marathons.
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