FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Karpas
January 6, 2004 713-957-3453
HP Houston Marathon Marathon News
The field of elite runners is growing fast for the 32nd annual HP Houston
Marathon and the Halliburton International Half Marathon, slated for Jan.
18. The list of world-class athletes includes three female members of the
U.S. World Championship Team, 2003 defending champions and record-setting
The latest confirmed athletes for Halliburton International Half Marathon
include a strong contingent of American men, led by U.S. half-marathon
champion Dan Browne. Brad Hauser, former Stanford and Houston area high
school standout, Eddie Hellebuyck, a top U.S. masters’ runner, Scott
Strand, defending Houston half-marathon champion, and David Morris, former
U.S. marathon record holder, all will compete. Other elite athletes
joining the field include Teddy Mitchell, David Morris, Mike Franko, Ben
Rosario, Carl Rundell, Bob Busquaert and Trent Briney.
Among the women, Sylvia Mosqueda of the U. S. and Russia's Lyubov Denisova,
winner of the 2002 Los Angeles Marathon, are two runners who recently have
committed. They are expected to challenge Colleen De Reuck and Deeja
Youngquist for the overall half-marathon title.
In the 32nd annual HP Houston Marathon, elite males recently added to the
field include Australian Kim Gillard, Marek Jaroszewski from Poland and
Dzmitry Sivou of Belarus. Top females who have committed to the race
include Nicole Stevenson of Canada and Alena Vinitskaya of Belarus.
The HP Houston Marathon is the nation's premier winter marathon, annually
attracting participants from all 50 U.S. states and nearly 20 foreign
countries. In 2003, more than 17,000 runners took part in four marathon
weekend events (marathon, half-marathon, four-mile run and children's run).
The HP Houston Marathon offers the only closed marathon course in Texas and
is ranked among the top five in the nation by the "Ultimate Guide to
Marathons" for fastest course, organization and crowd support. Start time
is 7 a.m. Jan. 18, in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center in
For more information, visit www.hphoustonmarathon.com or call 713-957-3453.
To request press credentials or race results, call Deirdre Walsh or Jamie
Kincaid at 713-752-1900.
# # #