FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurence Dean Cohen
Prize Money for 2002 City of Los Angeles Marathon Announced
LOS ANGELES - (February 27, 2002) - The 17th running of the City of Los
Angeles Marathon presented by Honda on Sunday, March 3 will offer a new
prize structure to assure that more elite athletes will finish in the money.
The prize package of $125,500 will extend to the top ten finishers, as
opposed to the top six finishers of previous years. The 7th though 10th
place finishers will be required to meet minimum times of 2:16:30 for Men
and 2:39:00 for Women to receive full prize monies, which will be reduced
by 50% if they do not meet the requirements.
The race, which will take place on a new flatter course, is shaping up as a
"battle of the champions" led by 2001 winner Stephen Ndungu (Kenya)
and 2000 winner Benson Mbithi (Kenya). Top Americans and Team USA Distance
Running athletes are Peter De La Cerda (Team USA California) and Kelly
Mortenson (Team USA Minnesota).
For the women, local runner Sylvia Mosqueda who finished second at the 1987
race is one of the favorites. Mosqueda will face a formidable field
including Constantina Dita and Aurica Buia of Romania, Lucia Subano of
Kenya, Violetta Kryza of Poland, Tatiana Titova of Russia and masters star
Tatyana Pozdnyakova of Ukraine. Olga Appell was the last American winner of
the L.A. Marathon (1994).
Three hours of live race coverage will begin at 8:30am on KCAL 9 television.
The City of Los Angeles Marathon presented by Honda is sponsored by
American Airlines, City of Angels Medical Center, The Gas Company, the Los
Angeles Times, Saucony and Sparkletts. For updates on the elite field, visit
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