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SunTrust Richmond Marathon & NTELOS 8k
Entries at Record Pace
Maureen Ackerman Runs to Qualify for Olympic Marathon Trials
RICHMOND, VA - The 2007 SunTrust Richmond Marathon & NTELOS 8k are on pace
to set records for the most entries ever in the event's 30-year history by
As of Tuesday, October 9, over 4,300 runners had registered for the
SunTrust Richmond Marathon, already surpassing last year's race day total
of 3,933. With over a month yet to go, a total field of over 5,000 is
expected by race day on Saturday, November 10. The current record for
marathon entries is 4,763, set in 2005.
Entries for the NTELOS 8k are also surging. As of Tuesday, 3,990 people
had registered. That's almost 500 more than at this time in 2006. Last
year's field totaled out at 5,393, and this year's may top that by several
hundred. The Richmond Times-Dispatch Kids Run entries are also ahead of
last year's pace at just over 200.
In all, the SunTrust Richmond Marathon, NTELOS 8k and Richmond
Times-Dispatch Kids Run are expected to have a total field of over 11,000
participants, which would surpass 2005's record number of 10,390.
The SunTrust Richmond Marathon will be held on Saturday, November 10
beginning at 8 a.m. at 7th and Broad Streets in downtown Richmond. The
NTELOS 8k will follow at 8:35 a.m. The Richmond Times-Dispatch Kids Run
will begin at 9th & Main Streets at 8:15 a.m.
Online entries for the SunTrust Richmond Marathon, NTELOS 8k and Richmond
Times-Dispatch Kids Run will be accepted at www.richmondmarathon.com up
until Wednesday night, Nov. 7. After that, people can sign up in person at
the Race Expo at the Omni Richmond Hotel on Thursday, November 8 from 4 to
8 p.m. and Friday, November 9 from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. There is no Race
Maureen Ackerman's Olympic Goal - Last year's women's marathon winner,
Maureen Ackerman, will be running in this year's SunTrust Richmond Marathon
not only to defend her title, but also to qualify for the U.S. Olympic
Marathon Team Trials, which will be held in Boston in April of 2008.
Ackerman, a Richmond mother of two, who sees herself as an "everyman"
runner, is thrilled to be able to qualify for the Olympics in front of her
family and friends and a hometown crowd, though the time she must beat for
her 26.2-mile marathon run, 2 hours and 47 minutes, is six minutes quicker
than her best ever marathon time of 2:53, which she ran in her winning
effort here last year.
"I want to show my kids, who are 2 and 4, that it's okay to try for
something that's out of reach, and you just do it and try your best," said
Ackerman, 38. "My goal is to go to the race that determines who goes to
the Olympics. And Richmond is where I want to do it."
Ackerman believes the women who qualify to race in the Olympic marathon in
Beijing will have to run the 26.2 Olympic Marathon Team Trial race in under
2 hours and 30 minutes.