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CHIBA, DE REUCK, KASTOR AND RETURNING CHAMPION TOMESCU-DITA
TO LEAD WOMEN'S FIELD FOR THE 2005 LASALLE BANK CHICAGO MARATHON
CHICAGO (September 12, 2005) Masako Chiba, Colleen De Reuck, Deena Kastor
and Constantina Tomescu-Dita will lead the women's elite field at The 2005
LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon.
Returning champion Tomescu-Dita comes back to Chicago eager to defend her
title for a second year. This year she will be up against a very strong
women's elite field, competing against Chiba, De Reuck and Kastor, three
Olympians not afraid to lead the pack.
"All eyes will obviously be on Deena Kastor in this year's LaSalle Bank
Chicago Marathon, but she will have some very strong competition from
Constantina Tomescu-Dita, Masako Chiba and Colleen De Reuck," stated
Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski. "Deena, Constantina, Masako and
Colleen are world-class competitors and have the same goals to run fast.
All four complement each other and in Chicago competition has traditionally
produced great performances."
Chiba, De Reuck and Kastor know what it takes to win and will make for a
solid women's elite field at The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon on Sunday,
October 9. The pressure will be on for Tomescu-Dita to hold on to her title
as she faces off against three Olympians.
Masako Chiba, 29, set her personal best in 2003 with her second place
finish at the Osaka Marathon in 2:21:45. She also earned the distinction of
being the only athlete, male or female, to have World Championship medals
in both the 10,000m (bronze in Athens IAAF World Championships in 1997) and
the marathon (bronze in the Paris IAAF World Championships in 2003).
On August 28, Chiba came in at 2:25:46 defending her championship title at
the Hokkaido Marathon for the second consecutive year. She has her sights
set on another victory in her debut appearance in The LaSalle Bank Chicago
Colleen De Reuck, 41, a four-time Olympian, has competed in three LaSalle
Bank Chicago Marathons. She has a personal best of 2:26:35, set in Berlin
This year, De Reuck placed first at The World Cross Country Championships,
thirteenth at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships and fourth at the
Boulder 10K. Judging by these top-notch performances, she seems primed to
smash Priscilla Walsh's 1986 women's marathon masters record of 2:26:51 in
October at The 2005 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon.
Deena Kastor, 32, the 2004 Athens Olympic Marathon bronze medalist, hopes
to shatter her American Women's Record of 2:21:16 at this year's LaSalle
Bank Chicago Marathon. In addition to breaking her own American record, she
aspires to join the elite five-member sub-2:20 club of women marathon
At The 2005 LaSalle Bank Shamrock Shuffle 8K, Kastor shattered the previous
American record of 25:02 when she came in at 24:36, the second-fastest 8K
ever run by a woman, exceeded only by Morocco's Asmae Leghzaoui, who holds
the world record of 24:28, set in 2002. Kastor hopes for a second American
record in 2005, as she trains for Chicago.
"I'm training for a sub-2:20 goal," Kastor commented. ioThat's my specific
goal this year and I couldn't think of a more fitting race to accomplish
this because The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon is one of the top races in
the world Œ the fast course, the millions of people that line the streets
and the competitive field give you that extra motivation and adrenaline to
perform at your best.
The 2005 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon
The 2005 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon takes place Sunday, October 9
starting and finishing in Chicago's Grant Park. The Race will be broadcast
live beginning at 8 a.m. on CBS 2 CHICAGO and ESPN 1000. Elite athletes
will compete for a portion of the $650,000 prize purse, the highest in the
sport. The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon draws world-class athletes
and participants from all 50 states and from more than 125 countries.
The Health & Fitness Expo will take place Friday, October 7 and Saturday,
October 8, 2005. The Expo will include more than 150 exhibitors featuring
the newest designs in running gear and shoes, as well as the latest
developments in sports, fitness and nutrition. For more information
on The LaSalle Chicago Marathon visit www.chicagomarathon.com or call
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