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Contact: Scott Schricker
SunTrust Richmond Marathon Growth Up 60%
Increase in Sports Backers Marathon Training Team participation aids jump
RICHMOND, VA –Entry numbers for the November 12 SunTrust Richmond Marathon
are soaring, up 60% over this time last year, it was announced today. The
2005 SunTrust Richmond Marathon boasts 1,340 registrants, an increase of
502 over the same time period in 2004, when the event went on to attract a
record 4,221 entrants (a 17% increase over 2003).
Fueling some of the growth has been an incr ease in the number of
registrants in the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team. The 25-week
program that provides a hands-on, group approach to prepare runners for the
SunTrust Richmond Marathon began on May 21. More than 670 participants are
currently enrolled in the program, over 130 more than last year. Online
registration for the program closes this Friday, June 3.
"We’re thrilled with this year’s growth of both the SunTrust Richmond
Marathon itself and the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team," said Tracey
Russell, the race's executive director. "The branding of the race as
'America's Friendliest Marathon' has really resonated with runners
around the country and locally the training team has developed an
outstanding reputation. It's great to see so many local first-time
marathoners eagerly preparing for this year's event."
The exceptional rate of growth is nothing new for the SunTrust Richmond
Marathon. Running USA's Road Running Information Center recently announced
that the marathons with the most consistent growth in the last 5 years are
Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Bank (up by 63% from 2000), SunTrust Richmond
(up 60%) and Philadelphia (up 47%).
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