FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rich Hanna
Capital Road Race Management
Tel. (916) 492-8966
SACRAMENTO RACE FIRM ACQUIRES SACRAMENTO MARATHON
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Capital Road Race Management, the Sacramento region's
premier race management and timing organization, has purchased the
Sacramento Marathon, company owner Rich Hanna has announced.
With his acquisition of the event, Hanna has also changed the event's name
to the Sacramento Cowtown Marathon and revised its traditional double
The 29th annual event, among Sacramento's oldest continuously held running
races, will be held Oct. 2, 2005 at William Land Park in Sacramento. It
will feature a marathon, half-marathon, four-person marathon relay and
The race will be presented by Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and it
will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
In addition to a new name and course, Hanna has also introduced a new race
new logo, featuring running cows.
"We just decided to call it the Sacramento Cowtown Marathon," Hanna said.
"They had been using tomatoes, running tomatoes, in the logo for the past
two or three years. I don't know about you, but I've never seen a running
"We were thinking, well, what else is Sacramento known for or known as and
the cowtown idea came along. We thought we could get a lot of mileage out
of cows. A lot of people like cows and there's a lot of things you can do
with the theme."
The 2005 Sacramento Cowtown Marathon will be dedicated to the memory of
Paul Smith, the event's previous co-owner who died in May of colon cancer.
Hanna's purchase of the event expands the Sacramento runner's race
management responsibilities. It also provides two unique components to the
former two-time national 100-kilometer champion's nearly lifelong running
At age 13, Hanna completed his first marathon at the Sacramento Marathon.
And in 1998, he co-authored The Ultimate Guide To Marathons, a
well-received book that critiques and ranks marathons around the country.
"The race has sentimental value to me," said Hanna, 41. "I was there from
the very first one as a 13-year-old. And so here 29 years later, I get the
satisfaction to actually manage the event."
Hanna is now not only the owner of the first marathon he ran, he's
directing an event in which his race-directing skills will be critiqued.
In addition to directing his first marathon, Hanna manages Run To Feed The
Hungry, the popular Thanksgiving Day event in East Sacramento. His company
owns three races, manages five other events and provides timing services
for more than 30 races annually. Hanna is also the co-coach of the
Sacramento chapter of Team in Training, the running and fundraising
training group that benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
For registration and other race information, visit the Sacramento Cowtown
Marathon website, www.sacramentocowtownmarathon.com, or contact Rich
Hanna, Tel. (916) 492-8966, e-mail: ,