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The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon increases prize pool to $550,000
Former Olympian Rod Dehaven returns to Chicago
(CHICAGO) May 1, 2003 ? The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon has increased
its prize purse for the 2003 race to $550,000, while continuing with the
highest first place payout of $100,000 to both the top male and female
winner. The event continues to grown both in participation and stature and
the purse increase is designed to keep the Chicago event as a leader among
the major marathons.
In 2003, the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon will have the highest guaranteed
prize purse compared to all major marathons, including London, Boston, and
New York. The total 2002 prize money payout, including guaranteed money
and time bonuses, was $1,154,000 - the largest single payout ever for a
"The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon attracts an outstanding mix of
world-class athletes and young developing American athletes because of our
fast course, competitive field, and a prize structure that handsomely
rewards the athletes," said Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski. "The
prize structure we've laid out is extremely attractive and has built in
time bonuses for what the Chicago race has become known for, epic
performances and historic times."
Included in the increase is $27,000 earmarked to reward top American
finishers. The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon has seen quality performances
and record-breaking times by top Americans.
"Chicago has become a great proving ground for American runners," added
Pinkowski. "Several American runners have performed exceptionally well in
Chicago, including great feats by Christy Johnston, Jerry Lawson, David
Morris, Alan Culpepper, Deanna Drossin and of course Khalid Khannouchi."
Another top American that has performed well in Chicago is former Olympian
Rod DeHaven. The former Olympian who set his personal best marathon time
in Chicago with a 2:11:40 performance in the 2001 race, will be back for
the 2003 race. DeHaven, 36, of Madison, Wis. sees the 2003 LaSalle Bank
Chicago Marathon as a tune up for the Olympic Trials, which take place in
Birmingham, Ala. in February.
"I'm excited to be coming back to the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon as I
hope to use my performance there as a springboard to the U.S. Olympic
Trials," said DeHaven. "I'll be eyeing a sub 2:12 time to obtain my
Olympic "A" Qualifying Standard. Chicago has been terrific for me in the
past and I'm looking forward to competing against some of the best
marathoners in the world in preparation for my bid to be in the 2004
DeHaven started running track in the fourth grade and then went on to
become a 16-time Division II All-American while attending South Dakota
State University and eventually an Olympian. He won the 2000 U.S. Olympic
Men's Marathon Trials (2:15:30), and because of qualifying standards, was
the only American representative at the Sydney Olympic Marathon. In 2000
DeHaven took eighth place (28:48.9) at the U.S. Olympic Trials 10,000m and
for the third time in his career, he captured the national title at the
U.S. Half-Marathon Championships (01:03:06).
Also, during 2000, Track & Field News named DeHaven the number two marathon
runner and number seventh 10,000m runner and Running Times named him the
number one road racer in the country. 2001 was a good year for DeHaven,
starting out with a fifth place finish (44:38) at the U.S. 15K
Championships and then taking sixth at the Boston Marathon in 2:12:41.
Ending the year DeHaven placed sixth with a personal best time of 2:11:40
at the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon. He holds the top two marathon
performances by an American for 2001.
A two-time USA Road Racing Circuit Champion, Runner's World named him the
number one American Road Racer in 1998 and 1999. DeHaven was the number one
ranked American marathon runner for 2001 by Track and Field News. DeHaven
works part time as a computer programmer and spends his free time with his
wife, Shelli, and their three children.
The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon takes place Sunday, October 12, 2003.
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