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The San Francisco Marathon: Elites Wanted
July 1, 2006
From press release

The San Francisco Marathon (and accompanying two half marathons), on Sunday, July 30, 2006, invites elite and emerging elite athletes to inquire about participation in the event. Although there is no prize money purse this year (there is no sponsor to support a prize purse), the race will distribute complimentary entries based on demonstrated past performance. In addition, limited air travel assistance and hotel accommodations are offered. Invited elite athletes receive a seeded starting line position. For complete event information, please visit: www.runsfm.com.

CONSIDERATION FOR INVITED ATHLETE STATUS

Comp. Entry, Travel, and Accommodations: Sub-2:30 men/Sub-2:50 women or equivalent within the past two years is suggested for consideration.

Comp. Entry and/or Accommodations Only: Sub-2:40 men/Sub-3:00 women or equivalent within the past two years is suggested for consideration.

Slower times may be considered on a space-available basis.

To apply, see below for details.

2005 WINNING TIMES

Marathon
1st Overall: Tony Torres (2:31:57) and Sarah Halles (2:56:55)
1st Masters: Vitas Ezerskis (2:42:56) and Jane Bloom (3:14:01)

First Half Marathon
1st Overall: Michael Western (1:17:48) and Eileen White (1:29:12)

Second Half Marathon
1st Overall: Sean Nixon (1:15:20) and Lisa Daane (1:21:46)

ELITE/INVITED ATHLETE APPLICATION/INSTRUCTIONS

Elite status is limited. Please apply as soon as possible, and no later than July 1, 2006.

Please do the following:

As soon as possible, please e-mail a complete running vita/resume AND cover letter containing the following to the Elite Athlete Coordinator below:

(a) Name, age, citizenship, current residence
(b) Sponsor/club
(c) All-time PRs
(d) Best races in last two years (race name, date, finishing place and time)
(e) Best races all time (with above details)

Important!

Marathon Runners:
Include a list of three to five marathon race finishing times. If you have not completed three marathons, send the times for those you have run plus your best times for races at other distances as described above.

Half Marathon Runners:
Include a list of three to five half marathon or marathon race finishing times. If you have not run three races at these distances, send the times for those you have run plus your best times for races at other distances as described above.

(f) Include your e-mail address so we can respond to your application.

Please e-mail ALL information to: Mark Winitz, Elite Athlete Coordinator, at winitz@earthlink.net. If you do not have access to e-mail, send the information to Mark Winitz at P.O. Box 1621, Los Altos, CA 94023-1621.

About The San Francisco Marathon(tm)
Since its first running in 1977, The San Francisco Marathon(tm) has enjoyed success as the premier summertime marathon in the U.S. San Francisco's blend of natural beauty, big city charm, and perfect mid-summer running temperatures, make marathon running in San Francisco a truly magical experience. The San Francisco Marathon's unique Cause to Run program allows race participants to conveniently contribute to any of the event's beneficiaries. Since Cause to Run was started by the marathon in 2003, the program has raised over $250,000 for over 50 charity organizations.


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