Papa John's 10 Miler, USA Men's Championship, attracts top field
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
USA Track & Field
Chris Graff, Dan Browne, Matt Thull, Trent Briney and Others to Compete
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - (April 5, 2004) - The 2004 Papa John's 10 Miler, host of the USA Men's Championship, has an impressive field of elite athletes committed to compete in the race on Saturday, April 10 in Louisville, Kentucky. To-date, at least 23 of the Top 100 ranked U.S. Men have committed to compete in the national championship, including:
#3 Chris Graff, Winner 2003 Papa John's 10 Miler/USA champion, 3rd 2004 USA Men's 15K Championship #4 Dan Browne, 3rd Qualifier, 2004 U.S. Olympic Marathon Team #9 Matt Thull, 3rd 2003 Papa John's 10 Miler/USA Men's Championship #10 Trent Briney, 4th 2004 U.S. Men's Olympic Trials Marathon, Hansons-Brooks Olympic Development Program #11 Josh Cox, 7th 2004 2004 U.S. Men's Olympic Trials Marathon #12 Clint Verran, 5th 2004 U.S. Men's Olympic Trials Marathon, Hansons-Brooks Olympic Development Program #17 Teren Jameson, 4th 2003 USA Half-Marathon Championship #18 Henry Dennis, 2003 USA 5K champion, 9th 2003 Papa John's 10 Miler/USA Men's Championship #20 Pete Gilmore, 9th 2004 2004 U.S. Men's Olympic Trials Marathon #22 Keith Dowling, 6th 2003 Papa John's 10 Miler/USA Men's Championship, 11th 2004 U.S. Men's Olympic Trials Marathon #25 Brian Sell, 2003 USA 20K Championship runner-up, Hansons-Brooks Olympic Development Program #26 Scott Strand, 2nd 2003 Papa John's 10 Miler/USA Men's Championship runner-up #35 Kevin Collins, 2003 USA Marathon Championships runner-up #40 Carl Rundell, Hanson's Olympic Development Program #43 Ryan Shay, 2003 USA Half-Marathon and Marathon champion, USA Running Circuit Grand Prix champion #50 Kevin Doyle, Hansons-Brooks Olympic Development Program #53 Teddy Mitchell #56 Chris England #61 Ben Rosario, Hansons-Brooks Olympic Development Program #84 Aaron Carrizales #92 James McGown #95 Paul Aufdemberge #98 Chris Lundstrom, 3rd 2001 USA Marathon Championships
2004 marks the second year the Papa John's 10 Miler was hosted the USA Championship event. In its support of U.S. distance running and the national championship, the 2004 Papa John's 10 Miler will offer more than $26,000 in prize money to the top 15 U.S. male athletes with the national champion receiving $10,000.
"We're very pleased to again have such an impressive field of elite athletes coming to Louisville for the Papa John's 10 Miler," said Karen Sherman, Race Director. "The runners, walkers and community in general are excited to host the athletes in Louisville. With last year's course and championship record set at 47:09 by Chris Graff, we're looking forward to seeing another great race all the way to the finish line."
Papa John's began sponsoring the now final leg of the Louisville Triple Crown of Running(sm) presented by Novo Nordisk in 2001. In the last three years the race has grown to be the nation's 5th largest ten mile competition (per Running USA's 2003 road race rankings). Race officials expect close to 5,500 runners for the 4th Annual Papa John's 10 Miler/USA Men's Championship.
The Papa John's 10 Miler/USA Men's Championship is part of the 2004 USA Running Circuit, a USA Track & Field road racing series featuring USA Championships from 5K to the marathon. The 2004 USARC offers a record of $818,700 in guaranteed prize money with a final $12,500 grand prix purse ($6000, $4000 and $2500) for the top three men and women point scorers overall.
At each USARC race, the first ten US runners earn points (15 points for first, 12 for second, 10 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1), and Circuit points will be doubled at the USA Marathon Championships.
Sponsors of the 2004 Papa John's 10 Miler/USA Men's Championship include adidas America, Fleet Feet Sports, Panera Bread, Wild Oats Natural Marketplace, Heine Brothers Coffee, Delta Air Lines - the Official Airline, Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport - the Official Hotel, Cox Radio, YMCA of Greater Louisville, Thrifty Car Rental and Sales, Waste Management, Jewish Hospital Health Network/Frazier Rehab Institute, Nextel, Zip Express, Louisville Water Company, Kentuckiana HealthFitness, WHAS-11 TV and 84 WHAS Radio. Net race proceeds benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children.
For more race information, go to: www.papajohns10miler.com