Olympians, 2002 BoulderBOULDER Team Champions reunited for 2005 race


Jim Estes
LDR Programs Manager
USA Track & Field
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BOULDER-The 2004 U.S. Olympic marathon team of Deena Kastor, Colleen De Reuck and Jen Rhines will be reunited in anticipation of repeating the success of their 2002 BolderBOULDER team championship. The 2005 International Team Challenge is scheduled as part of the 27th Celestial Seasonings BolderBOULDER on Memorial Day, May 30 in Boulder, Colorado.

In addition to the their Olympic teamwork, the trio were on the silver medal-winning U.S. 8 km team at the 2002 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. The U.S. women are set to race against top teams from Mexico (defending team champion), Romania, Japan and Russia.

Kastor, 32, of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., is a three-time women's BolderBOULDER champion (2001-2003). The 2004 Olympic Marathon bronze medalist recently ran a pending U.S. 8K record of 24:36 at the LaSalle Bank Shamrock Shuffle, as well as winning the USA Women's 8K title at the NYRR 8000. Kastor is an 18-time national champion (cross country, roads and track), a four-time U.S. 10,000m champion (2000-01; 2003-04) and owns the American record in the marathon (2:21:16).

De Reuck, 41, of Boulder, Colo., has raced BolderBOULDER twelve times with three second-place finishes ('96/'98/'02). She won her second consecutive USA 8K Cross Country Championship in February, and in 2004 won the U.S. Olympic Women's Marathon Trials and the USA 15K title. The three-time Olympian for South Africa and U.S. citizen since December 2000 earned the Bronze medal at the 2002 World XC Championships and is a three-time USARC Grand Prix champion (2002-04). De Reuck set the world record for 10 miles (51:16) in 1998.

Rhines, 30, of Ardmore, Penn., is making her second appearance at BolderBOULDER. In 2002, she was part of the first Team USA to win the BolderBOULDER team challenge as she finished fourth overall. The Olympic Trials marathon third-place finisher also is the 2002 USA 10,000-meter champion on the track. She recently won the 2005 USA 15K title in Jacksonville, Fla.

BolderBOULDER officials anticipate strong performances again as the best road runners in the world compete over a criterium course at the International Team Challenge.

"The USA will have its work cut out for it with the return of Ethiopia and Kenya, plus defending team champion Mexico. Romania, Japan and Russia all have the potential to upset the field and capture their first team titles," said BolderBOULDER Professional Athlete Coordinator Rich Castro.

The International Team Challenge, started in 1998, is the largest international road racing team competition held annually in the United States. International teams are made up of three runners per gender. The teams compete for the largest non-marathon prize purse in the world. Monies are awarded in the team and individual categories. Teams are scored cross-country style with points awarded on the basis of finishing place. The team with the lowest score for all three runners is the winner. Ties are broken by the position of the third-place finishers.

The Celestial Seasonings BolderBOULDER 10k is one of the largest road races in the world. The race attracts up to 50,000 runners, walkers, and wheelchair racers, and draws professional racing teams from all over the world to compete for the largest non-marathon prize purse in road racing. More than 100,000 spectators watch the festivities from inside Folsom stadium and along the course. Every year, the race makes donations to local charities that provide volunteers to help stage the race, beneficiaries have included the Boulder Humane Society, Attention Homes, Younglife, Boulder Optimists, local schools, and church youth groups. The BolderBOULDER is proud to be partnered with the following primary sponsors: Celestial Seasonings, Frontier Airlines and Millennium Hotel.