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2004 BIG SUR INTERNATIONAL MARATHON ANNOUNCES ELITE FIELD

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2004 BIG SUR INTERNATIONAL MARATHON ANNOUNCES ELITE FIELD

 

April 14, 2004, Carmel, CA - An outstanding elite field is scheduled to challenge the Big Sur International Marathon course on Sunday, April 25, 2004.  The field for the 19th Presentation includes the two-time defending champions in both the men's and women's field.  In addition, three other past champions are scheduled to compete. 

 

As 1987 fades further from memory, the second running of the Big Sur International Marathon is still the fastest ever run.  Brad Hawthorne, 31 years old at the time, completed the course in 2:16:39, a record never seriously challenged in the 16 presentations since 1987.    

 

Heading the Elite list are two-time defending champions, Jonathon Ndambuki, who has run the second and fourth fastest Big Sur Marathons in history, and JulieAnne White. For men, Chokri Dhaouadi of Tunisia who took second last year, will now compete in his second Big Sur Marathon. Wilson Gaitha, originally from Kenya, who took fourth in last year's inaugural Big Sur Half Marathon, is also set to challenge Jonathon and a new course record could be the result.

           

The women's field this year features several past champions.  Two-time defending champion, JulieAnne White, originally from Canada, is joined by Kim Marie Goff, a four time Big Sur champion from New Hampshire (1991, 1994, 1995, and 1997) and a breast cancer survivor. Although she has never won our race, Christine Kennedy, from California, posted the fourth fastest Big Sur in history in 2:46:30 when she finished second in 1993. Suzi Morris, also from California and the 1999 Big Sur winner, will also challenge JuliAnne. Finally, Kari DiStefano who finished third in 2000, and second in both 2001 and 2003, will try to move up one more spot in this year's race. 

 

The 19th annual presentation of the Big Sur International Marathon is set for Sunday, April 25 at 7:00 A.M. All proceeds from the event will be distributed to non-profit organizations throughout Monterey County and Big Sur. Over the past 18 years, more than $1 million has been distributed to local charities. For more information, call the Big Sur International Marathon office at (831) 625-6226 or www.bsim.org.

 

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Elite Field as of 12 April 2004

 

Men

 

Jonathan Ndambuki

            - Originally from Kenya

            - Two time defending champion

            - Holder of the second and fourth fastest times ever

 

Chokri Dhaouadi

            - Originally from Tunisia

            - Second last year in his first Big Sur

 

Wilson Gatiha

            - Originally from Kenya

            - Fourth in last year's inaugural Big Sur Half Marathon

 

Women

 

JulieAnne White

            - Originally from Canada

            - Two time defending champion

 

Kim Marie Goff

            - From New Hampshire

            - Four time Big Sur champion (91, 94, 95, and 97)

            - Breast cancer survivor

 

Christine Kennedy

            - From California

            - Holder of the fourth fastest Big Sur in history when she finished 2nd in 1993

 

Suzi Morris

            - From California

            - 1999 Big Sur winner

 

Kari DiStefano

            - From Colorado

            - Third once and second twice

ELITES