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Hopes this year's Big Sur will be 100th Marathon

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                       April 15, 2002

 CONTACT:                           Philo Short                                            Franca Gargiulo
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Local Marathon Man on a Mission

Hopes this year's Big Sur will be 100th Marathon

Monterey's Philo Short is a man on a mission. Having already run a whopping 96 marathons, Short is planning on finishing another four this Spring, capping off his 100th 26.2-mile journey with the 2002 Big Sur International Marathon. An impressive feat for a man who only started running about 12 years ago-but then again, Philo Short is no ordinary man.

 After volunteering in the massage tent during the first few Big Sur International Marathons in the late 1980's, Short was bitten by the Marathon Bug. He ran his first marathon-Big Sur-in 1990. Since then, the 63-year-old now-retired physical therapist has run marathons all over the nation, including seven Boston Marathons, nine Big Surs (including three, six days apart from Boston), and a host of others including San Francisco, Napa, Portland, and Las Vegas. Short's training regimen is not as grueling as some might think. He runs only three days a week, logging approximately 40 miles total. In his words, he "way under does it."

 "I don't recommend others try what I'm attempting to do. I have trained enough so that my body allows me to do what I do," said Philo Short.

 In order to accomplish this latest milestone Short's 'spring training' schedule includes the L.A. Marathon on March 3, the Valley of the Sun Marathon in Mesa, AZ one week later on March 10th, the Boston Marathon on April 15th, and finally, the Big Sur International Marathon on April 28. (Incidentally, the 2002 race will mark Short's 10th Big Sur International Marathon as well.)

 Short says running has given him a more positive outlook on life, and believes that if someone can complete a marathon, they can do anything. He challenges others to lace up a pair of running shoes and hit the road.

 "Running is one activity a lot more people could be doing to become more physically fit," he says. "It's practically free-all you really need is a good pair of shoes."

 *Look for Philo Short to finish the 2002 Big Sur International Marathon in about four hours. He will be proudly sporting Bib #100 to commemorate his 100th Marathon.

 The Big Sur International Marathon, once again voted the Best Marathon in North America by the Ultimate Guide to Marathons, is held the last Sunday in April. Set along one of the most breath-taking courses in the world, this spectacular road race also gets high marks for its degree of difficulty. Over 4,000 athletes begin this race on Highway One in Big Sur and finish in Carmel. Along the way, runners wind their way through majestic redwoods and Pacific Ocean views. Classical music greets marathoners around each turn, providing inspiration that has been likened to a spiritual experience. This year's race will be held on Sunday, April 28.

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