World Express Athletic Mgmt. distance runner Mario Macias will compete in the 29th annual Jefferson Hospital Philadelphia Distance Run. This event welcomes its largest field in race history with 13,000 runners and walkers on Sun., Sept. 17. On race day, approximately 20 bands will play on 11 stages at points along the course and including the finish line festival at Eakins Oval. Bands playing jazz, reggae, alternative rock, classic rock, and country will create a block party atmosphere for runners and walkers, as well as cheering fans.
This year, athletes from nine countries, masters runners and top Philadelphia area runners will compete for a prize purse set at more than $70,000. Prizes are awarded to the top 10 elite men and women. Course record bonuses, masters and first male and female Philadelphia resident prizes are included. To learn more about the half marathon and the prize purse, visit www.runphilly.com
US sprinter Jordan Vaden has been announced as being a member of Team USA’s 4×100m relay pool for the World Cup competition held in Athens Greece. 2006 USA 200m Champion Rachelle Smith has cancelled her participation in the World Cup due to a slight hamstring injury.
Elite Athlete Field (as of Sept. 12, 2006 ? Subject to Change)