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    CONTACT: Shawn M. Platt

    (312) 904-7240

    The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon increases prize pool to $550,000
    Former Olympian Rod Dehaven returns to Chicago

    (CHICAGO) May 1, 2003 ? The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon has increased
    its prize purse for the 2003 race to $550,000, while continuing with the
    highest first place payout of $100,000 to both the top male and female
    winner. The event continues to grown both in participation and stature and
    the purse increase is designed to keep the Chicago event as a leader among
    the major marathons.

    In 2003, the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon will have the highest guaranteed
    prize purse compared to all major marathons, including London, Boston, and
    New York. The total 2002 prize money payout, including guaranteed money
    and time bonuses, was $1,154,000 - the largest single payout ever for a

    "The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon attracts an outstanding mix of
    world-class athletes and young developing American athletes because of our
    fast course, competitive field, and a prize structure that handsomely
    rewards the athletes," said Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski. "The
    prize structure we've laid out is extremely attractive and has built in
    time bonuses for what the Chicago race has become known for, epic
    performances and historic times."

    Included in the increase is $27,000 earmarked to reward top American
    finishers. The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon has seen quality performances
    and record-breaking times by top Americans.

    "Chicago has become a great proving ground for American runners," added
    Pinkowski. "Several American runners have performed exceptionally well in
    Chicago, including great feats by Christy Johnston, Jerry Lawson, David
    Morris, Alan Culpepper, Deanna Drossin and of course Khalid Khannouchi."

    Another top American that has performed well in Chicago is former Olympian
    Rod DeHaven. The former Olympian who set his personal best marathon time
    in Chicago with a 2:11:40 performance in the 2001 race, will be back for
    the 2003 race. DeHaven, 36, of Madison, Wis. sees the 2003 LaSalle Bank
    Chicago Marathon as a tune up for the Olympic Trials, which take place in
    Birmingham, Ala. in February.

    "I'm excited to be coming back to the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon as I
    hope to use my performance there as a springboard to the U.S. Olympic
    Trials," said DeHaven. "I'll be eyeing a sub 2:12 time to obtain my
    Olympic "A" Qualifying Standard. Chicago has been terrific for me in the
    past and I'm looking forward to competing against some of the best
    marathoners in the world in preparation for my bid to be in the 2004

    DeHaven started running track in the fourth grade and then went on to
    become a 16-time Division II All-American while attending South Dakota
    State University and eventually an Olympian. He won the 2000 U.S. Olympic
    Men's Marathon Trials (2:15:30), and because of qualifying standards, was
    the only American representative at the Sydney Olympic Marathon. In 2000
    DeHaven took eighth place (28:48.9) at the U.S. Olympic Trials 10,000m and
    for the third time in his career, he captured the national title at the
    U.S. Half-Marathon Championships (01:03:06).

    Also, during 2000, Track & Field News named DeHaven the number two marathon
    runner and number seventh 10,000m runner and Running Times named him the
    number one road racer in the country. 2001 was a good year for DeHaven,
    starting out with a fifth place finish (44:38) at the U.S. 15K
    Championships and then taking sixth at the Boston Marathon in 2:12:41.
    Ending the year DeHaven placed sixth with a personal best time of 2:11:40
    at the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon. He holds the top two marathon
    performances by an American for 2001.

    A two-time USA Road Racing Circuit Champion, Runner's World named him the
    number one American Road Racer in 1998 and 1999. DeHaven was the number one
    ranked American marathon runner for 2001 by Track and Field News. DeHaven
    works part time as a computer programmer and spends his free time with his
    wife, Shelli, and their three children.

    The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon takes place Sunday, October 12, 2003.

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