National Record Holders and Olympic Hopefuls Deepen International Elite Field for 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

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CHICAGO-The Bank of America Chicago Marathon today announced a diverse 

group of international athletes-including several national record 

holders-who will match strides against Russia's Liliya Shobukhova, 

America's Ryan Hall, and Kenya's Moses Mosop on the flat and fast streets 

of Chicago on October 9. With the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games less 

than a year away, the 34th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon 

continues to shape up as a pivotal world-class competition for athletes 

vying for Olympic team berths. This includes an exclusive opportunity for 

American wheelchair racers to compete for four (top two men and women) 

automatic qualifying spots for the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team.

TeamChallenge Offers Inspiration, Training for Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS - (August 24, 2011) - It's the hottest party in Sin City…and it's for a good cause. The third Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon to Benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is gearing up to take over the Las Vegas Strip at night on Sunday, December 4, 2011.

World Marathon Majors Points also at Stake at 2011 World Championships

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WMM contenders Gebremariam, Kiplagat lead respective fields in Daegu, Korea - As the top track and field athletes from around the world arrive in Daegu, Korea for the IAAF World Championships, marathon runners will compete for World Marathon Majors points in addition to gold, silver and bronze medals. The women's and men's marathons, scheduled for Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, September 4, respectively, will factor heavily into the current 2010-11 series standings with a number of WMM point-scorers representing their national teams.

Liliya Shobukhova Aiming for First-Ever Three-Peat at 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

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CHICAGO – The Bank of America Chicago Marathon today announced that two-time defending champion Liliya Shobukhova will return to compete for her third straight victory, a feat that has never before been accomplished at Chicago’s fall classic. The Russian Olympian and national record-holder has dominated the flat and fast streets of Chicago for the past two years, crushing the competition with a devastating kick in 2009, and using patient, measured tactics to outlast her competition in 2010. A victory at the 34th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 9 would put Shobukhova in a class by herself as owner of three consecutive titles.