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Press Releases – 2010

November 9, 2010
WANJIRU, SHOBUKHOVA CROWNED CHAMPIONS OF 2009-2010 WORLD MARATHON MAJORS SERIES

SammyWanjiru of Kenya and Liliya Shobukhova of Russia have been crowned champions of the 2009-2010 World Marathon Majors series, and both were presented $500,000 USD for their respective accomplishments at an awards banquet today in New York City. Wanjiru accumulated 75 points over the two-year series with a win at the 2009 Virgin London Marathon and back-to-back victories at the 2009 and 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathons. Wanjiru also won the 2008-2009 WMM series. Shobukhova tallied 85 points over the past two years with a pair of victories at the 2009 and 2010 Chicago Marathons, a victory at the 2010 London Marathon and a third-place finish at the same event in 2009.
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October 10, 2010
WANJIRU AND SHOBUKHOVA DEFEND BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON TITLES
The 33rd running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon today witnessed a record 38,132 participants start the race and 36,159 runners cross the finish line, two defending champions, and a course record in the men’s wheelchair competition.
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October 8, 2010
VOLKSWAGEN CELEBRATES 15 YEARS AS CHICAGO MARATHON SPONSOR
Volkswagen of America announced today its 15th consecutive year as the official automotive sponsorship of the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. As part of the sponsorship, Volkswagen has created the ultimate Volkswagen FanZone to help fans and runners celebrate. Marathon weekend also will serve as the Chicago debut of the all-new 2011 Jetta, including The Great Jetta Giveaway, where consumers can enter for a chance to win a two-year lease on the all-new Jetta.
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October 7, 2010
BANK OF AMERICA EXPANDS ITS SUPPORT OF LOCAL AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMMING WITH $500,000 CONTRIBUTION IN CONJUNCTION WITH BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON

Continuing the charitable heritage of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Bank of America today announced a $500,000 contribution to the Chicago Youth Fitness Initiative (CYFI) in honor of Mayor Richard M. Daley and Maggie Daley who have been longtime supporters of the marathon and youthoriented programming. Bank of America Chief Executive Officer Brian T. Moynihan presented Mayor Daley with the bank’s latest donation to after-school programming in Chicago at a press conference today kicking off the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, which takes place this Sunday on the auspicious date of October 10, 2010 (10-10-10).
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October 6, 2010
MEDIA ALERT: RACE WEEK KICKS OFF WITH PRESS CONFERENCE HONORING MAYOR DALEY FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THE BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON
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October 5, 2010
MEDIA ALERT: BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON RACE WEEK ITINERARY, MEDIA INFORMATION
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September 30, 2010
2010 BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON FEATURES STRONGEST ELITE FIELD IN EVENT HISTORY
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon today announced its complete 2010 men’s and women’s elite field. The additions of Ethiopians Deriba Merga and Feyisa Lilesa to the men’s competition significantly strengthen what was already shaping up to be the top field in the event’s 33-year history. Merga, the 2009 Boston Marathon champion, and Lelisa, who has a personal best 2:05:23, will join forces with defending Bank of America Chicago Marathon champion Sammy Wanjiru of Kenya, London Marathon champion Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia and Boston Marathon champion Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot of Kenya.
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September 29, 2010
RYAN HALL ISSUES STATEMENT ABOUT WITHDRAWAL FROM THE BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON

U.S. Olympian Ryan Hall has withdrawn from the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon citing fatigue. Hall finished 14th at the Philadelphia Half Marathon on September 19, nearly four minutes outside of his American record. After a series of subpar workouts, Hall made the difficult decision to formally withdraw from the competition. In April, Hall had targeted the Bank of America Chicago Marathon as his best opportunity to challenge the American record of 2:05:38.
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September 28, 2010
RUNNING LEGENDS JOAN BENOIT SAMUELSON AND STEVE JONES CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF HISTORIC VICTORIES WITH RETURN TO CHICAGO
The 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced today that running legends Joan Benoit Samuelson and Steve Jones will compete in Chicago to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their historic victories. The 1985 Chicago Marathon still ranks among the most memorable in the event’s 33-year history. Both athletes nearly set world records on the same day, and registered performances that put the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on the fast track to becoming one of the premier running events in the world.
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September 1, 2010
WORLD MARATHON MAJORS LEADER LILIYA SHOBUKHOVA READY TO DEFEND TITLE AT 2010 BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON

The 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon today announced the addition of several elite women to its star-studded field currently headlined by defending champion Liliya Shobukhova of Russia and 2009 runner-up Irina Mikitenko of Germany. Like the men’s race, the 2009-2010 World Marathon Majors (WMM) series will likely be decided in Chicago with the highly anticipated rematch between top-ranked Shobukhova (60 points) and the defending WMM series champion Mikitenko, currently ranked second (40 points).
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August 24, 2010
CHAMPIONS SAMMY WANJIRU, ROBERT KIPRONO CHERUIYOT AND TSEGAYE KEBEDE ADDED TO 2010 BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon today announced that three of the world’s top marathon champions will compete head to head in the most competitive field ever assembled in the 33-year history of the race. Defending Bank of America Chicago Marathon champion Sammy Wanjiru of Kenya, 2010 Virgin London Marathon champion Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia, and 2010 Boston Marathon champion Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot of Kenya will put their winning records on the line in Chicago on Sunday, October 10.
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August 18, 2010
BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON TO HELP SET OPPORTUNITY IN MOTION FOR CHICAGO; “10-10-10: THE DATE TO MOTIVATE” CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES TODAY

Bank of America today launched a new integrated marketing campaign for the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and released results of the latest economic impact report, which found that the event generates nearly $150 million for the local economy. Additionally, more than $10 million is expected to be raised in connection with the 2010 event, benefitting more than 150 nonprofit organizations, the largest charity field in race history.
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August 2, 2010
ACCEL GEL NAMED “ON-COURSE GEL” OF THE 2010 BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon, one of the five World Marathon Majors, and Pacific Health Laboratories, Inc., a leading sports nutrition company and manufacturer of the patented 4:1 carbohydrate and protein formula in Accelerade, Endurox R4, and Accel Gel, today announced that Accel Gel has been named On-Course Gel of the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
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June 23, 2010
TOP U.S. WOMEN SET TO BATTLE AT THE 2010 BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon today announced a preliminary roster of elite athletes that includes several of the United States’ top female marathon performers. Headlining the U.S. contingent are Olympians Magdalena Lewy-Boulet (Oakland, CA) and Colleen De Reuck (Boulder, CO). Challenging them for top American honors will be IAAF World Championship team members Desiree Davila (Rochester Hills, MI) and Tera Moody (Colorado Springs, CO), along with Melissa White (Rochester Hills, MI).
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April 6, 2010
U.S. OLYMPIC MARATHONER RYAN HALL JOINS 2010 BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON FIELD IN AN ATTEMPT TO LOWER THE MEN’S AMERICAN RECORD
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon today announced U.S. Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall, 27, will compete in the October 10, 2010 race in an attempt to lower the 2:05:38 American record set by Khalid Khannouchi in 2002. The Mammoth Lakes, Calif., resident and recognized philanthropist will lead a team of 100 runners representing his non-profit organization, The Hall Steps Foundation.
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March 23, 2010
2010 BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON REGISTRATION CLOSES AS RACE REACHES 45,000-PARTICIPANT CAPACITY IN RECORD TIME
Open registration for the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon officially closed today as 45,000 participants have signed up in record time to complete the 26.2-mile race. The capacity was met in 51 days, closing a full month ahead of 2009′s record pace. A limited number of entries remain available through affiliated charities and tour groups for the October 10 race.
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March 18, 2010
BANK OF AMERICA LAUNCHES LOCAL YOUTH FITNESS INITIATIVE THROUGH TWO PREMIER RUNNING EVENTS
Bank of America today announced it will match funds generated through its world-renowned Chicago-based running events  Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle and Bank of America Chicago Marathon  to launch a local youth fitness initiative in its continued support of after-school programs. In an event held today at Navy Pier, David Sontag, regional managing director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Management, announced a total donation of $324,000 will be split among four local organizations: ChicagoRun, Girls on the Run, MGR Foundation and Special Children’s Charities/Special Olympics Chicago.
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February 1, 2010
BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON REGISTRATION OPENS TODAY
Online registration for the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon opened to the public today at chicagomarathon.com. The 33rd edition of the 26.2-mile race will be held on October 10 10/10/10 beginning and ending in Chicago’s historic Grant Park. Registration is open to the first 45,000 registered participants.
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