The king of the Deseret News Marathon hopes to become king of the Deseret News-KSL Radio 10K.
Demetrio Cabanillas, who has owned the Deseret News Marathon, winning it last year for the ninth time to break a world record for the most wins in the same marathon, has registered to run the 10K in the July 25 race.There are two reasons, he said, for making the change. The prizes for the 10K are much more attractive than the prizes for the marathon and it's a lot easier to bounce back from a 10K and run races in succeeding weeks.
Cabanillas feels he has a good chance of winning. The field appears to be wide-open, but that may change if Olympian Ed Eyestone decides to enter. Eyestone has made the U.S. Olympic Team in the marathon and qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 10,000 meters. He decided to bypass the 10,000 to concentrate on the marathon.
He hasn't decided whether he's going to run in the Deseret News 10K, where he streaked to a record-smashing time of 27:39.52 in 1986. Last year Paul Cummings won in 28:13. Cummings, who has been beset by various problems this year, is not running because of chronic pain in his calf muscles.
"I would love to race against Eyestone," Cabanillas said. "I ran a 28:50 10K July 4 in Magna . . . I was the race director and didn't get any sleep the night before . . . (at the Deseret News 10K) I don't have to worry about anything else, just running."
Because he's not running the marathon, he's been doing more speed work in his training and is in better shape to run a faster race this year, he said. "I'm excited. I don't know how fast I can really go. I've got the speed and the strength," he said.
The Deseret News-KSL Radio 10K is known for its fast course and runners usually have considerably faster times in it than other 10K races, Cabanillas said.
Another Deseret News Marathon veteran, Norberto Segura, has also decided to run the 10K this year.
If Eyestone doesn't enter, the men's favorite may be Geir Kvernmo, a former NCAA cross country ski champion. Kvernmo is Norway's national record holder in the marathon (2:10:17) and will represent his country in that event at the Olympics.
Other top 10K entries include Don Janicki, who finished second last year, and local runners Paul Pilkington and Chad Bennion.
The winners for men and women will receive a 1988 Hyundai Excel automobile from Larry H. Miller. Second place is worth $1,000, third $600, fourth $500, fifth $350, sixth $200 and seventh $100.