A record number of entrants will run in Monday's Deseret News/KSL Radio 10K.
According to race director Keith West, 2,230 signed up for the fourth annual run. That beats last year's record of 2,180.The 10K begins at 6:15 a.m. at Research Park and finishes at Liberty Park. The marathon, which was the only Deseret News-sponsored race held from 1970 through 1983, begins at 5:15 a.m. at Washington Park and also finishes at Liberty Park. West reports 405 signed up for the marathon, as compared to 484 last year.
Injuries have knocked some previous winners out of Monday's competition - like last year's 10K winner Paul Cummings, last year's marathon winner Valerie Stephens and the marathon winner of two years ago, Alvaro Palacios.
As such, the fields for both the 10K and marathon may be the most competitive yet.
The only mystery surrounding Monday's race appears to be the status of Olympian Ed Eyestone. Will he run in the 10K? The indications are he may not decide until late this evening. As of late last week, he hadn't decided. Should Eyestone decide to run, he would be the favorite. He holds the course record of 27:39.5 - over 30 seconds faster than last year's winning time by Cummings.
There is another intriguing development in the 10K this year - the entry of Demetrio Cabanillas. Cabanillas has owned the marathon, winning it nine times, a world record for wins in the same marathon. But he says he's in shape to challenge for the 10K crown and the lucrative prizes that go with it. The men's and women's winners of the 10K 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. The marathon winners receive an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii.
The question surrounding the women's 10K is: Can defending champion Kellie Cathey come back with just two days rest after a grueling 10,000 meter run in Friday night's Olympic Trials.? She finished 11th at the Trials in a time of 32:58.60.
And, regarding the men's marathon, what kind of shape is Creighton King in? King was the marathon winner in 1983 in a time of 2 hours, 21 minutes, 9 seconds. If he approaches that this year, it would seem he would have a good chance of winning.
The races will be broadcast by KSL Radio (AM-1160).