With still three weeks to go before the race, the elite field for the fifth annual Deseret News-KSL 10,000-meter road race is beginning to take shape.

A handful of national-class runners - all regulars on the American road racing circuit - have indicated they will compete for more than $28,000 in prizes and cash in the July 25 race.So far the field looks like this:

- Maureen Custy-Roben, a seventh-place finisher in the U.S. Olympic marathon trials and the fastest U.S. female marathoner last year. During the last two years she has won the Holiday Bowl-San Diego and New Jersey Waterfront marathons. She has strong Utah ties - her coach is Orem's Paul Cummings and her agent is Sandy's Bob Wood.

- Paul Cummings, the defending Deseret News-KSL champion and Olympic 10,000-meter runner.

- Paul Pilkington, the 1984 Deseret News-KSL champion from Ogden who finished 19th in the U.S. Olympic marathon trials.

- Chad Bennion, the former Murray High runner who recently completed a fine collegiate career at Oregon (e placed third in the Pac-10 cross country meet and qualified for nationals in the 10,000).

- Danny Grimes, a member of the 1987 U.S. World Championships marathon team.

A number of other runners have indicated they probably will compete in the race, depending on how well they have recovered from injuries or from the Olympic trials, etc. They include:

- Julie Isphording, a 1984 U.S. Olympic marathoner.

- Kellie Cathey, the defending champion and former American record holder for 10,000 meters.

- Dirk Lakeman, the 1987 TAC road 10K champ.

- Geir Kvernmo, winner of the Houston Marathon last January and the Norwegian marathon record holder with a time of 2:10:17.

- Gail Kingma, the 1986 DesNews-KSL champ.

- Frank Plasso, a 2:12:33 marathoner from Las Vegas.

- Sue Marciano, a 10th-place finisher in the Olympic marathon trials and a 2:34:26 marathoner.

No doubt the Olympic trials, set for mid-July, will cost the Deseret News-KSL race at least a couple of name runners, among them Olympian Ed Eyestone, the 1986 champion. Many aspiring Olympians have cut back their schedules this season.

Still, the race, set to begin at 6:15 a.m. from Research Park, promises to be a good one. The winners of the men's and women's race will receive a 1988 Hyundai four-door Excel from Larry H. Miller Hyundai. Second place will be worth $1,000, third $600, fourth $500, fifth $350, sixth $200 and seventh $100. The top male and female finisher in the wheelchair division will receiver $250.

As usual, the 10K race will be held in conjunction with the traditional marathon, now in its 19th year. The marathon will start at Washington Park in Parleys Canyon at 5:15 a.m. and finish in Liberty Park. The top male and female finishers will receiver a trip for two to Hawaii from Murdock Travel.

Last year Demetrio Cabanillas won his ninth Deseret News Marathon title, which is believed to be a record for a single marathon. The women's winner was Valerie Stephens.

Registration is under way for both the marathon and the 10K, which last year drew a combined total of more than 2,600 runners.