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Women's World Marathon Majors Series Champions' Race Will Come Down to Last Race of the Season


For the second consecutive year, the World Marathon Majors Series women's champions race will come down to the final race of the season at the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 2, with three women still in contention for the $500,000 WMM champion's purse.


Reigning WMM Series champion Gete Wami of Ethiopia (65 points), Irina Mikitenko of Germany (65 pts) and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya (41 pts) are all in the hunt for the women's title. Both Wami and Ndereba will be fighting it out on the New York City streets while Mikitenko, who won the Berlin Marathon last month, will be watchingliterallyfrom the sidelines and hoping that things work out her way.


Martin Lel of Kenya (76 points) clinched the men's crown and $500,000 prize with victories at the 2007 and 2008 Flora London Marathon and last year's ING New York City Marathon. Only last year's WMM Series champion, Lel's compatriot Robert K. Cheruiyot (55 pts) had a chance of overtaking Lel, but a nagging leg injury forced him to sit out the fall season.


Lel and the women's champion will be honored at a special luncheon in New York City on Monday, November 3, the day after the ING New York City Marathon.


The 2007-08 women's WMM Series champion will be won by Wami, Ndereba or Mikitenko.


1) Wami holds her own destiny in her hands and can wrap up the championship for the second consecutive year, regardless of what Ndereba does, by finishing first or second in New York. Wami has already scored in the maximum four events so only by finishing first or second can she add to her point total. Wami finished second at New York last year in a tight duel with Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain, who is returning to defend her title.


2) Ndereba can only win the Series crown by placing first in the ING New York City Marathon, and then hoping that Wami does not finish in second place. If that happens, Ndereba would have 66 points and would beat Wami by a single point. A victory by Ndereba in NYC would be her first ING New York City Marathon title.


3) Mikitenko can only win if Wami does not finish in first or second place in the ING New York City Marathon and Ndereba also does not win the race. That would leave a tie between Mikitenko and Wami each with 65 points. The first tiebreaker is head-to-head and that is knotted at 1-1. Wami beat Mikitenko in Berlin 2007 and Mikitenko beat Wami in London 2008. The next and ultimate tiebreaker is a vote by the WMM race directors, whichif necessarywould be conducted immediately after the conclusion of the New York race.


Complete WMM Series leaderboards can be found at: .


Universal Sports to Offer Live Coverage of ING New York City Marathon


Universal Sports, in conjunction with NBC Sports, will present live webcast coverage of the 2008 ING New York City Marathon (coverage begins at 8:45am ET) on Sunday, November 2 at . The ING New York City Marathon webcast will be available worldwide and free to all viewers.


In addition to the webcast, viewers can watch a live TV broadcast of the ING New York City Marathon on the Universal Sports Network, a 24-hour television channel available to 30 million households including New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Hartford/New Haven, Omaha (Neb.), Las Vegas and Reno (Nev.). Universal Sports is home to the World Marathon Majors (Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London and New York City) and includes a special marathon section updated with news, photos, results and more on . Universal Sports is the preeminent year-round multi-platform destination of Olympic and lifestyle sports. Check your local listings to see if Universal Sports is available in your area. If not available, call your local cable or satellite provider to request.

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Press Release -- NA Sports, Oct. 10, 2008


Due to the tremendous growth of onsite registration, North America Sports will be implementing new onsite registration procedures. These new procedures will launch at Ford Ironman Florida and will be as follows:


    • Laptop computers will be used by our volunteers to take the prospective athlete's contact and credit card information on-site. The volunteer will enter in the prospective athlete's information directly into Active. They will then get the athlete's credit card information and charge them the race entry fee.

    • The prospective athlete will receive a copy of the form they filled out as a receipt, which will outline when and how to complete the registration process. They will also receive a reminder via email.

    • After receiving the confirmation email the athlete will have a spot reserved for them in the event. However, the participant will still need to go back to during a specified time frame to complete their online registration. Any athlete that does not follow this procedure will not be considered registered for the event.

    • The athlete will follow the same online procedure as before. They will access the Ford Ironman Florida event via a specific registration link, select their name from the athlete drop-down bar and enter in their unique password. However, the online entry will not have a payment associated with it as they have already paid the entry fee.

    • The athlete will receive a set amount of time (one to two weeks) to let them complete the registration.


This system will ensure fairness to all athletes wishing to sign up for NA Sports races. Under the previous system a number of certificates distributed at on-site registration were not redeemed and this created a situation requiring NA Sports to reopen on-line entries. People who attempted to enter on-line immediately after it opened and were closed out may not be aware of the additional spots available at a later date. This should no longer be the case going forward.


This new procedure allows the prospective athlete's information to be put directly into the database so that it is accurate and has no chance of getting misplaced. It may take a little longer in the beginning so we ask that you be patient with our volunteers and staff.


For more information, visit the NA Sports website .
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