- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 12, 2003

Two weeks ago, it was news about a Polish woman who won the May 5 Pittsburgh Marathon. Last week it was news about a Yugoslav woman who was third at the Nov.3 New York City Marathon. In both cases, the runners failed drug tests and were disqualified.
Violetta Kryza, 33, of Poland forfeited $15,000 in Pittsburgh winnings after she tested positive for an undisclosed banned substance. Olivera Jevtic, 25, of Yugoslavia forfeited a $45,000 prize in New York after testing positive for the banned drug ephedrine (typically found in sinus and cold medicines), according to race organizers at the New York Road Runners Club, who added that it "seems to have been an innocent mistake."
With Kryza's disqualification, Poland's Esther Kiplagat moved up to third place and America's Marla Runyan to fourth.
History in the meeting
Tomel "Doc" Burkes had a dream to organize a college track and field meet for historically black schools. Now the North Carolina Central alumnus is about to see his dream come true. The first Historic Black College Invitational, held by the Potomac Valley Association of USA Track & Field, is set for Feb.8-9 at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in Landover.
"It'll be the first meet of the black schools, and it'll showcase the talent of the black schools," said Burkes, the principal stimulus behind the meet. "It will give the students the opportunity to attend a quality meet. Some black students go to other schools and get lost in the shuffle. The black colleges have contributed to all areas of track and field."
At least 35 schools have committed, including Howard, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Albany State, Delaware State, Hampton, Morgan State and Prairie View A&M.;
Inquiries should be directed to Burkes at 301/952-1083 or 202/412-3501.
One false start
It's a good thing that journalists do not have to follow the new "one-strike false start" rule that makes its debut at the Norwich Union [England] international indoor track meet Feb.2. Honestly, the way this column originally began, I would have automatically been disqualified from writing.
Why limit it?
The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon announced it will increase its registration cap from 37,500 to 40,000 participants. Registration already is under way for the 2003 race Oct.12.
Race officials said that from 1993 to 2002, the number of registered runners grew from 6,941 to its maximum 37,500 in 2002, a 540 percent increase. Why even have a limit?
Indoor deals
Since there aren't any marathon expos in our area during the winter, the opportunity to find deals on shoes and clothing rarely exists.
But today you can browse through the Bethesda Marriott Hotel during the TriSpeed Mid-Atlantic Multi-sport Expo and Swap Meet between 9a.m. and 5p.m. The expo promises a peak at the fashions that the top multi-sport manufacturers have in store for 2003, complete with discounted specials from Asics, Adidas, Brooks, Fila, Nike, New Balance, Puma, and Saucony running shoes. Bicycle vendors will be there, too.
And there is more: educational lectures, V02 Max testing, Sizecycle fitting and other features.
The excitement with the Swap Meet is that you may find great deals on new and used equipment. I'll take a pass on the used running shoes, thank you very much.
The Marriott is just off the Capital Beltway's Wisconsin Avenue exit, on 5151 Pooks Hill Road (301/897-9400). Admission is $10 at the door, with 50 percent of all gate proceeds going to Hopkins Heroes, a charity benefiting the Children's Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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