- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 1, 2009

The National Half Marathon has sold out, and the National Marathon has fewer than 200 spots available.

“Our half marathon is sold out, do you believe it? It’s amazing,” said event organizer Bob Sweeney, president of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance. “We knew the day would come that this event would be on the racing calendar.”

Sweeney said all 5,000 slots for the half marathon have been filled, and the marathon is approximately 180 entries away from closing at 3,000 runners. Both races take place March 21 at 7 a.m. at the D.C. Armory. The winners in the half marathon and marathon receive $1,000 and $2,000, respectively. In addition to prize money, both winners also receive watches from Fashion Time.

Sweeney also revealed a competitive lineup of elite entrants, including Katarina Janosikova, the Slovakian who placed 18th at November’s New York City Marathon. Along with Janosikova comes her coach, John Henwood, a New Zealand running legend who competed in the 10,000-meter final in the 2004 Olympics.

After he worked as a fitness instructor on the cruise ships Sea Princess and Star Princess in 2002, Henwood moved to the District to work as a personal trainer/coach at a personal training studio for three months before training full time for the Athens Olympics. Henwood also won the 2003 Army Ten-Miler with a blazing kick in the last 400 meters.

Arlington’s Michael Wardian returns for his fourth National Marathon. Wardian won all three previous stagings of the 26.2-mile race by a three- to four-minute margin.

Army update - The Army Ten-Miler will be held Oct. 4, but registration opens April 1. The field size has been increased to 30,000 registrants to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the race.

Darman on board - USA Track & Field announced last week that Jeff Darman was selected as its 15th and final board member. For years, Darman operated his firm Darman and Associates, a sports marketing firm, in Arlington. Darman directs the ACLI Capital Challenge road race in the District and coordinates the annual Road Race Management Race Directors’ meeting and trade show.

He is also a former race director of the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and a former president of Road Runners Club of America.

Well-done - RacePacket magazine owner Bob Platt awarded RacePacket’s 2008 Grand Prix Series winners at a dinner Feb 8. Local road standouts Chris Farley and Sushila Nanda each earned $500 for scoring the most points in their respective male and female divisions.

40th anniversary - Applications for the lottery for the Nov. 1 New York City Marathon now are being taken online (ingnycmarathon.org) from individuals with a U.S. address and will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on June 1. Applications from individuals without a U.S. address and all applicants eligible for guaranteed entry will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on May 1. Entry fees have risen to $138 for U.S. members of the New York Road Runners and $171 for U.S. nonmembers. Non-U.S. residents (including Puerto Rico) pay $231.

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