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Clint Verran Running the Treviso Marathon in Italy This Weekend
Hansons-Brooks newcomer Jeff Eggleston at Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle

Press Release

Rochester Hills, MI, March 28, 2008— With one Olympian in the bag, and the women’s Olympic Marathon Trials looming, this year could be a year of many “firsts” in the marathon for the Hansons-Brooks program.  Hansons-Brooks (powered by Saturn) veteran Clint Verran hopes to set the tone with a first of his own—a win in a major marathon.

Verran travels to Italy this weekend where he will kick off the spring marathon season for the Hansons-Brooks team at the Treviso Marathon.  The veteran of nearly twenty marathons (ten sub-2:18 marathons), twice a member of the USA World Championships Marathon team (2003, 2005), three-time participant in the Olympic Marathon Trials (2000-11th, 2004-5th, 2008-18th), and a tenth place at the 2006 Boston Marathon—there are few active marathoners in the United States with as much experience and as many accolades as Clint Verran.  This weekend he hopes to add 2008 Treviso Marathon Champion to his long list of accolades.

To do so, Verran will likely need to run a two-minute personal best.  In the four previous editions of the Treviso Marathon, the race has been won in under 2 hours, 12 minutes.  Verran’s personal best in the marathon is 2 hours, 14 minutes and 12 seconds.  Race organizers expect another world-class field and have also enlisted the help of a pacer, who has been instructed to lead the men through the half in 1:05:30.

The race is set to begin at 3:45 pm EST on Sunday, March 30.  Check in at the race website at www.trevisomarathon.com for results, or stay tuned for a press release on Monday.

Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle

Hansons-Brooks newcomer, Jeff Eggleston will run his first professional race for the team at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago on Sunday.

The Greece, New York native joined the team in February, after a few seasons with the University of Virginia, and a year of post-collegiate racing which included a 10th place finish at the USA 20 km Championships and a 1:04:58 half marathon best at the USA Half Marathon Championships in Houston this year. 

Hansons-Brooks athletes have won the Shamrock Shuffle in 2004 (Brian Sell), 2005 (Brian Sell), and 2006 (Chad Johnson), but were unable to defend their three-year run last year when Luke Watson (South Bend, Ind.) edged Josh Moen for the win.

The race begins at 10:30 am EST.  Race results will be available after the race at www.shamrockshuffle.com.  Check in at the race website after the race to see how Eggleston fares in his debut with the team.

For additional information, photo requests, or to contact those quoted or mentioned in this release, please contact Mike Reneau at mwreneau@hotmail.com or (612) 245-8764. You can also visit the teams website at www.hansons-running.com. The team web page includes individual athlete biographies and resumes.

ABOUT <Hansons-Brooks Distance Project> - The Hansons-Brooks Distance Project is a post-collegiate training program for runners with Olympic aspirations. Athletes in the program live and train together in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Team sponsors include Brooks Sports, Inc., Saturn Corporation, Aruba Sport Eyewear, and Hansons Running Shops.


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