Hey folks, Got to the bottom of it myself. I asked the race director of the 10k why no love for Deena and he forward the same response he gave to someone else affiliated with Deena:
Thanks for your e-mail...I have talked with her husband and all iscool...when she sent the information to me it was one of 72 comp requests I received that week...I agree with you I did not catch her name and she did not bring any attention to herself in the e-mail about who she was....her agent is in Japan and was to do it but Deena and her husband were trying to do it. Phil please know I understand your comments all too well...before being responsible to 400 employees running this community bank I was a TV sportscaster for 22 years...I understand professional athletes well.
Andrew told me he was sorry for not making more of a point about Deena. I wish to God I knew every runner but I do not. They are good [people who do not like to bring attention to themselves.
The 10K race is just one of 9 we put on on this day and to error is human..which I am..some days more errors than others.
Our event has hit to the highest levels we've wanted to see on a national scale...each year we always turn out the USATF athlete of the week..thanks to the masters...when we had the california 10K championship for 3 years we brought in some of the best international runners...we had guys running 27 minute 10K's which put us on the map along with a masters runner running 29...Our goal is to be a large representation for our central coast
All i can do is try and then be truthful to people when I make a mistake....please know we get about 6,000 people involved on this race day...huge for our community...and the behind the scenes people are pretty much two people...myself and my assistant who do this on top of our bank jobs and my other Tv job I do at night.
I guess all these sleepless nights have caught up with me and I picked a bad time to make a mistake with one of our nations premier runners.
Thank you again for your e-mail.
Senior Vice President