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Posted: February 5, 2009  :

(RWire) Athletics: Running USA 2009: ING Hall of Champions Awards Dinner and Auction Honors and Recognizes the Sport and Its Contributors

Annual premier running industry conference powered by The Active Network and Gen-A Media & Marketing returns to beautiful La Jolla; "fun run" with Team Running USA

One of the Running USA 2009 conference highlights for attendees, like past years, will be the Monday, February 9 evening ING Hall of Champions Awards Dinner and Auction at the spectacular Hilton La Jolla, Torrey Pines. The banquet will see the induction of the sixth class of Running USA's Hall of Champions which recognizes individuals who have made important and noteworthy contributions to the sport and business of running. Last year's honorees were: Anne Audain, Olympian and race founder; David Hannah, Houston Marathon; Basil and Linda Honikman, Running USA; Wally Kastner, Big Sur Marathon; Craig Masback, USATF CEO and Larry Rawson, TV commentator.

Another part of the fun at the dinner is the live auction benefiting Team Running USA and other Running USA programs. There are great items to bid on including an unbeatable Mammoth Lakes "Train with the Team" package, a full-page national ad page in Running Times magazine, a state-of-the-art Cannondale triathlon road bike with great SUGOI cycling apparel, the popular Runner's World speakers package, an autographed jersey from NBA All-Star Kevin Garnett, vacation getaways in Colorado, Arizona and California, NASCAR tickets with hospitality and special collectables, and in addition, during the conference, there will be a silent auction with more outstanding items.

Before the dinner and auction, conference attendees will have the opportunity to meet and "run" with Team Running USA athletes including 2004 Olympic medalists Meb Keflezighi and Deena Kastor and Olympians Jen Rhines, Kate O'Neill, Ryan Hall, Ian Dobson, Anna Willard and Dan Browne.

To register or for the latest conference information, schedule and attendee list, go to: or contact Ryan Lamppa at (805) 696-6232 or

Ryan Lamppa, Running USA Media Director
(805) 696-6232; Fax = (805) 659-0016

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