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Kellie Cathey, a two-time champion and course record holder, will return to the annual Deseret News-KSL Radio 10,000-meter run Tuesday morning to try to win her third new car in four years.

Cathey, who finished second last year to Tina Ljundberg after winning the previous two years, set the still-standing course record of 31:50 in 1988."I've been racing pretty much continously this year," reports Cathey, who, like men's defending champion Jon Sinclair, lives in Fort Collins, Colo. "I've been having a good season."

Since mid-May Cathey has claimed two firsts and two seconds on the road racing circuit. Earlier in the year she finished fourth in the Pittsburgh Marathon with a time of 2:33 - one minute off her personal record.

Cathey is the pre-race favorite for the seventh running of the DesNews-KSL 10K, although she could be challenged by Libbie Johnson - another Fort Collins resident - and Cindy James. Cathey, 28, the former American record holder at 10,000 meters, reached top form this summer, running 15:34 for 5,000 meters.

The 10K will begin at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday in Research Park and finish in Liberty Park. The winner of the men's and women's races both will receive a 1990 Ford Escort from Stephen Wade Auto.

"I'm driving one now and I sold the other one," Cathey says of the two cars she has won in the DesNews-KSL race.

Cathey and Sinclair aren't the only ones seeking to reclaim their championships Tuesday. Gordon Hyde, a 27-year-old Orem runner, will try to defend his title in the marathon. A year ago Hyde won the race with a slowish time of 2:27:35. It was more than a minute slower than the age-group record Hyde set as a 19-year-old eight years earlier.

"After three miles I was all alone," recalls Hyde. "Having no one to run with made a big difference. It was like running a 26-mile time trial."

Demetrio Cabanillas set the course record of 2:16:57 in 1982. No one else has ever broke 2:20 on the course. Jane Wipf set the women's course record of 2:45:35 in 1980.

Cabanillas will try for a record 10th victory Tuesday. Hyde, a former half-miler for BYU, has successfully converted to long distance running with the help of Olympian Paul Cummings, who has acted as his some-time coach and adviser. Last May, Hyde, a member of the Utah National Guard, won the National Guard national marathon championship race in Lincoln, Neb.

"I wasn't in top shape, but I ran 2:25," he says. "I haven't done much racing this year."

In May, Hyde placed third in the Salt Lake Classic with a time of 30:59. He also won the Strawberry Days 5K in Pleasant Grove with a fine time of 14:46, beating two strong runners, Cummings and Dave Chipman, in the process. "But then I lost to them in the Freedom Festival," says Hyde, who was fifth in that race.

Hyde's quest for a second marathon title will begin at 5:15 a.m. in Washington Park, high in Parleys Canyon. The course follows the Mormon Pioneer trail down Emigration Canyon, eventually finishing in Liberty Park.

Looking ahead to this year's marathon, Hyde says, "I'm a little worried about the hills on the course. I'm prepared to run a decent flat marathon. I'll just have to see how it goes."