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Utahns to get paid for top finishes on 24th

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Utahns participating in this year's Deseret News/Granite Furniture marathon and 10K races on July 24th will have an even greater incentive than in years past — a chance to win cash prizes set aside solely for state residents.

For the first time in the 32 year history of the marathon or 19 year history of the 10K, the Deseret News has designated cash awards to the top three Utah finishers in both male and female divisions in those races. The first Utah finishers in each race will win $350, second place runners will be awarded $250 and the third fastest Utahns in both races will get $150.

"It's a way for us to reward our hometown runners who've helped build the races into what they've become — a tradition enjoyed by literally thousands of runners each year," said Scott Kerr, executive race director from the Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation Department.

With the traditional elite runners coming in from out of state to compete for top cash awards each year, many local runners were missing out on the chance to cash in. So officials have created this "Utahns only" cache of cash for the 2001 events.

Now, with just under three weeks left before the July 24th races, registration and training are both in high gear. The first two of four scheduled race clinics being offered by local runners in conjunction with In Soles have been completed, with two more scheduled on July 12 and 19. Registration is continuing at all four Granite Furniture locations along the Wasatch Front, as well as at the Deseret News office, and at the Parks and Recreation office in West Valley.

Runners can also register online at deseretnews.com/run/.