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Elite Athletes and Celebrities Shine at Second Annual P.F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Marathon.

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The second annual P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon brought more of the same on the women's side and crowned a new men's champion as the musical marathon hit the streets of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe today.

Ethiopia's Shitaye Gemechu, 24, successfully defending her title when she captured the women's 26.2-mile road race in a time of 2:32:51. Close behind was the young Australian, Haley McGregor, 25, who made her marathon debut in an impressive 2:33:47.

A tactical race ensued on the men's side. Kenyan teammates Haron Toroitich, the defending champion, and Philip Tarus, ran shoulder-to-shoulder with Ethiopia's Terefe Yae through 25 miles before Yae finally broke away from Toroitich to capture his first major marathon title. He crossed the line in a time of 2:14:24. Toroitich was second in 2:15:40 and Ethiopia's Belay Wolasha was third at 2:16:23.

There were several famous faces in the crowd of over 29,000 marathon and half marathon registered participants. Shonda Schilling, wife of World Series Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling finished her first marathon in 4:50:57. NFL great and three-time Super Bowl Champion Roger Craig completed the marathon in an impressive 3:50:45. Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder, Luis Gonzalez, completed his first half marathon in 2:16:19. Cindy McCain, wife of U.S. Senator John McCain walked the half marathon for Train to End Stroke in 3:58:05.

Beta footage, still images and race day coverage of all the celebrity participants will be available. Contact Audra Fleming, 858.518.2923 or Susan Reid, 858.864.2090.

Top 10 Results Follow
P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon
Jan. 9, 2005
Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, Ariz.

Top 10 Men's Results
1, Terefe Yae, 23, Ethiopia, 2:14:24, $20,000
2, Haron Toroitich, 27, Kenya, 2:15:40, $10,000
3, Belay Wolasha, 34, Ethiopia, 2:16:23, $6,500
4, Philip Tarus, 30, Kenya, 2:16:36, $4,000
5, Chad Johnson, 28, USA, 2:16:57, $3,000
6, Sergey Emelyanov, 26, Russia, 2:17:44, $1,800
7, Stephen Muturi, 29, Kenya, 2:19:43, $1,400
8, Asnake Ferkadu, 22, Ethiopia, 2:23:55, $1,200
9, Dris Dacha, 42, USA, 2:28:38, $1,100
10, Marty Dalton, 28, USA, 2:29:44, $1,000

Top 10 Women's Results
1, Shitaye Gemechu, 24, Ethiopia, 2:32:51, $20,000
2, Hayley McGregor, 25, Australia, 2:33:47, $10,000
3, Karla Sokolovich, 32, USA, 2:55:35, $6,500
4, Mindy Kuehl, 26, USA, 2:56:01, $4,000
5, Sarah Shuler, 26, USA, 2:57:25, $3,000
6, Lisa Pohlit, 24, USA, 2:57:53, $1,800
7, Rebbechah Castilo, 43, USA, 2:58:40, $1,700
8, Suzy Schumacher, 35, USA, 3:00:21, $1,200
9, Stephanie Hodge, 39, USA, 3:03:22, $1,100
10, Stacey Lauritano, 38, USA, 3:06:23, $1,000
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