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MONTGOMERY WARD TO SPONSOR 1993 CHICAGO MARATHON

 CHICAGO, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Montgomery Ward announced today its plans to be the presenting sponsor for the 1993 CHICAGO MARATHON. Since its founding in 1977, the Chicago Marathon has grown each year and now attracts more than 10,000 runners from all fifty states and 34 countries.
 "The Chicago Marathon is one of Chicago's largest and most prestigious events. We're pleased that Montgomery Ward will be the presenting sponsor this year," said Bernard F. Brennan, Montgomery Ward chairman and chief executive officer. "This is a great event for runners and spectators, alike, and should provide a great day for everyone."
 "The Marathon also means a great deal to Chicago," Brennan added. "We're probably the only city in the country to have two professional baseball teams, professional basketball, football, hockey and soccer teams, a triathlon AND a marathon."
 The Chicago Marathon benefits Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. "We're especially proud that the Marathon can help Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Montgomery Ward has a long tradition of supporting organizations like Maryville Academy, Special Olympics, the Boy Scouts, the Cabrini Green Tutoring Program and other organizations that help young people," Brennan said. "The relationship with Mercy Home for Boys and Girls makes our participation especially interesting to us."
 The Chicago Marathon is set for 8:30 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 31. This year, the Marathon will follow a 26-mile course that begins at Daley Plaza, the heart of Chicago, and then will wind its way through many of Chicago's historic and ethnic neighborhoods concluding along Lake Shore Drive with runners breaking the tape in Grant Park.
 The Chicago Marathon has a great tradition for attracting world class runners year after year. In 1985, Steve Jones and Joan Benoit had North American record breaking runs while participating in the future," said Carey Pinkowski, Executive Race Director.
 Last month, Major Broadcasting acquired the rights to the Chicago Marathon from Flair Communications. The race will fall under the management of Major Events, a subsidiary company of Major Broadcasting.
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 /CONTACT: John Iltis and John Moore, both of John Iltis Associates, 312-337-6012; or Sarina Butler of Montgomery Ward, 312-467-2025/


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