September 22, 2000

$10,000 Bonus Offered at 2000 Arturo Barrios Invitational

Chula Vista — In the spirit of the Olympics, Event Producer Elite Racing, Inc. is offering a $10,000 bonus at the 12th Annual Arturo Barrios Invitational Run/Walk to any athlete who wins the Invitational event after medalling at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Olympians from all countries are eligible. The Arturo Barrios Invitational returns to Chula Vista on Sunday, October 15, 2000.

The Arturo Barrios Invitational attracts world-class athletes as well as recreational runners to the Chula Vista Harbor. The race draws more than 4,000 participants and provides thousands of spectators unlimited viewing opportunities along scenic Marina Parkway. The Invitational 10K, the premier event, features elite athletes from around the world competing for up to $47,000 in prize money—the largest 10K purse in California.

"The Arturo Barrios Invitational has already established itself as the west coast's fastest 10,000 meter road race," said Tim Murphy, president of Elite Racing. "We want to bring the excitement of the Olympics to San Diego and offer a special bonus to these extraordinary athletes in hopes of challenging course records."

Arturo Barrios events begin with a 5K People's Run at 7:30 a.m. followed by a 5K People's Walk at 7:35 a.m. and a 10K People's Run at 8:30 a.m. The 10K Invitational begins at 10:00 a.m. followed by One-Mile and Half-Mile Children's Fun Runs at 11:00 a.m. All participants receive commemorative medals and race T-shirts.

The event benefits the South Chula Vista Library and local-area scholarship programs, with a strong focus on the Hispanic community. The primary goal of the race is to reduce the high school dropout rate in San Diego. More than $165,000 has been raised in the race's eleven-year history.

To register online visit Entry fees are $18 on or before October 6 ($12 for kids 12 & under) and $21 ($15 for kids) thereafter.

For more information or to receive an entry form by mail, contact Elite Racing at 5452 Oberlin Dr., Suite B, San Diego, CA 92121 or call 858/450-6510.

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