July 23, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JONATHAN ROSSING WINS GOLD AT GAY GAMES

Chicago, IL – Running side by side with the defending champion the entire way, RunCoachJason.com athlete Jonathan Rossing, a doctoral student in communication and culture at Indiana University, pulled away in the final stages of the race to win the VII Gay Games marathon on July 22 by 7 seconds in 2:48:00, a PR by over four minutes.  The Gay Games, which began in 1982 in San Francisco, is an international, Olympic-style sports and cultural festival held every four years.  From July 15-22, nearly 12,000 athletes from over 70 countries participated in 30 sports.

“This is a great victory for Jonathan,” Coach Jason Karp said.  “It’s difficult to run a personal record when there’s only one other person with whom to run the entire marathon.  Despite that and a very windy day, he still ran his best time ever.  And he beat a former collegiateAll-American in doing so.  Based on his training and prior races, including a 1:17 half-marathon, he still has plenty of room for improvement.”

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