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Hudson Valley's Zach Yannone Runs Wild At Chicago

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 373-1262 or (518) 339-1583
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Sunday, October 22, 2000

Former Hudson Valley Community College Runner Becomes
First Area Marathoner To Break 2:30:00 In Eight Years

October 22, Chicago, IL - Albany resident and Hudson Valley Community College employee Zach Yannone confirmed his status among the world's elite marathoners this morning, completing the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon in a blistering two hours, 29 minutes and 18 seconds. Yannone, who averaged 5:41 per mile for the 26.2-mile race, placed 39th overall out of an anticipated 33,000 starters. In just his third marathon, he was the 22nd American runner and the first Capital District resident to finish.

In breaking 2:30:00, the 26-year-old Yannone became the first Capital District athlete to do so in nearly a decade. Former Guilderland resident Lance Denning, who now resides in Colorado, won the 1992 Mohawk-Hudson River Marathon in 2:29:58.

American Khalid Khannouchi won the race in 2:07:01. Kenya's Catherine Ndereba was the women's winner in 2:21:33.

Yannone works as Hudson Valley's assistant director of special events and facilities utilization. An Averill Park High School, Hudson Valley and SUNY Cortland graduate, Yannone splashed onto the marathon scene in 1997, winning the Mohawk-Hudson River Marathon, which runs from Schenectady to Albany, in 2:33:03. He followed that up with a 2:31:04 in the 1998 Boston Marathon, good for 52nd overall.

Training under longtime SUNY Cortland cross country coach and former Olympian Jack Daniels, Yannone has made the Chicago Marathon his sole focus for the last eight months, averaging 90 miles per week.

During this past summer racing season, Yannone dominated the local circuit, winning 10 races. He dropped his personal best in every distance he raced, clocking 15:05 for 5K and 31:32 for 10K. He also broke his best times for four miles, 8K, 10K, 20K and 25K, and hit the national distance circuit to prepare for Chicago, running the New Haven 20K (25th in 1:07:56) and the Old Kent River Bank Run 25K (21st in 1:45:23).

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions; Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.