2005 Margaret Bradley 10K

2005 Margaret Bradley 10K

Press release
May 3, 2005

Universal Sole is proud to announce that the Margaret Bradley Memorial 10K, to be held on May 22 in Chicago’s Washington Park (60th St. and Cottage Grove), will host the USATF-Illinois State 10K Championship for both men and women. There will be separate men’s and women’s races, starting with the women at 8 a.m followed by the men at 9 a.m., and the winner of each race will earn the title of “Illinois State Champion,” given they are an Illinois resident or USATF-Illinois member.

“We are really excited that USATF-Illinois has come aboard to help us honor the memory of Margaret Bradley and to support women’s running. I’m sure a lot of our younger runners would be surprised to learn that the 10,000 meters distance was not contended in the Olympics by women until 1988,” said Race Director Paul Peters, owner of Universal Sole. “And with the help of USATF, we can now bring championship racing back to Chicago, specifically Hyde Park and the University of Chicago.”

The Margaret Bradley Memorial 10K will feature more than $2,000 in prize money with Universal Sole paying out cash prizes to the top five women ($750, $500, $300, $200, $100) and the top three Illinois men ($200, $100, $50). In addition, all female participants will receive ASICS performance short-sleeve shirts, and the top three Illinois finishers, both men and women, will receive a free pair of ASICS shoes.

This inaugural race honors the memory of Margaret Bradley, a Universal Sole Racing Team member, who died last summer. Universal Sole adapted their popular women’s race, the She’s Got Sole 8K, into the Margaret Bradley Memorial 10K to remember Margaret and to continue to promote and support women’s running in Chicago.

“We want to continue to shine the spotlight on women’s running like we did with She’s Got Sole in the past, and also to remember the spirit of Margaret, and this is the perfect way to do both,” Peters added.

The flat and fast USATF-certified course will run along the University of Chicago’s Midway Plaisance in Hyde Park, the former route of the Kemper 10K and Chicago 10K. Many of the top local and regional runners should vie for the title of State Champion, including Indiana’s Stephanie Dueringer, who ran 34:30 for 10K at the Penn Relays, Alabama’s Erica Braswell, and local elites, Kim Hemstreet, Molly Sunderlin, Jeff Jonaitis and Rick Sluder. Photographer Lee Greenberg will be on hand to take participant photos that will be featured on the popular national running Web site and promoter of women’s running, www.fast-women.com, hosted by the New York Road Runners.

The Margaret Bradley Memorial 10K is presented by The University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division and Universal Sole, Chicago’s Source for the Best in Running, and proceeds benefit the Margaret L. Bradley Scholarship Fund, which provides financial aid to medical students at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. For more information or to register, visit www.universalsole.com or call all Universal Sole at 773-868-0893.