Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Preparing for Duke City Helps Best Keep Focused.(Sports)

Byline: Glen Rosales For the Journal

The 2000 Duke City Marathon on Sunday couldn't have come at a better time for Santa Fe's Stephanie Best.

Best will be among the nearly 4,000 entrants, including a number of elite athletes, expected to participate in one of the races of the Duke City. The events include the half-, full and relay marathons, 5K run and 5K walk. In addition, there's a kids kilometer run and an osteoporosis awareness walk.

Proceeds from the event this year are going to the Children's Hospital of New Mexico.

Best, who was shut out in two events at the U.S. Olympics Trials, had to suffer in New Mexico while other competitors ran in the races that she trained to run in at Sydney, Australia, during the 2000 Olympics. …

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