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    Conoco Rodeo Run Kicks off Rodeo's Parade and Fund-raising Efforts $80,000 Raised for College Scholarships

    HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 9, 2002--Nearly 4,100 runners barreled down the streets of Houston today for the 15th anniversary of the Conoco 10K Rodeo Run. With horses and parade floats hot on their heels, runners began the 6.2-mile road race at Texas and Smith streets, and finished at Enron Field.

    Taking home a custom-etched glass trophy, the traditional Conoco Rodeo Run cowboy hat and red jacket, and two round-trip domestic airline tickets donated by Continental Airlines were the following top finishers:

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    Race Category Name Age Time Hometown

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    Overall Male Sean Wade 36 31:15 Houston, Texas

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    Overall Female Desiree Owen 26 34:48 Kingwood, Texas

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    Masters Male Bill Rodgers 54 33:36 Sherborn, Mass.

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    Masters Female Joy Smith 40 37:52 Sugar Land, Texas

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    Wheelchair Male Ramiro Bermudez 42 28:11 Houston, Texas

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    Wheelchair Female - - - -

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    Former Olympic marathoner Bill Rodgers officially won the masters competition. Rodgers, serving in the role of Rodeo Run co-race marshal, happily relinquished his winnings to second place male masters finisher Chris Jaggers, 41, of Yorba Linda, Calif. Jaggers finished with a time of 34:21.

    Co-marshal Frank Shorter also got into the spirit of the run. Shorter completed the race in 43:20.

    The Houston running community, Conoco, and the run's dedicated sponsors raised $80,000 dollars for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund. Conoco fully supports the Rodeo's goal to increase the number of Texas youth who attend college. Over the race's 15 years running, Conoco has donated $1,132,000 to the Educational Fund, and awarded 120 students with college scholarships.

    "Conoco administers the Rodeo Run with the volunteered support of 900 Conoco employees, retirees, contractors and family members," said Race Chairman Rick Oshlo, Conoco vice president and general manager, supply and trading, materials and services. "Our goal is not only to put on one of the finest races in the nation, but more importantly, help enrich the lives of next generation leaders in our community."

    Comprehensive race results, featuring streaming video of runners crossing the finish line, are posted on the Conoco Rodeo Run Web site located at Runners can download the video file for individual use. The finish line streaming video download feature is unique to the Conoco Rodeo Run.

    Sue Meersman of League City, Elena Fress of Pearland, and Anne Steinbach from Texas City extended "Go Texan Day." They were all winners in Conoco's "Best Dressed in Western Running Attire" costume contest. Meersman's homemade stars and strips chaps won her the $100 of Conoco gasoline. Fress and Steinbach were happy to split the prize as both were gussied up in matching Western running duds.

    Doug Brocail, Houston Astros Pitcher, started the wheelchair race, and Conoco Executive Vice President, Exploration Production, Rob McKee, fired the gun starting the overall run.

    Conoco (NYSE: COC) is a major, integrated energy company active in more than 40 countries.


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