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U.S. ARMY ANNOUNCES SPONSORSHIP CHANGES IN TEN-MILER

     Defense contractors can no longer finance the Army Ten-Mile
run, nor will a "powerful defense lobbying group" be allowed to
share in the race's profits, according to Steve Nearman of the
WASHINGTON TIMES.  The changes come as part of "sweeping"
modifications in the Army's management and organization of the
nation's largest 10-mile road race.  The changes were announced
last week as a result of an investigation brought on by
allegations that the race violated Army and Department of Defense
policies and also risked losing its USA Track & Field sanction
and insurance because of safety concerns on the course.  A panel
led by Secretary of the Army Togo West, Jr. said the defense
lobbying arm, the Association of the United States Army, which
sponsored the race through contributions of defense contractors,
did so "in accordance with government laws and regulations."  But
to prevent "any misperceptions" that "defense contractors may
influence funding decisions by their support to the Army Ten-
Miler, all future commercial sponsorship will be limited to
consumer product companies and private organizations."  Changes
will not effect this year's race on Sunday (WASHINGTON TIMES,
10/8).
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