Fallen defending champion honored at Arizona race

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- When the runners line up for P.F. Chang's Rock `n' Roll Arizona Marathon on Sunday, the focus will be on a champion who won't be there.

Sally Meyerhoff, an Arizona distance-running star since high school and a prominent U.S. female marathoner and triathlete, won this race a year ago and was on her way to the Olympic Trials. Less than three months later, she was killed when the bicycle she was riding collided with a pickup truck in a small town not far from Phoenix. She was 27 years old.

All the runners in Sunday's race will wear black ribbons in her memory. The women's marathon championship trophy will commemorate Meyerhoff.