Runners Tie into Hyatt Gold Passport

To hit the ground running with its highly acclaimed Faster Free Nights promotion, Hyatt Gold Passport® offers LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon runners the opportunity to win a free night at Hyatt hotels or resorts worldwide. From an escape to the land down under at Grand Hyatt Melbourne, to romance on the beaches of Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, to world-renowned dining at Highlands Inn Park Hyatt in Carmel, Calif., winning Chicago Marathoners may choose their own course with Hyatt hotels or resorts on every continent.

Hyatt Gold Passport will reward the first 1,000 runners that start and finish The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon wearing a necktie a Faster Free Night at Hyatt hotels or resorts worldwide. The first runner to cross the finish line wearing a necktie will win 750,000 Gold Passport points, equivalent to 50 free nights at any Hyatt hotel or resort worldwide. All runners must register at the Hyatt tent after the race in order to qualify for the chance to win a Faster Free Night.

“Kicking off our Faster Free Nights promotion at The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon is a great opportunity for us to showcase how easy it is for Gold Passport members to earn unlimited free nights at Hyatt,” said Amy Weyman, Vice President, Hyatt Gold Passport.

Hyatt Gold Passport`s Faster Free Nights promotion allows Hyatt Gold Passport members to earn a free night after every two stays when paying with a valid MasterCard card from October 15, 2003 to February 29, 2004. Members can earn unlimited free nights and redeem their Faster Free Nights beginning November 1, 2003 through April 30, 2004.

“The marathon is a Chicago tradition,” said Fred P. Gore, senior vice president of North America Acceptance for MasterCard International. “Hyatt`s Faster Free Nights promotion with MasterCard will make reaching the finish line an extra rewarding experience.”


Running 26.2 miles is a challenge - winning a free night from Hyatt Gold Passport is easy. Runners may qualify to win a free night by wearing a Faster Free Nights necktie or their own (pinned or tied on to clothing, hair or hat), while running The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon on October 12. Lightweight Faster Free Nights neckties will be available at the Hyatt Gold Passport booth during the Health and Fitness Expo at McCormick Place on Friday, October 10, and Saturday, October 11, and at the Buckingham Fountain area on the morning of the race.

Runners completing the marathon wearing a necktie from start to finish must register at the Hyatt Gold Passport tent located beyond the finish line in the Runners Reunite area surrounding Buckingham Fountain. The fastest 1,000 runners who register will be rewarded a free night based on race times posted in the Chicago Tribune the following day.

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