INDIANAPOLIS – Andrew Carlson (Minneapolis, Minn.) returns to Grand Rapids looking to defend his 25 km title while 2004 Olympian Colleen De Reuck (Boulder, Colo.) looks to win her second women’s title since 2005 at the 2011 USA 25 km Championships. The championships will be hosted for the 18th year by the Fifth Third River Bank Run this Saturday.
Among Carlson’s main challengers for the title will be Nick Arciniaga (Flagstaff, Ariz.), who finished third behind Carlson last year. This year Arciniaga is a slightly different runner as he returns to Grand Rapids after a successful marathon campaign earlier in the year, running 2:11:30 at the Chevron Houston Marathon in January.
Also in the men’s field will be 2010 USA Men’s 10 Mile Champion Fasil Bizuneh (Flagstaff, Ariz.) and Carlson’s Team USA Minnesota teammates from Minneapolis, Josh Moen and Matt Gabrielson.
The women’s race will also see a Team USA Minnesota athlete chasing the title as Emily Brown (Minneapolis, Minn.) makes her debut at the distance and challenges De Reuck for the championship.
Also in the mix will be last year’s third-place finisher Dot McMahan and her Hansons-Brooks teammate Molly Pritz (Rochester Hills, Mich.) and Kathy Newberry (Ann Arbor, Mich.), the third place finisher at the 2010 USA Women’s Marathon Championship.
The USA 25 km Championships will be streamed live in cooperation with RunnerSpace.com beginning at 8:20 Saturday at www.USARunningCircuit.com.
About the USARC
The USA 25 km Championships are the fifth stop on the 2011 USA Running Circuit (USARC) and will feature over $30,000 in prize money with the men’s and women’s champions earning $7,000 each. The 2011 USARC is a USA Track & Field road series, featuring USA Championships from one mile to the marathon and attracts the best U.S. distance runners. The circuit features ten events for men and nine for women.
The 2011 USARC is a USA Track & Field road series, featuring USA long distance running championships and for the first time will include the USA Cross Country Championships. The USARC attracts the best U.S. distance runners and has ten events for men and nine for women.
The 2011 USARC will feature more than $450,000 in circuit prize money with U.S. athletes competing for the right to represent Team USA in various international competitions.
The first ten U.S. runners earn points at each USARC race (15 for first, 12 for second, 10 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1), with a final $12,500 grand prix purse ($6,000, $4,000, and $2,500) for the top three men and women point scorers overall.
The mission of the USA Running Circuit is to showcase, support, and promote U.S. runners. Since its inception in 1995, the USARC and its races have provided over $6 million dollars to U.S. distance runners.
For more information on the 2011 USA 25 km Championships visit www.usatf.org.