INDIANAPOLIS - Heather Kampf (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Craig Miller (Madison, Wisc.) will challenge for USA 1 Mile Road Championship titles Thursday in Minneapolis. The event is part of the USA Running Circuit and is hosted by the Medtronic TC 1 Mile for the fourth time.
Kampf has run the fastest 1500m time of the field this year with her 4:13.89 performance at the Drake Relays. Alisha Williams (Colorado Springs, Colo.) owns times in the top ten in the U.S. in the 5,000m and 10,000m this year and should be a contender for the title, along with steeplechaser Mason Cathey (Indianapolis, Ind.).
Miller boasts the fourth fastest time in the 1500m in the U.S. this year with his 3:37.48 performance at Stanford, and has also run 3:56.41 for the mile at Mt. SAC. Miller’s top challengers include USA Cross Country champion Bobby Mack (Raleigh, N.C.) and runner-up Aaron Braun (Flagstaff, Ariz.).
While it happened in a different sport, one entrant in the race has already qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games. Triathlete Gwen Jorgensen (Minneapolis, Minn.), who ran track and swam for the University of Wisconsin, will see how she fares in in her first road mile.
A live webcast of the USA 1 Mile Championships will be available on Thursday at 7:53 p.m. Central Time in cooperation with RunnerSpace.com at www.USARunningCirucit.com.
About the USARC
The USA 1 Mile Championships are the fifth stop on the 2012 USA Running Circuit (USARC), and features a total championship prize purse of $20,000. The men's and women's champion will each earn $4,000.
The 2012 USARC is a USA Track & Field road series, featuring USA long distance running championships. The USARC attracts the best U.S. distance runners and has ten events for men and women. The 2012 USARC will feature more than $909,000 in circuit prize money.
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 2012 USA 25 km Championships visit www.usatf.org andwww.USARunningCircuit.com.