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News and Notes, Volume 12, Number 23

10/17/2012
 
1. USA Track & Field opens entries for Annual Meeting golf tournament, 5 km  beach race
2. Friend-Uhl and Gore win USA Masters 5 km Cross Country Championships
3. USA 50 Mile Championships to be held Sunday

USA Track & Field opens entries for Annual Meeting golf tournament, 5 km  beach race
As highlights of the upcoming USA Track & Field Annual Meeting scheduled for November 28-December 2 in Daytona Beach, Fla., the organization recently opened entries for both a celebrity golf scramble and 5 km beach run.

The USA Track & Field Celebrity Golf Scramble is slated for Friday, November 30, at the Venetian Bay Golf Club and will feature drawings and prizes to be given away that will include USATF autographed merchandise. Multiple celebrities will be on hand, which include National Track & Field Hall of Famer and Olympic gold medalist Dan O’Brien along with 2012 Olympians Wallace Spearmon and Darvis “Doc” Patton.

The 5 km Beach Run will take place the morning of Saturday, December 1, and be held directly on the beach along the Atlantic Ocean.

For tournament and race specifics and to register for these event click here.

Friend-Uhl and Gore win USA Masters 5 km Cross Country Championships
Sonia Friend-Uhl (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Timothy Gore (Oceanside, Calif.) both ran to victories at the 2012 USA Masters  5 km Cross Country Championships at Balboa Park Saturday in San Diego, Calif.

Friend-Uhl led from the gun as runner-up Grace Padilla (Los Angeles, Calif.) tried to stay with her. Friend-Uhl’s winning time of 17:50 topped Padilla by 30 seconds after two challenging loops of the five-km course. Veteran 71-year-old racer Marie-Louise Michelson, (New York, N.Y.) topped the women's age-grading as her 25:32 graded at 88.68 percent.

The men's race turned out to be a real battle as Gore and Gray Mavhera (Morena Valley, Calif.) sprinted side-by-side over the final 100 meters of the race. Gore was able to pull ahead of Mavhera to take the win by one second in 16:14. Pete Magill (Pasadena, Calif.) recorded the best age graded mark as the 51-year-old ran 16:31 for a score of 90.08 percent.

For complete results and more information, visit www.usatf.org

USA 50 Mile Championship to be held Sunday

The USA Track & Field 50 Mile Road Championships will be hosted once again by the Tussey Mountainback 50-Miler in Central Pennsylvania's scenic Rothrock State Forest.

On the men's side, Michael Arnstein (New York, N.Y.) is the top returnee. The veteran ultramarathoner placed third last year in 5:52:54 - a time that would have won the race in nine of its 12 years. Arnstein will face a challenge from newcomers Zach Bitter and Mario Mendoza, who are set to make their Tussey Mountainback debuts. Bitter (Marinette, Wis) has won five of the eight ultramarathons he has run over the last two years and set course records at three of them. Mendoza (Bend, Ore.) was the 2010 USATF Trail Runner of the Year and recently finished as the runner-up at the USA 50 km Trail Championships. 

Connie Gardner (Medina, Ohio) will be hard to beat in the women’s race. Gardner is the 2011 USA 50 Mile champion and last month she was the runner-up at the IAU 24-Hour World Championships in Poland as she logged 149.368 miles to set an American record. Gardner’s top challengers include Riva Johnson (Carlisle, Pa.) who won the Echo Valley Runs 50-Miler in Washington state in June and Kathleen Cusick (Knoxville, Tenn.) who won the Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run this summer.

For more information, visit www.usatf.org or  www.tusseymountainback.com.

Katie Branham
Marketing & Communications Manager
USA Track & Field
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