INDIANAPOLIS – USA Olympians Janet Bawcom, Jen Rhines and Colleen De Reuck lead the way at the USA Women’s 10 Mile Championship this Sunday, hosted by the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run in Washington, DC.
The USA Women’s 10 Mile Championship is the third stop on the USA Running Circuit (USARC), which will conclude this fall with the .US National Road Racing Championships. The top ten finishers at each race on the circuit qualify to compete in the .US National Road Racing Championships.
2012 Olympian, and two-time defending USARC champion, Bawcom enters as the pre-race favorite. Coming off her dominating win at the USA 15 km Championships in March, Bawcom looks to continue her USARC racing success.
Rhines and De Reuck both look to kick off their 2013 racing seasons with impressive performances, along with taking home a portion of the $14,400 prize purse. Rhines, a three-time USA Olympian, continues to prove she’s among the very best in the United States on the roads, while De Reuck, who competed for the U.S. at the 2004 Olympic Games, continues to inspire at 48 years old.
Notable front-runner Renee Metivier-Baillie is also entered. Metivier-Baillie, who tied for seventh in the 2012 USARC standings, looks to take another step forward at this weekend’s race, after finishing as the top American at the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, with the fifth fastest debut in U.S. history with her 2:27:17 effort.
Boulder-based Brianne Nelson and Providence-based Katie DiCamillo look to build upon impressive 2013 performances. Nelson finished fourth at the USA 15 km Championships in March and 11th at the USA Cross Country Championships. Not to be overlooked, DiCamillo enters coming off a successful seventh place finish at the USA 15 km Championships, while finishing fifth at the USA 10 Mile Championships in 2012.
Other women to challenge for top five finishes include 2012 USA 10 Mile Championship eighth place finisher Ladia Albertson Junkans, USA 15 km Championship tenth place finisher Kellyn Johnson, 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials seventh place finisher Clara Grandt and Flagstaff-based Alvina Begay.
Live text updates of the USA 10 Mile Championships will be available at www.USARunningCircuit.com
beginning at 7:20 a.m. ET. A live feed of both the men’s and women’s races will be available at www.cherryblossom.org
beginning at 7:20 a.m. ET. Video of the race, post-race interviews and photos will be available shortly after the race in cooperation with RunnerSpace.com. Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #USARC
About the USARC
The USARC is a USA Track & Field road series featuring USA championships from one mile through the marathon and consistently attracts the best American distance runners with more than $500,000 to be awarded in total prize money. A total of $15,000 in prize money will be awarded at the USA Women's 10 Mile Championship.
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 those earning the most points receiving prize money at the end of the series.
The mission of the USARC is to showcase, support and promote U.S. runners. Since its inception in 1995, the USARC and its races have provided over $7 million to U.S. distance runners.
Contributed by Scott Bush