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USATF Podium Effort Project Middle/Long Distance Summit

December 14-16, 2006
Imperial Palace, Las Vegas, NV

About the Summit

The USATF is hosting the third annual Middle/Long Distance Summit in Las Vegas, Nev. Nearly 40 of the very best middle and long distance coaches will be on hand December 14-16 to exchange and share the most current and effective coaching/training methodology and science for middle and long distance runners. This very high qualitative and quantitative event is open to all interested coaches who would like to attend at their own expense; there is no registration fee for the summit.

"The Middle/Long Distance Podium Education Project is to bring together some of the best and most advanced minds and thinking about middle and long distance running," said Brooks Johnson, USATF High Performance Chair. "We have a special emphasis on those who have achieved success at the podium level."

Presenters will include Dr. Fabian Polo, Dr. Joe Vigil and Coaches Robert Gary and Terrence Mahon. Topics will include the areas of science, and coaching such as biomechanics, altitude training and peaking.

The event is organized around several concepts and objectives, including the identification of the Critical Zones and Critical Factors that impact performance in the areas of: Biomechanics; Overtraining and Peak Performance Markers; and Foot and Lower Leg Function and Strength.


Imperial Palace, in the heart of the famous Las Vegas Strip

Summit Cost

There is no fee to attend the summit.

Summit Registration

E-mail Amanda Payne to register.


Imperial Palace
$59.00/night + tax for Sun. -Thurs. nights
$69.00/night + tax for Fri. and Sat. nights
Deadline: Nov. 27, 2006

Call 800-800-2981 for reservations


Schedule of Presentations

as of 11/15/06

Thursday, December 14, 2006
4:00 p.m. Arrivals and check-in to Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino
6:00 First Session - Introduction and Orientation - Brooks Johnson
7:00 Anatomy, Function, and Health of Feet - Dr. Amol Saxena
8:00 Coach/Chiropractic Approach to Foot Health - Dr. Russ Ebbbets
9:00 Practical Applications and Benefits of Strong/Healthy Feet- Saxena/Ebbets
Friday, December 15, 2006
8:00 a.m. Biomechanical Analysis at Baylor Medical Center - Dr. Fabian Polo
9:15 Biomechanical Principles of Speed and Speed Development - Randy Huntington
10:30 Genomic Markers for Overtraining and Drug Detection - Dr. John Connolly
12:00 p.m. Lunch break
2:00 Critical/Critical Factor Training and Issues for 800-1500 - Jeff Atkinson, Joachim Cruz, Julie Henner, Terry Crawford, Al Schmidt, JJ Clark, Brooks Johnson
4:00 Critical Zone/Critical Factor Training and Issues for 3,000-5,000 - Gordon Thomson/Robert Gary, Terrence Mahon
Saturday, December 16, 2006
8:00 a.m. Critical Zone Training for 10,000 Meters and Marathon - Bob Larsen
9:30 Tapering As A Major Function of Success - Dr. Joe Vigil
11:00 Special Strength Drills and Exercise for Distance Runners - Terrence Macon
12:00 p.m. Lunch break
2:00 Open Panel Discussion - Critical Zones and Critical Factors for Successful Training and competition
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