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Team USA announced for World Half-Marathon Championships in Portugal
9-25-2003

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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INDIANAPOLIS - USA Track & Field on Thursday announced the USA teams for the 12th IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships October 4 in Vilamoura, Portugal. Marla Runyan – a 2000 Olympian, three-time 5,000m USA track champion and multiple national champion on the roads – and 2003 USA women’s marathon champion Sara Wells lead the U.S. contingent.

Below are the five-member U.S. men and women’s teams with their best half-marathon performances:

Teren Jameson, 26, Salt Lake City, UT	1:05:06 (‘03)
Ryan Kirkpatrick, 25, Boulder, CO	  59:32 (20K-‘03)
Brian Sell, 25, Rochester Hills, MI	1:03:57 (‘02)
Scott Strand, 35, Birmingham, AL	1:05:13 (‘03)
Matt Thull, 28, Wauwatosa, WI	          47:54 (10Mi-‘03)

Christine Clifton, 31, Kirkland, WA	1:11:31 (‘03)
Magdalena Lewy, 30, Oakland, CA		1:13:29 (‘02)
Sylvia Mosqueda, 37, Los Angeles, CA	1:10:46 (‘02)
Marla Runyan, 34, Eugene, OR		1:11:19 (‘02)
Sara Wells, 24, Edina, MN		1:13:36 (‘03)

The team leaders are Joy Smith of Sugar Land, TX and Phillip Greenwald, New York, NY.

The 3.5 km multi-loop course – traversed 6 times – goes around the heart of Vilamoura, a port city in southern Portugal. The men’s championship race starts at 10 a.m. and the women’s 11:30 a.m.

Great Britain’s Paula Radcliffe, who recently set the world half-marathon best of 1:05:40 and holds the world marathon record, headlines the international field. With world titles and prize money at stake, individual and team races should be highly competitive in a championship that annually is one of the deepest and fastest road races in the world. Team scoring is accumulative time by the top three team members; the highest finishing third place runner will decide a tie.

The prize purse totals $245,000, with $140,000 for the top six individuals ($30,000, $15,000, $10,000, $7000, $5000 and $3000) and $105,000 for the top six teams ($15,000, $12,000, $9000, $7500, $6000 and $3000).

At the 2002 championships in Brussels, Belgium, Paul Kosgei of Kenya and Berhane Adere of Ethiopia won world titles in 1:00:39 and 1:09:06, respectively. Kenya won both team titles, while Team USA placed 10th in both men’s and women’s team competition. David Morris was the top American as he finished 26th in 1:03:26. Rosa Gutierrez was the top woman for Team USA, placing 52nd (1:16:28).

Best-ever U.S. individual finishes at the World Half-Marathon Championships are Clint Verran, 17th (1:05:56 in 2000) and Milena Glusac, 10th (1:13:53 in 2000). In 2000 and 1992, the women’s team had their best team finishes by placing 5th (3:49:03/3:35:32); in 1996 the men’s team was an all-time best 8th (3:13:52). The fastest American time was produced in 1992 by Bill Reifsnyder (1:02:00/18th). Sharing a time of 1:11:34, Gordon Bloch in 1992 (14th) and Milena Glusac in 2001 (24th) have posted the fastest U.S. women’s times.

The previous eleven World Championships were held in Tyneside, England (1992), Brussels, Belgium (1993), Oslo, Norway (1994), Montbeliard-Belfort, France (1995), Palma de Mallorca, Spain (1996), Kosice, Slovak Republic (1997), Zurich-Uster, Switzerland (1998), Palermo, Italy (1999), Veracruz, Mexico (2000) and Bristol, England (2001) and Brussels, Belgium (2002) respectively.

For more information about the World Half-Marathon Championships in Vilamoura, Portugal, visit the USATF website: http://www.usatf.org

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