News & Notes - USA Men’s 10 km title on the line Saturday

11-05-2004

Contact:
Jill Geer
USATF Director of Communications
USA Track & Field
508-695-0595

The USA Men's 10 km Championship will be contested Saturday (Nov. 6) on the roads of Mobile, Ala., as part of the Food World Senior Bowl Charity Run. The race will be hosting the Men's 10 km Championship for the fifth consecutive year.

Among the entrants in Saturday's championship are 2002 USA 10 km champion Ryan Kirkpatrick, who returns to the same race where he won his title; 2000 USA 10 km champion and Alabama native Scott Strand; two-time U.S. 1,500m champion Seneca Lassiter; 2003 USA 8 km runner-up and 2001 USA 25 km champion Chad Johnson; 2000 Olympic Trials marathon runner-up Peter De La Cerda; and 1994 NCAA 10,000m champion Teddy Mitchell.

A purse of $25,000 is up for grabs among Americans in the men's championship race, with $7,500 going to first, $5,000 for second and $3,500. Prize money continues through the top 15 places.

The Men's 10 km Championship is the concluding event on the 2004 USA Running Circuit, a USA Track & Field road racing series featuring USA Championships from 5 km to the marathon. Colleen DeReuck has secured the women's 2004 USARC overall title, with Ryan Shay earning men's honors, as no runner in the 10 km field is within striking distance of Shay in the standings.

The 2004 USARC offers a record $818,700 in guaranteed prize money with a final $12,500 grand prix purse ($6000, $4000 and $2500) for the top three men and women point scorers overall. At each USARC race, the first ten U.S. runners earn points (15 points for first, 12 for second, 10 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1), and Circuit points were doubled at the USA Marathon Championships.

The USA Running Circuit mission is to showcase, support and promote U.S. runners, and since its inception in 1995, the USARC and its races have provided over $4.7 million dollars to U.S. distance runners.

For more information on the 2004 USA Men's 10 km Championship, visit www.usatf.org