USATF Long Distance Running Notes - April 9-10, 2005


Jim Estes
LDR Programs Manager
USA Track & Field
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USARC Standings

After his victory at the USA Men's 10 Mile Championships this past weekend, 2004 Olympian Abdi Abdirahman, of Tucson, Ariz., took the lead in the 2005 USARC standings. Abdirahman leads the circuit with 33 points, Matt Lane of Palo Alto, Calif., is in second with 23 points and defending USARC champion, Ryan Shay, of East Jordan, Mich., is in third with 22 points.

The women's USARC is currently lead by 2004 Olympic marathoner Jen Rhines, of Ardmore, Pa., with 27 points. 2004 Olympic Marathon bronze medalist, Deena Kastor, of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., is in second with 15 points and 2004 Olympian Elva Dryer, of Albuquerque, N.M., is third with 12 points.

The next USARC event is the USA 25 km Championships, hosted by the Fifth Third River Bank Run in Grand Rapids, Mich., on May 14. It will be the fifth stop on the circuit for the men and the third for the women.

The USA Running Circuit (USARC), a USA Track & Field road series, features USA Championships from 5 km to the marathon and attracts the best U.S. distance runners. The eleventh edition for the men and tenth for the women, the 2005 circuit has nine events for men and seven events for women.

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 a final $12,500 grand prix purse ($6000, $4000, and $2500) for the top three men and women point scorers overall. The USARC points at the USA Marathon Championships will be doubled.

The mission of the USA Running Circuit is to showcase, support, and promote U.S. runners. Since its inception in 1995, the USARC and its races have provided over $4 million dollars to U.S. distance runners.

For more information on the 2005 USARC visit

Amy Rudolph Wins Great BUPA Ireland Run

Amy Rudolph defeated former Olympic 5,000 meter silver medalist Sonia O'Sullivan in Saturday's Great BUPA Ireland Run in Dublin.

The pair dueled over the final 600 meters of the 10-kilometre road race in Phoenix Park, before the two-time U.S. Olympian edged ahead to win by two seconds in 32 minutes, 16 seconds.

"I knew I was in good shape after finishing third in the USA 8km Championships two weeks ago," said Rudolph after lowering O'Sullivan's 2003 course record by eight seconds. "I felt really strong but when Sonia made the break at 600m, I was hanging in and at one point thought she had me."

Beijing International Women's Ekiden

Team USA finished fourth at the 2005 Beijing International Women's Ekiden on Sunday, April 10.

The team of Briana Shook, Samia Akbar, Sabrina Monro, Patricia Nervo and Erika Aklufi ran nearly four minutes faster than last year in the 19th annual running of the event, which was contested on the streets of China's capitol city, which is also the host of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. Team USA finished with a total time of 2 hours, 25 minutes and 20 seconds. The Ekiden was won by Ethiopia with 2:18:08.


1 ETH 2:18:08

Sintayehu Ejigu 0:15:51

E. Kumma 0:32:58

Mestawot Tuffa 0:15:52

Aheza Kiros 0:33:56

Amane Gonena 0:15:40

Y.Ayane 0:23:51

2 CHN 2:19:36

Zhang Chong 0:16:13

Sun Yingjie 0:32:50

Bai Xue 0:16:20

Zhu Yanmei 0:34:14

Wang Shijuan 0:16:15

Xing Huina 0:23:44

3 JPN 2:24:32

Matsvoka Noiko 0:16:20

Machida Yuko 0:33:46

Watanabe Ikvmi 0:16:37

Haga Marina 0:36:22

Fujita Mayumi 0:16:50

Hori Kanako 0:24:37

4 USA2:25:20

Briana Shook 0:16:37

Samia Akbar 0:34:41

Lucinda Hull 0:16:42

Sabrina Monro 0:35:18

Patricia Nervo 0:16:42

Erika Aklufi 0:25:20

5 UKR 2:29:40

Mara Valeriya 0:17:57

L. Margaryta 0:35:20

Ignatava Yulia 0:17:47

Dubovik Olesya 0:36:03

S. Oxana 0:16:42

Ruban Yuliya 0:25:51

Orange Park Runner Sets Pending American 20 kilometer Track Record

John Metzgar, in his track debut, set a pending American Masters track record for 20 kilometers by three minutes in 1:08:21 on April 2 in Jacksonville, FL.

The event required 50 laps on the 400 meter Bolles School oval and was organized by the Jacksonville Track Club and sanctioned by USA Track & Field. Four runners took part in the event. Sean McCormack, 43, winner of the 2004 Jacksonville Marathon, also bettered the old record of 1:11:36 set by Truman Clark in Santa Monica, CA on 9/12/76 by finishing second in 1:10:34.3.

Upcoming USARC Events

May 14, 2005 - USA 25 km Championships, Grand Rapids, MI

Upcoming Team USA Events

May 30 - Bolder Boulder International Team Challenge, Boulder, CO

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