USATF Long Distance Running Notes - April 30- May 1, 2005


Jim Estes
LDR Programs Manager
USA Track & Field
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Minnesota Distance Invitational fills women's steeplechase field

The new Minnesota Distance Invitational, set for May 21 at Macalester College in St. Paul, has put together a top field for the women's 3000-meter steeplechase. Among the 15 athletes scheduled to compete are eight of the top 10 women steeplechasers in the U.S., including American record holder Briana Shook, Olympic Trials champion Ann Gaffigan, Carrie Messner, Elizabeth Jackson and Lisa (Aguilera) Galaviz. Shook is also ranked fourth in the world and Gaffigan is ninth in the world.

In addition, the field includes Lithuanian national record holder Rasa Troup, the Irish national record holder Roisin McGettigan, the 2003 Australian steeplechase champion Victoria Mitchell, and the British national record holder Jo Ankier. The women's 3000 meter steeplechase is now an Olympic program event that will be contested in 2008 and will be at the 2005 World Outdoor Championships in Helsinki in August as well.

"The field for our 3000 meter steeplechase is the best field assembled in the U.S. and the world so far this year," said meet director and Team USA Minnesota coach Dennis Barker. "All of these women are looking to get their qualifying marks for either U.S. or world championships so we expect a very competitive race."

The Minnesota Distance Invitational presented by Allianz is organized and hosted by Team USA Minnesota, a post-collegiate developmental training center for elite distance runners. The seven distance events at the invitational include the women's steeplechase, men's and women's 1500 meters, men's and women's 5000 meters, and men's and women's 10,000 meters. A prize purse of over $12,000 is available.

For more information about the invitational, the status of entries in all events and tickets, visit the web site at

Paul Aufdemberge runs pending U.S. Masters record

In his first track 10,000 since turning 40, Michigan's Paul Aufdemberge ran a pending U.S. Masters record of 30:04.43, finishing tenth in the invitational 10,000 at the Hillsdale "GINA" Relays. Aufdemberge was also named Male Track Athlete of the meet for his performance.

USATF Nebraska Half Marathon Championships

The Lincoln Half Marathon hosted the inaugural Nebraska LDR Championship event on Sunday May 1. Race organizers provided several avenues for USATF exposure including a booth at the pre-race expo, packet stuffed 3600 of newly printed Nebraska Association LDR brochures, $2500 in dedicated prize funds, and signage opportunities throughout the race weekend.

Individual and Club championship titles were at stake at this year's event. In the open categories, Team Nebraska Brooks members (and siblings) Mike & Gina Morgan captured the overall titles, Mike running a stellar 1:05:49 and sister Gina winning the overall female title in 1:21:13.

In the Club Championships component of the event, Team Nebraska Brooks took the men's & women's titles. With the Lincoln Track Club and the Omaha Running Club teams rounding out the top 3 teams.


1. Mike Morgan 1:05:48

2. Shadrack Kimeli 1:10:48

3. James McGown 1:10:50

4. Matt Hill 1:12:20

5. Sam Malmberg 1:12:35


1. Gina Morgan 1:21:13

2. Jessica Donner 1:21:31

3. Laura Ferguson 1:24:41

4. Kayte Tranel 1:25:20

5. Courtney Clinard 1:25:28

Masters Men:

1. Dave Johnson 1:15:11

2. Brian Bergt 1:16:27

3. Kurt Feine 1:17:04

Masters Women:

1. Deena Sughroe 1:32:24

2. Nancy Stanley 1:32:38

3. Roxi Erickson 1:33:35

Bonus for "unofficial" 4 Mile national record

The annual July 4th Hyde Park Blast, to take place in Cincinnati, Ohio will offer a $10,000 cash bonus to the 1st male or female U.S. runner who betters the 'unofficial' 4M national record for the distance, 17:39 by Gerard Donakowski in 1986 and 19:59 set by Colleen De Reuck in 2002, both at Peoria's Steamboat Classic.

Long Distance Running Calendar

Upcoming Team USA Events

May 30, 2005 - Bolder Boulder International Team Challenge, Boulder, Colorado

Upcoming Association Championships

May 14, 2005 Bank of the Ozarks Run For Their Lives 5 Km, Little Rock, Arkansas

May 21, 2005 USATF New England Association 12 km Championships, Bedford, New Hampshire

June 5, 2005 USATF New England Association 5km Championship, Lincoln, Rhode Island

Upcoming Association Grand Prix Events

2005 PA/USATF Road Race Grand Prix Schedule

2005 NJ/USATF Grand Prix Schedule

2005 Oregon/USATF Grand Prix Schedule

Upcoming USARC Events

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

September 5, 2005 - USA 20 km Championships, New Haven, Connecticut

September 11, 2005 - USA 5 km Championships, Providence, Rhode Island

October 2, 2005 - USA Marathon Championships Minneapolis, Minnesota

October 10, 2005 - USA Women's 10 km Championship Boston, Massachusetts

November 5, 2005 - USA Men's 10 km Championship Mobile, Alabama

Upcoming USA Masters Championships

June 4, 2005 - USA Women's Masters 5 km Championships, Albany, New York

August 7, 2005 - USA Masters 8 km Championships, Honolulu, Hawaii

September 25, 2005 - USA Masters 10 km Championships, Paso Robles, California

Upcoming Mountain/Ultra/Trail Events

June 4, 2005 - USA 10 km Trail Championships, Vail, Colorado

June 18-19 - 2005 USA 100 Mile Trail Championships, Loudonville, Ohio

July 30, 2005 - USA 50 Mile Trail Championships Crystal, Mountain, Washington

August 27, 2005 - USA 50 km Trail Championships, San Francisco, California

October 15, 2005 - USA 50 Mile Championships, Boalsburg, Pennsylvania

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