USATF Long Distance Running Notes - May 14-15, 2005


Jim Estes
LDR Programs Manager
USA Track & Field
317-261-0500 x315

USARC Standings

After his victory at the USA 25 km Championships this past weekend, 2005 World Championships marathoner Brian Sell moved into second with 31 points in the 2005 USA Running Circuit (USARC) standings. Abdi Abdirahman leads the circuit with 33 points, and Chris Graff is in third with 29 points.

The women's USARC is currently led 2004 Olympic marathoner Jen Rhines with 27 points. Jenny Crain, a member of the 2005 U.S. World Championships marathon team, is in second with 23 points, and 2004 Olympic marathoner Colleen De Reuck, the 2005 USA 25 km champion, is in third with 22 points.

The next USARC event is the USA 20 km Championships, hosted by the New Alliance New Haven Road Race, on September 5. It will be the sixth stop on the circuit for the men and the fourth for the women.

The USARC is a USA Track & Field road series, featuring 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

Minnesota Distance Invitational on May 21 Features Strong Women's 10,000m Field

The Minnesota Distance Invitational presented by Allianz has announced the women's fieldfor the 10,000 meter run on May 21. The women's 10,000 meters is sponsored by the Twin Cities Marathon.

Entrants include runners from a number of national training centers including Team USA Minnesota, Zap Fitness, Hansons-Brooks and the Indiana Invaders, along with runners from the New York Athletic Club, See Jane Run and Nike. International athletes include competitors from Brazil and Sweden. Thepersonal bestsrange from 32:45 to33:58 minutes for the 12 women who areentered in the competition. Kathy Newberry, from the New York Athletic Club, has the top qualifying mark of 32:45.

The Minnesota Distance Invitational is organized and hosted by Team USA Minnesota, a post-collegiate training center for elite distance runners. The six events at the invitational include the women's 3000 meter steeplechase, the women's 10,000 meter run, and the 1500 and 5000 meter events for both men and women. A prize purse of$12,000 is available.

The Minnesota Distance Invitational starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Macalester College Track in St. Paul. For more information, including the status of entries in all events, schedule and tickets, visit the web site at

A visit with the Hansons-Brooks ODP

The USATF National 25k Championships were held at the Fifth Third River Bank Run in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 14, 2005. While attending the race, USATF men's LDR chair Glenn Latimer used the occasion to visit the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project in the suburban Detroit area. The program is one of several elite athlete developmental programs for long distance running under the "Team USA" umbrella.

From May 12 to 15 Latimer visited the three houses used by the athletes in the program and met with the athletes several times. He also saw many of their training routes using the numerous dirt roads in the area, plus over fifty miles of trails, and several areas of hard-surfaced marked and measured trails, and several all-weather tracks. Kevin and Keith Hanson were able to explain how they select athletes for the program, their Tier System, the advantages of training in a four-season environment, and the rewards and benefits system for athletes.

"I was very impressed with the Hansons' set-up," said Latimer. "They have a terrific training environment in beautiful surroundings. It wasn't at all what I expected to see. They really understand the steps necessary in elite athlete development for Team USA, and this is exactly the type of program we will support and help identify potential sources of funding in the near future."

A sure sign of their progress, the Hansons' program has placed three athletes (Trent Briney, Clint Verran and Brian Sell) on the USA Team for the Men's Marathon at the IAAF World Championships in Helsinki in August.

Latimer intends to visit other distance centers in the near future, including Team USA Minnesota, when he attends the Minnesota Distance Invitational this weekend.

Details about the Hansons-Brooks ODP program are available at

Washington D.C. retains Metropolitan Cup

Washington, D.C., Mayor Anthony A. Williams announced that Washington, D.C., has retained the Metropolitan Cup, awarded to the fittest Metropolitan Washington jurisdiction for the second straight year. The Cup is awarded based on results from the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile competition held in Washington on April 3.

The Metropolitan Cup is a team competition among teams from Washington and surrounding Maryland and Virginia counties. Teams consisting of the fastest 50 men, 30 women, and the next 10 runners of either sex are drawn from finishers from Washington, DC; Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties in Maryland; and Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties in Virginia.

The Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile is Washington's only world-class running event, featuring the world's finest road runners competing for $31,000 in prize money. 8,500 runners from throughout the Washington area and across the country participate.

Long Distance Running Calendar

Upcoming Association Championships

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 USATF Pacific Road Race Grand Prix Schedule

2005 USATF New Jersey Grand Prix Schedule

2005 USATF Oregon Grand Prix Schedule

Upcoming USARC Events

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

October 2, 2005 - USA Masters Marathon Championships Minneapolis, Minnesota

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

Upcoming Team USA Events - Ultra

June 26, 2005 IAU 100 km World Cup Lake Saroma, Hokkaido, JPN

July 16-17, 2005 IAU 24-Hour World Challenge Worschach, AUT

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