USATF Long Distance Running Notes - May 21-22, 2005


Jim Estes
LDR Programs Manager
USA Track & Field
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Freihofer's Run for Women to host USA 5 km Women's Master's Championship

The Freihofer's Run for Women has a long tradition of attracting the best masters athletes in the country for the USA 5 km Women's Masters Championship. Last year Colleen De Reuck set the Masters 5 km world record with a blistering 15:47, finishing 3rd overall and leading a pageant of world-class masters ladies, including Carmen Ayala-Troncoso, Debbi Kilpatrick-Morris, Joan Nesbit-Mabe, and Monica Joyce to the finish.

After last year's onslaught of the 40-and-over crowd, 1984 Olympic gold medalist and race spokesperson Joan Benoit Samuelson summed it up well - "strongest U.S. masters field ever." She should know.

This year, the 27th edition of the event, set for Saturday, June 4 in downtown Albany, should be no different. Heading the field will be Ayala-Troncoso, Kilpatrick-Morris, Nesbit-Mabe and Joyce.

The 2005 race will be the 15th straight Freihofer's for Troncoso, dating all the way back to 1991. In that span, Troncoso has earned six top-10 finishes in the open race, finishing as high as 4th in 1993. Her masters record since 1999 is even more remarkable - three victories, one runner-up, and one 3rd place. She is the odds-on favorite to pick up her 4th masters title this year.

Event sponsors include the Charles Freihofer Baking Company (a division of George Weston Bakeries Inc.), Price Chopper Supermarkets, B95.5 FM, NewsChannel 13 and The Clarion Hotel of Albany.

Entries for the 2005 USA Women's Masters 5 kmChampionship (in alphabetical order):

Janice Addison, Carmen Ayala-Troncoso, Margaret Betz, Rosalvo Bonilla, Leslie Chaplin-Swann, Victoria Crisp, Toshika D'Elia, Lee DiPietro, Sharon Dolan, Gloria Jansen, Joy Johnson, Marie-Louise Michelsohn, Monica Joyce, Debbi Kilpatrick-Morris, Sarah Kramer, Catherine Lempesis, Kathryn Martin, Shirley Matson, Barbara Miller, Joan Nesbit-Mabe, Janet Robertz, Mary Rosado, Catherine Wides

Disney 10K Classic to host USATF Club Co-Ed 10 km Team Challenge

At the Race for the Taste 10K, October 9, 2005 held in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the EPCOT® International Food and Wine Festival, athletes have the opportunity to compete for a minimum of $14,000 in prize money as a part of the USATF Club Co-Ed 10 km Team Challenge. Athletes can finish the race, and then experience the taste!

The USATF Club Co-Ed 10 km Team Challenge will consist of USATF registered club teams. For more information on registering your club through your local association, as well as a prize-money breakdown, visit

All athletes entering as part of a team for the USATF Club Co-Ed 10 km Team Challenge must be 2005 members of the USATF and affiliated with that club as part of their USATF membership. Each team will consist of a maximum of five (5) athletes, and must be made up to a maximum of three men and a minimum of two women. For scoring purposes, three athletes will score, one of which must be a female. Team finish order will be based on the lowest combined team time.

For more information on Disney's Race for the Taste 10K, visit

A visit with Team USA Minnesota

On Saturday May 21, Glenn Latimer, USATF Men's LDR, Chair attended the Minnesota Distance Invitational. While in the Twin Cities, he took the opportunity to visit the Team USA Minnesota along with Jim Estes, LDR Programs Manager for USA Track & Field.

The visit provided an opportunity to visit with Program Administrator Pat Goodwin and Coach Dennis Barker to discuss the Team USA Minnesota program, philosophy and goals, as well as touring the training facilities and areas.

"Just as last week, when I visited the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, we observed good people running a great program," said Latimer. "Team USA Minnesota is achieving excellent success in developing elite USA long distance runners."

The highlight of the weekend was the Minnesota Distance Invitational, which provided Team USA Minnesota with a chance to showcase the athletes that call the Twin Cities home.

Though conditions were less than ideal, several Team USA Minnesota athletes saw success as Carrie Tollefson and Katie McGregor went 1-2 in the Women's 5,000 and Matt Gabrielson took first-place in the Men's 5,000.

In addition to the local team, athletes from other development programs including Hansons-Brooks, Zap Fitness and the Indian Invaders took part in the inaugural event.

The Minnesota Distance Invitational was 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 total prize purse of $12,000 was paid.

The presenting sponsor for the invitational was Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America. Individual events where sponsored by Land O'Lakes Inc.- women's 3000 meter steeplechase, Crown Marking - women's 1500 meters, Marathon Sports - women's 5000 meter run and the Twin Cities Marathon - men's 5000 meters and women's 10,000 meters.

For more information, including results, visit the web site at


The USATF Georgia Association is holding its first ever LDR Grand Prix Series in 2005. There are eight races in the series, which began in February with the Georgia Association 50 km championship and ends in December with the Georgia Association 10 mile championship. The top point earners in the series will vie for a total prize purse of $2400. Please see the LDR "Quick Link" for more information."

Long Distance Running Calendar

Upcoming Association Championships

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

Upcoming Association Grand Prix Events

2005 USATF Georgia Association LDR Grand Prix Series

2005 USATF Pacific Association 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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