USATF Long Distance Running Notes - June 4-5, 2005


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

Carmen Troncoso wins USA Women's Masters 5 km Championship

Running in her 15th Freihofer's Run for Women, 46-year-old Carmen Troncoso on Saturday won the USA 5K Masters Championship, bringing her total to four USA Women's Masters 5 km Championships (1999-00 and 2003). Her time of 17:07 placed her 18th overall and earned her $750.

"I had a great run, from beginning to end," said the Austin, Texas resident. "It was really tough, though".

Second and third in the masters national championship were the 2004 USA 25 km champion, Debbi Kilpatrick-Morris, 41, (17:10) and Marisa Hanson, 41, (17:27) respectively.

Event sponsors included 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.

Steamboat Classic 4 Mile Race

The 32nd edition of the Steamboat Classic 4 Mile Race will be held this Saturday, June 11, in downtown Peoria, Illinois, which promises to be the epitome of high-powered international road racing, with top athletes vying for a potential prize purse of $40,000.

Included in the elite Steamboat field for 2005 are several former Steamboat champions. They are headed by 2004 champion Luke Kipkosgei (Kenya), who won in a time of 17:36, and 2003 women's champion Constantina Tomescu-Dita (Romania), who won the in a time of 20:15.

Also included in the field are representatives of four USA Distance Centers. Athletes from Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, Big Sur Distance Project, ZAP Fitness and Team USA Minnesota will compete.

Three members of the Hansons-Brooks Development Program will return to Steamboat and race in the Steamboat 15k race. Tent Briney, Brian Sell and Clint Verran are members of Team USA for the Men's Marathon at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Helsinki, Finland in August, 2005, and all are members of Hansons-Brooks.

Along with Hansons teammate Sabrina Monro, Sell, Briney and Verran and Coach Keith Hanson will hold a coaching clinic with elementary school children from the Wilder Waite School at 10:00am Friday, June 10 outside the Gateway Building. Known as 'Martin's Milers' the group is coached by teacher Colleen Martin, and Illinois Valley Striders member.

In 2005, the race will be shown on Peoria's CBS affiliate, WEEK - TV 25 at 6:30 PM on Saturday, June 11 in same day tape delayed format.

New additions to the Big Sur Distance Project

The Big Sur Distance Project recently announced the most recent athletes to join the program. Alisha Williams and Lyle Weese bring the total roster to eight athletes.

Alisha Williams had an outstanding four years at Western Colorado State, where she was a four-time Division II All-American, including a third-place finish at the 2004 NCAA Division-II Cross Country Championships. On the track, she was two-time national indoor champion in the mile and a five-time Division II All-American. She was a four-time outdoor national champion and seven-time All-American. She recently won the 1,500m and 3,000m meter 2005 D-II outdoor titles. In addition to her collegiate honors, she also competed in the 1,500m event at last year's U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento, California.

Lyle Weese was captain of the first Montana State University Cross Country team to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Weese placed 19th at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, earning All-America honors. While competing in indoor track, Lyle was a 2-time Div I All-American in the 3,000 meters and was the 2003 Big Sky Conference Champion in the 5,000 meters. Outdoors, he added the Big Sky Conference 5,000m and steeplechase crowns. He was All-American in the steeplechase, placing 5th during the 2003 outdoor season.

The Big Sur Distance Project, located in Carmel, Calif., was created in late 2004 in a collaborative effort with coach Bob Sevene, the Big Sur International Marathon, California State University at Monterey Bay, and Reebok. The project is designed to provide post-collegiate runners the opportunity to develop into national and international caliber athletes by offering coaching, housing, and travel expenses. The Big Sur Distance Project is one of the few training centers in the United States where athletes live and train together under one coach.

The Big Sur athletes are actively involved in the Just Run Program, which was started in 2004. The program is designed to promote healthy lifestyles and fitness to children of all ages. The athletes serve as role models and along with Director Mike Dove, frequently visit local schools to encourage kids to participate in local running events.

For more information on The Big Sur Distance Project visit

Indiana Invaders offer Thousand Dollar Challenge

The Indiana Invaders are offering a "Thousand Dollar Challenge" to America's top middle distance and distance athletes competing in the American Milers Club High Performance Series. Races are scheduled for July 6th, July 9th, and July 12th.

For the July 12 race, $1000 will go to the best meet performance in the 800 or 1500 where the performance exceeds the following standards, 1:46.00/3:38.00 for men or 2:03.00/4:10.00 for women. Power Tables will be used to determine the single winner of this $1000 challenge. This prize money would be split if a tie exists after applying the Power Tables. To be eligible an athlete must have raced in one of previous two dates of the series (July 6th &/or July 9th) to be eligible for prize monies on the 12th.

Invaders Director Greg Harger said, "We are putting our money where our mouth is on the culmination of this high performance race series. We think our athletes will win these races and we are challenging all participants to run fast and compete head-to-head." Harger added, "We have secured appropriate rabbits for the men's 800 & 1500 meter races and are working to secure similar rabbits for the women's events. We will continue to look to establish some additional prize money for the Top 5 performances of the AMC series both for this year's race series and for future years."

The American Milers Club High Performance Series is an outgrowth of meets hosted by the Indiana Invaders in 2004 to meet the needs of Elite Athlete Development programs from throughout the country. For the July 12th meet there will also be open and community races at the venue.

Races on July 6 and 9 will be held on Indiana University's Billy Hayes Track in Bloomington, Indiana. Grand Finale Races will be held on July 12th on the Center Grove High School track before hundreds of cheering spectators. The July 9 day of competition, in addition to the 800 and 1500 meter races, will feature a national class steeplechase race. The July 12 competition, in addition to the 800 and 1500 meter races, will feature a national class 5,000 race.

Participating athletes and coaches from America's finest USATF Elite Development Club's are committed to pursuing World Championship "A" standards and USATF National Championship Qualifying times for the USA National Outdoor Championships scheduled for Indianapolis, Indiana in 2006.

For more information visit American Milers Club High Performance Series:

Long Distance Running Calendar

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

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 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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