USATF Long Distance Running Notes - June 25-26, 2005


Jim Estes
LDR Programs Manager
USA Track & Field
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U.S. 100Km Team Scores a Gold Medal in Japan

At the 2005 IAU 100Km World Cup in Lake Saroma, Hokkaido, Japan on June 26, the American women's team earned a gold medal, led by second-place finisher and silver medalist Anne Riddle-Lundblad, 38, Asheville, N.C. Riddle-Lundblad posted a time of 7 hours, 54 minutes, 22 seconds, just 40 seconds out of first place after a grueling 62.1 miles.

Second for the American women was Nikki Kimball, 33, (Bozeman, Mont.), who placed seventh in 8:22:58. Rounding out the scoring and also finishing in the top 10 was Tanya Pacev, 44 (Lakewood, Colo.), ninth with a time of 8:29:19. The second-place team from France was nearly 14 minutes behind the Americans. (The top three team members finish times are added together for the total.)

Ann Heaslett, 41 (Madison, Wis.) ran a solid 8:55:50 to place 13th and Anthea Schmid, 33, (Crested Butte, Colo.) was 16th in 9:11:55. Karen Scott, 37, (Florissant, Colo.) did not finish.

Howard Nippert was the only U.S. man to finish in the top ten, but two of his teammates finished with PRs including Patrick Russell, 28 (Duluth, Minn.) in 16th place with a time of 7:14:48, and Greg Crowther, 31 (Seattle, Wash.) in 20th with a time of 7:20:51. The team score put the men in fourth position after France, Japan, and Germany.

Scott Creel, 42, (Bozeman, Mont.) was 285h in 7:47:17, and Mark Werner, 32, (Boulder, Colo) was 51st in 8:41:45.

The USATF Selection Process and the lists of men's and women's performances that MUT used to select the 2005 team and alternates is available at:

USA Distance Center Athletes stepping on to the world stage

Placing a total of eight athletes on the U.S. team that will compete in events ranging from the 10,000 to the marathon at the IAAF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland, USA Distance Center athletes continued to demonstrate the success of the various programs that are vital to the resurgence of elite U.S. long distance running.

The marathon team named last month includes an unprecedented three athletes from the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project. The USA Outdoor Track & Field provided a stage for several USA Distance Center athletes to showcase their respective programs progress towards developing U.S. distance runners at the highest level.

Perhaps most notable was the USA 10,000 meter championship won by Team USA Minnesota's Katie McGregor. Her time of 31:33.82 and first place finish earned her a trip to the IAAF Track & Field World Championships.

"Katie had a great race at the championships this past weekend against a deep field of competitors," said Team USA Minnesota coach Dennis Barker. "She has improved a lot this year and ran at or near the front during the entire race. Certainly her kick in the final 300 meters indicated she has both the competitive drive and ability to obtain the victory. We're so proud that Katie is the third national champion on our team."

McGregor and two other USA Distance Center athletes, Blake Russell of the Big Sur Distance Project and Jen Rhines of Team Running USA, make up the squad that will represent the U.S. in the 10,000 at the world championships. Russell was second in a personal best of 31:35.25 and Rhines third in 31:37.20.

On the men's side, USA Distance Center athletes Abdi Abdirahman and Meb Keflezighi of Team Running USA went first and second, respectively, in the 10,000 to capture two spots on the Helsinki team. Though they didn't make the team, solid performances were also turned in by the Big Sur Distance Project's James Carney, fourth in 28:35.95, and Joe Driscoll of ZAP Fitness, who finished in sixth-place running a personal best of 28:37.97.

The USA Distance Centers and The USA Distance project are devoted to sustaining the long-term development of elite USA distance athletes so that they can compete successfully in both domestic and international competitions, including major championship events.

For more information on the IAAF World Championships in Athletics on August 6-14, visit

2006 WALT DISNEY WORLD Marathon Weekend Team Challenge

It is not too late to form a team for the 2006 WALT DISNEY WORLD® Marathon Weekend. Form a group of 3-5 runners and compete for team awards! (Please note that this is not a relay). To register as a team, all runners must register for the same race individually. Team members then must complete a team entry form. In addition to being eligible to compete for team prizes, team members will receive a special team bib number, access to the Team Reunion area at the Finish Line, and exclusive Team Check-In at Disney's Health and Fitness Expo. For more information on team registration, visit

2006 WALT DISNEY WORLD Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge

Are you Goofy enough to take on the biggest challenge in WALT DISNEY WORLD® Marathon history?

With the Half Marathon taking place on Saturday, and the Marathon run on Sunday, several athletes are taking the ultimate challenge and running them both. If you are looking for a new way to experience the WALT DISNEY WORLD® Marathon Weekend, we invite you to be a part of Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge. Athletes who complete both the Half Marathon and the Marathon will receive the first ever Goofy Medal, in addition to receiving the Donald Medal for the Half Marathon and the Mickey Medal for the Full Marathon. The challenge has been made, you too can be Goofy enough to accept! To be a part of the first ever Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge, simply sign up for both the Half Marathon and the Marathon! To register for both races today, visit today.

Summer Training Program for High School Distance Runners - Weeks 1-2

By Larry Eder, Summer 2005, Athletes Only

Let's face it, summer training is the key to your success not only next cross country season, but next track season. The miles that you put in this summer, and the other training you do, will give you the base you need to succeed in cross country and outdoor track and field.

For six years now, Athletes Only has done summer training programs and we are continuing that tradition. We will do 12 weeks of summer training, which can be used by anyone who is able to run 40 minutes at one time. Pretty simple.

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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, CT

September 11, 2005 - USA 5 km Championships, Providence, R.I.

October 2, 2005 - USA Marathon Championships Minneapolis, MN

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

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

Upcoming USA Masters Championships

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

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

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

Upcoming Mountain/Ultra/Trail Events

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

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

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

Upcoming Team USA Events - Ultra

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

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