USATF Long Distance Running Notes - July 9-10, 2005


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

Jason Lehmkuhle added to U.S. marathon team for Helsinki

Team USA Minnesota athlete Jason Lehmkuhle has been added to the marathon team roster for the upcoming IAAF World Championships in Athletics. He replaces Scott Larson, who withdrew last week with a hamstring injury.

Lehmkuhle is a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was an All-American in the 5,000m and 10,000m. His personal bests during college included a 13:59 in the 5000 and 28:44 in the 10,000, which qualified him to compete in the 2000 Olympic Trials in the 10,000 meters.

At the 2004 U.S. Men's Olympic Marathon Trials in Birmingham, Lehmkuhle finished 10th overall with a personal best time of 2:16:27.

Earlier this year, Lehmkuhle finished third at the USA Half Marathon Championships in a personal best of 1:04:08 and was a member of the U.S. team that competed at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in St Galmier, France, where he finished 80th in the long course competition.

For more information on the 2005 IAAF World Championships in Athletics visit

American Team heads to Austria for World 24-Hour Run Competition

For the third consecutive year an American team will be at the starting line at the World 24-Hour Run, the longest annual world title event endorsed by the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) and recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). This year, the third annual version of the world's premier all day-all night run will be hosted by the small Austrian village of Worschach, in the foothills of the Austrian Alps, on the weekend of July 16-17.

Last year when the event was held in the Czech Republic town of Brno, the American women won the team bronze medal.

The American National Team includes the following athletes:


Sue Olsen, 48, Burnsville, Minnesota

Sandy Powell, 48, Greenville, Virginia

Carolyn Smith, 40, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Rudy Afanador, 46, Medford, New York

Scott Eppelman, 38, Coppell, Texas

John Geesler, 46, St. Johnsville, New York

Dean Karnazes, 42, San Francisco, California

Roy Pirrung, 57, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Danny Ripka, 48, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Olsen, Afanador, Geesler, and Pirrung are all former National 24-hour run champions. Geesler currently holds the American Record for 48 hours (road or track). The 57-year old Pirrung, who doubles as team organizer and is affectionately known as the squad's "player-coach," breaks his own record (set last year) as the most senior athlete ever named to a national athletics team. He won his first national 24-hour run championship title in 1988, set the American 24-hour road record (154+ miles) the following year, and a decade later set an American 48-hour run record (243+ miles) which stood until Geesler broke it by running 248+ miles in two days in 2003.

Karnazes has gained notoriety by virtue of his recent overall win in the 135+ mile nonstop race from Death Valley to Mount Whitney, and the media attention which followed, including appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Nightline, and reports in Time Magazine, The New York Times, and Sports Illustrated, among many others media outlets. Karnazes' autobiography, Ultramarathon Man, has recently become an international bestseller.

The American National Team's results from next weekend's World 24-hour will be reported on the website of the American Ultrarunning Association

Sorenson, Riedy win USATF Pacific Association titles

Jim Sorensen (Nike Farm Team) 38, claimed his fourth USATF Pacific Association Road Mile Championship at the Fleet Feet Davis Mile on Sunday, July 10, in Davis, Calif.

The 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials 1500-meter runner-up slowly made his way to the front and took the lead with a quarter mile to go. He also won in 1998, 2003, and 2004. "It was a little sluggish to start off and with a half mile to go I started to move up," Sorensen said. "I saw the leaders way up there, so I really had to bear down to catch up.

Former Cal-Berkeley All-American and 2-time California state 1600m champion Elissa Riedy (Transports Adidas) easily won the open women's race, leading wire to wire.

With 13 heats and over 300 finishers, this was the tenth running of the Fleet Feet Davis Mile as well has the tenth year for the race to host the USATF Pacific Association Road Mile Championship. For more information visit,


Men -

1. Jim Sorensen, 38, CA 4:10.8 $200

2. Stephen Springhorn, 23, CA 4:12.0 100

3. Richie Boulet, 32, CA 4:13.8 50

4. Kevin Pierpoint, 29, CA 4:19.4

5. Alex Mason, 24, CA 4:19.4

13 & Under: Wesley Larowe, 11, CA 5:56.5

14-19: Samir Benouar, 17, CA 4:47.0

40-49: Bill Bushnell, 40, CA 4:35.7 125

50-59: Arthur Beckert, 54, CA 5:01.2 50

60-69: Fred Martin, 61, CA 5:26.8

70-79: Roger Fong, 71, CA 6:31.4

80+: George Billingsley, 83, CA 10:33.3

Women -

1. Elissa Riedy, 27, CA 4:52.6 $200

2. Anne Gunnison, 25, CA 5:11.0 100

3. Heather Tanner, 27, CA 5:11.4 50

4. Vanessa Lordi, 28, CA 5:12.4

5. Angie Morey, 26, CA 5:12.5

40-49: Jenny Hitchings, 42, CA 5:29.1 125

50-59: Melinda Morse, 53, CA 6:05.9 50

60-69: Shirley Matson, 64, CA 6:09.8

70+: Po Adams, 81, CA 11:54.1

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

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