USATF Long Distance Running Notes


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

Koerner, Kimball win USA 50 Mile Trail Championships

Hal Koerner and Nikki Kimball won the 2005 USA 50 Mile Trail Championships this past weekend at the White River 50 Mile in Crystal Lake, Wash. It was the first USA 50 Mile Trail Championship for Koerner and the third for Kimball, who finished in 7:15:33 and 7:46:31 respectively.

With temperatures in the 70's the course covered over 17,400' of total elevation change and was run in the shadow of Mt. Rainier over sections of technical trails, including several taxing climbs and descents.

For results visit

Team USA's Jason Lehmkuhle finishes as top American at Bix 7

Jason Lehmkuhle finished as the top American at the Bix 7 in Davenport, IA on Saturday, placing ninth overall in 33:34.

The race was won by Kenya's Gilbert Okari in 32:24. Lehmkuhle finished ahead of Americans Ryan Shay and Kyle Baker, who finished 11th (34:03) and 14th (34:39) respectively.

Lehmkuhle, a member of Team USA Minnesota, recently was named to the U.S. marathon team for the Helsinki World Championships when Scott Larson withdrew from the team with a hamstring injury in July. The IAAF World Championships in Athletics will be held in Helsinki, Finland August 6-14.

"Since I haven't raced in a while, and I'm mired in a marathon buildup. I was unsure about how sharp I'd be," said Lehmkuhle, a former Drake University All-American. "I thought that if I snuck into the top ten it would be a good race for me. All in all, I thought it was a good effort and it served as a great final tune up before Helsinki."

Casey Owens, an All-American from Southwest Missouri State ran 40:07 to finish ninth in the women's race, which was won by Romania's Nuta Olaru in 36:53.

Other USA Distance Center athlete news

ZAP Fitness athlete Ian Connor wrapped- up his 2005 summer racing season with a victory at the highly competitive Louise Mandrell 5k in Pigeon Forge, TN. Connor ran his final mile in 4:19 seconds to grab the victory over Kenya's George Misoi, running 14:16 to Misoi's 14:18. Connor, a member of the U.S. cross country team at the World Cross Country Championships, will return to action on September 11 at the USA 5 km Championships, held as part of the CVS Downtown 5 km in Providence, R.I.

Prize money for USATF Club Co-Ed 10 km Team Challenge announced

The prize money breakdown for the USATF Club Co-Ed 10 km Team Challenge, hosted by the Disney Race for the Taste has been announced.

In order to enter, Co-ed team runners must be a currently registered Club Team with USATF. 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, visit

Prize money:

A minimum of $14,000 in prize money will be awarded, as follows:


1- $4000

2- $3000

3- $2000

4- $1250

5- $750

40+, 50+, 60+, 70+

1- $500

2- $250

Each team will consist of a maximum of five (5) athletes, and must be made up of 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 entry information visit

USATF Elite Development Club link of the week - Club Northwest

Club Northwest was founded in 1972 from a number of smaller running clubs in the Seattle area, and began competing in the spring of 1973. CNW sent its first team to the cross country nationals in the fall of 1974, and has been represented every year since then by at least one individual. Don Kardong was the Club's first Olympian, finishing fourth in the marathon in Montreal '76.

Club Northwest continues to be heavily involved in the Pacific Northwest running community, and nationally with USA Track & Field. Kardong, a former CNW president, was USATF men's long distance running chair for six years in the 1990's. Former president Dr. Dean Ingram was USATF's first national secretary, a post later occupied by current USATF president and Club founder Bill Roe. Life member Kenny Emerick recently retired after nearly 20 years as PNTF youth chair. Many other members have been active on both the local and national scene.

For more information visit

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

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

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

Upcoming USATF Association Championships

September 18, 2005 - USATF Inland Northwest Assoc. 5 km Championships, Medical Lake, WA

October 2, 2005 - USATF New England Association 5 Mile Championship Boston, MA

October 8, 2005 - USATF Alaska Association Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships, Anchorage, AK

October 23, 2005 - USATF New Jersey Association 5 km Cross Country Championships Holmdel, NJ

October 30, 2005 - 2005 USATF New England Association Marathon Championship, Falmouth, MA

October 30, 2005 - USATF New Jersey Association 8 km Cross Country Championships, Readington, NJ

November 6, 2005 - USATF North Carolina Association Junior Olympic XC Championships, Pleasant Garden, NC

November 12, 2005 - USATF Inland Northwest Assoc. Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships, Spokane, WA

November 19, 2005 - USATF New England Association Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships, Smithfield, RI

November 20, 2005 - USATF Region 2 Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships, Holmdel, NJ

December 10, 2005 USATF Georgia Association 10 Mile Championship, Dalton, GA

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