World Championships marathon recap
The men's and women's U.S. teams continued to show improvement on the international scene turning in solid performances at this year's IAAF World Championships in Athletics, which once again doubled as the World Cup Marathon.
The men's race was won by Jaouad Gharib of Morocco in 2:10:10. Brian Sell led the U.S. men, running 2:13:27 for ninth-place, the first top-ten finish since Steve Plasencia's tenth-place in 1995. Sell's time was also just nine seconds off his personal best and was the fastest time ever run by an American at the World Championships marathon.
In the World Cup team standings, Japan successfully defended their team title with a combined time of 6:38:39 finishing ahead of Kenya (6:46:38), Ethiopia (6:52:14) and the U.S. (6:53:55).
"I thought finishing fourth as a team was real significant," said Clint Verran, the U.S.'s second finisher. Team-mate Peter Gilmore added, "It's a great showing for the U.S.A. Everyone had the guts to finish and was proud to put on the USA uniform. I think it's a small breakthrough for American distance running. I'm glad to be part of that."
Women's favorite Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain lived up to her top billing, running a championship record 2:20:57 to defeat defending champion Catherine Ndereba of Kenya (2:22:01). Turena Johnson Lane led U.S. finishers with a personal best 2:34:43 to finish 26th. Johnson Lane's time was the third fastest by a U.S. woman at the World Championships, behind 1983 Silver medalist Marianne Dickerson's 2:31:09 and the 2:32:12 seventh-place finish by Linda Somers Smith in 1995.
The women's World Cup team competition was won by Kenya with a combined time of 7:12:39, the U.S. women finished sixth in 7:49:44.
For more information and Team USA results visit www.usatf.org.
USATF Colorado Association 15 km Championships to be held at Stapleton Stampede
Starting and finishing at Stapleton's Founder's Green, the Stapleton Stampede will once again host the USATF Colorado Association 15 km Championships on August 27.
Featuring $2200 in cash prizes, this year's event will also offer a 5K, and Kids Fun Run, post-race party and drawing prizes, concert, and food at Founders' Green.
For more information visit www.usatf-colorado.org.
USATF Southern California Association 10 km Championships
On September 24, the USATF Southern California Association 10 km Championships will be hosted by one of Southern California's fastest growing 10 kms, the Nike Run Hit Wonder. This year's race is the first in a new series of USATF Road Running Championships from 1-Mile to the Marathon.
Held at the historic Los Angeles Coliseum, the Nike Run Hit Wonder has experienced meteoric growth since its inaugural race 4-years ago with more than 8000 finishers in 2004. Upon completion of the event, runners are invited to a concert featuring Joan Jett and the Blackheart at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Online registration for the race opened on July 12. For more information visit www.scausatf.org.
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
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
August 27, 2005 - USATF Colorado Association 15 km Championships, Stapleton, CO
September 18, 2005 - USATF Inland Northwest Assoc. 5 km Championships, Medical Lake, WA
September 24, 2005 - USATF Southern California Association 10 km Championships, Los Angeles, CA
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
For more information on USATF Long Distance Running events and news visit www.usatf.org.