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Team USA announced for North American 5 km Team Challenge

USA Track & Field has announced the Team USA for the North American 5 km Team Challenge, hosted by the Arturo Barrios Invitational in Chula Vista, Calif., on October 23.

The U.S. team will be competing against teams from Canada, the 2004 team champions and Mexico for a total prize purse of $25,000. Each team will be represented by 6 athletes, 3 men and 3 women, scoring the top two times for each sex from each team. The winning team will receive $12,000, second place $6,000 and third $3000.

Below is the Team USA lineup:

Fernando Cabada, 23, Bristol, Va. The 2005 NAIA 5,000 and 10,000 meter champion, Cabada has earned numerous All-American honors at Virginia Intermont College. He was a member of the championship U.S. team that won the inaugural NACAC Cross Country Championships in March.

Ian Connor, 25, Lenoir, N.C. A 2002 graduate of Ohio State, Connor was on the 2003 U.S. World Cross Country team. An Olympic Trials semifinalist in the 1,500m, he owns a personal best in that event of 3:40. In 2005, Connor ran a 5,000m PR of 13:43 and qualified for the USATF Outdoor Championships.

Peter Julian, 34, Boulder, Colo. Julian, a four-time All-American at the University of Portland, earned a spot on the North American team after finishing sixth at the USA 5 km Championships in Providence, R.I. A fixture on the USA Road Running Circuit for several years, Julian has also finished in the top-ten at the 2005 USA 8 km and 10 Mile Championships. Now the head Cross Country and Track coach at Metro State in Denver, Colo., Julian was also responsible for the city of Boulder's successful bid to host the 2007 USA Cross Country Championships.

Lauren Fleshmen, 24, Stanford, Calif. A 14-time All-American at Stanford, Fleshman made an impressive transition into the professional ranks becoming one of the United States' top prospects in the middle distances. Finishing 2nd in 5,000m at USA Outdoors in 15:16.80, she then went on to run a PR of 15:02.52 in Rome this summer and competed at the IAAF World Outdoor Championships. Earlier this year she was the top U.S. finisher at World XC (11th, 13:44), leading Team USA to team bronze medal.

Amy Yoder-Begley, 27, Albuquerque, N.M. A 15-time All-American at the University of Arkansas, Begley is the 2004 USA Women's 10 km champion. She was seventh in the 5,000 meters at the 2005 U.S. Outdoor Tack & Field Championships and was fourth at the 2005 USA 5 km road championships.

Amy Mortimer, 24, Boston, Mass. An assistant track coach at Boston College, Mortimer was a member of the U.S. women's bronze-medal winning team at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. She was third at the 2005 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at 1500 meters, fifth at the USA 5 km Championships and ninth at the USA 8 km Championships.

For more information on the 2005 North American 5 km Team Challenge visit

USA Masters 10 km Championships

From Mark Winitz

Dennis Simonaitis, 43, of Draper, Utah, and Colleen De Reuck, 41, of Boulder, Colorado, on Sunday won the U.S. Masters National 10 km Championships, hosted by the Heritage Oaks Bank 10K in Paso Robles, Calif.

Simonaitis ran the flat and fast, two-loop course in 31:00. De Reuck posted a winning 33:33 among masters women. Both champions earned $3,900 shares of the $12,000 total masters prize purse--for their overall victories and winning age-graded performances.

"I tried to push it a little hard early, just to get out there in the lead," said Simonaitis, who won his second straight U.S. Masters title at the distance. "And the age group victory was something that I wanted, too."

"I've started my taper for Chicago [Marathon]," De Reuck said about her marathon in two weeks. "I thought I'd run 33:30, so it's about what I expected. This was the first time that I've run in a masters only race."

The event also served as the Pacific Association/USATF 10km Championship for Open and Masters divisions. In the separate Open race, Peter Gilmore, 28, of San Mateo, Calif. recorded the Pacific Association men's victory in 30:22. Elissa Riedy, 28, of Oakland, Calif. was the women's open winner in 35:59. A total of $5,050 was awarded to top Pacific Association athletes and clubs.

Full results will be available on the Pacific Association web site at

USATF National Club Co-Ed 10 km Team Challenge

The USATF National Club Co-Ed 10 km Team Challenge, hosted by the Race for the Taste 10K, October 9, 2005 is being held in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival in Orlando, Fla.

Athletes have the opportunity to compete for a minimum of $14,000 in prize money as a part of the USATF Club Co-Ed 10 km Team Challenge.

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- $1500

4- $1000

5- $500

40+, 50+, 60+, 70+

1- $750

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

Columbus Marathon Race Director's Clinic

Sign up now for the Columbus Marathon Race Directors' Luncheon and learn about "Road Racing from 5 Perspectives." This informative luncheon will be the Saturday, Oct. 15 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, beginning at 10 a.m.

Everyone who signs up will receive a free entry into the Columbus Marathon 2- or 3-person relay; a 10% off coupon to the Columbus Marathon Health & Fitness Expo merchandise store; and complimentary coffee break and lunch.

"Road Racing from 5 Perspectives" will cover the following perspectives:

  • Athlete/Coach-Jeff Galloway, renowned marathon trainer and Olympian
  • Director-Iris Simpson Bush, Director, Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon
  • Marketplace-Larry Eder, President, Shooting Star Media and the Running Network
  • Technology-Mike Ducy, President, The End Result Co., and web site publisher of Midwest Running
  • USA Track & Field-Jim Estes, Long Distance Running Programs Manager

Be one of the first 26 people to sign up for this great event and be entered into a drawing for a free pair of Asics! Sign up at

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

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

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 1, 2005 - USATF Colorado Association Cross Country Championships, Boulder, CO

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

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 29, 2005 - USATF Wyoming Association Open Cross Country Championships, Casper, WY

October 30, 2005 - USATF Southern California Assoc. Open & Masters Cross Country Championships, Baldwin Hills, CA

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 5, 2005 - USATF Montana Association Open & Masters Cross Country Championships, Bozeman, MT

November 6, 2005 - USATF New England Assoc. Marathon Championships, Falmouth, MA

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

November 6, 2005 - USATF Adirondack Association Cross Country Championships, Saratoga Springs, NY

November 6, 2005 - USATF New England Assoc. Cross Country Championships, Boston, MA

November 6, 2005 - USATF West Region & Pacific Assoc. Cross Country Championships, San Francisco, CA

November 6, 2005 - USATF Wisconsin Association Open & Masters Cross Country Championships, Madison, WI

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

November 12, 2005 - USATF Minnesota Association Cross Country Championships, Apple Valley, MN

November 12, 2005 - USATF New Mexico Association Open and Masters Cross Country Championships, Cuba, NM

November 12, 2005 - USATF Ohio Association Open & Masters Cross Country Champs, Springfield, OH

November 12, 2005 - USATF San Diego Association Cross Country Championships, San Diego, CA

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

November 19, 2005 - USATF Florida Association Cross Country Championships, Clermont, FL

November 19, 2005 - USATF Missouri Valley Assoc. Open & Masters Cross Country Championships, Lawrence, KS

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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