USATF Long Distance Running Notes

10-04-2005

Contact:
Jim Estes
LDR Programs Manager
USA Track & Field
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McGregor leads field at USA Women's 10 km Championships

BOSTON, Mass. - USA Outdoor Track & Field 10,000 meter champion Katie McGregor leads the field of competitors for the USA Women's 10 km Championships, which will be hosted by the Tufts Health Plan 10 km in Boston, Mass., next Monday, October 9.

Leading the open field with McGregor will be international athletes including Emilee Mondor of Canada, Tatyana Posdnyakova of Russia and Marie Davenport of Ireland.

McGregor, a Team USA Minnesota athlete based in Minneapolis, Minn., will look to add the 10 km road title to her resume but will see competition from teammate Carrie Tollefson as well as defending champion Amy Yoder-Begley of Albuquerque, N.M.

Tollefson, the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials 1500 meter champion, finished sixth behind McGregor's fourth-place at the USA 8 km Championships earlier this year as well as sixth in the 5,000 meters at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Yoder-Begley, a 15-time All-American at the University of Arkansas, 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.

The USA Women's 10 km Championships is the final race for women on the 2005 USA Running Circuit (USARC) a USA Track & Field road series, featuring USA Championships from 5 km to the marathon and attracts the best U.S. distance runners. The tenth edition for the women, the 2005 circuit has seven events for women. Nicole Aish currently leads the women's standings with 43 points.

The first ten U.S. runners earn points at each USARC race (15 for first, 12 for second, 10 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1), with a final $12,500 grand prix purse ($6000, $4000, and $2500) for the top three men and women point scorers overall. The USARC points at the USA Marathon Championships will be doubled.

The mission of the USA Running Circuit is to showcase, support, and promote U.S. runners. Since its inception in 1995, the USARC and its races have provided over $4 million dollars to U.S. distance runners.

For more information on the 2005 USA Women's 10 km Championships visit www.usatf.org.

Top teams set for 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, is being held in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival this Sunday, October 9, in Orlando, Fla.

Competing for $14,000 in prize money as a part of the USATF Club Co-Ed 10 km Team Challenge will be teams from Hansons-Brooks, Central Florida Gliders, Universal Sole and Wisconsin Runner Racing Team.

Entries will be accepted through 7:00 P.M., October 8, 2005 at the USATF tent in the Go the Distance" Expo at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex. 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 www.usatf.org.

Prize money:

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

Open

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 www.usatf.org/events/2005/USATFClubCoEd10kmTeamChallenge.

The 2005 USATF Metropolitan Open and Masters Cross Country Championships

Brooks Manhattan Track Club will host the USATF Metropolitan Cross Country Championships at Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx, N.Y.) on Nov 5. The two events to be contested are the men's 8 km at 11 a.m. and the women's 5 km race at 11:45 a.m.

Brooks and the Manhattan Track Club will award prize money for the top teams and individuals as well as t-shirts for all participants as well as prizes for the top performers in all age categories. For more entry information please visit www.manhattantrackclub.org/pages/news/badboyII.html.

Long Distance Running Calendar

Upcoming Association Grand Prix Events

2005 USATF Georgia Association LDR Grand Prix Series

http://usatfgeorgia.org/LDR.html

2005 USATF Pacific Association Road Race Grand Prix Schedule

www.pausatf.org/data/2005/RRschedule2005.html

2005 USATF New Jersey Grand Prix Schedule

www.usatfnj.org/ldr/index.html

2005 USATF Oregon Grand Prix Schedule

www.usatf-oregon.org

Upcoming USARC Events

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

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

Upcoming Mountain/Ultra/Trail Events

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

Upcoming USATF Association Championships

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

For more information on USATF Long Distance Running events and news visit www.usatf.org.