USATF Long Distance Running Notes

10-10-2005

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USATF Long Distance Running Notes

McGregor wins USA Women's 10 km Championships

USA Outdoor Track & Field 10,000 meter champion Katie McGregor added the road running USA Women's 10 km Championship to resume on Monday running 32:25.4. The championship was hosted by the Tufts Health Plan 10 km in Boston, Mass.

A group of five women ran together through four miles, when McGregor and Marie Davenport of Ireland began to pull away. With one hundred meters remaining, McGregor drew clear of Davenport who finished two seconds back in 32:27.9. McGregor's win was worth $10,000.

Rounding out the top three in the U.S. women's race were defending champion Amy Yoder-Begley, second in 32:44.4, and McGregor's Team USA Minnesota teammate Carrie Tollefson, third in 33:00.0.

Aish wins USARC title

The USA Women's 10 km Championships concludes the 2005 USA Running Circuit (USARC) for women. Nicole Aish, who won last week's USA Marathon Championship, is the champion in the women's standings with 43 points. Colleen DeReuck finishes second with 34 points, with Jen Rhines finishing third with 27.

A USA Track & Field road series, the USARC features 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.

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.

Hansons-Brooks Distance Project wins USATF National Club Co-Ed 10 km Team Challenge

The team from the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project took first place at the USATF National Club Co-Ed 10 km Team Challenge, hosted by Disney's Race for the Taste 10K in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday.

Competing for $14,000 in prize money as a part of the USATF Club Co-Ed 10 km Team Challeng,e Hansons-Brooks finished with a cumulative time of 1:38:57 to win over the Wisconsin Runner Racing Team with a time of 1:39:39.

For more information visit www.usatf.org/events/2005/USATFClubCoEd10kmTeamChallenge.

Celedonio Rodriguez wins B.A.A. Half Marathon in first race as U.S. citizen

From Jack Fleming, BAA

BOSTON, Mass. - An overnight downpour had eased to a light, chilly rain by the time 3,082 runners took to the starting line of the fifth annual B.A.A. Half Marathon on Sunday.

Celedonio Rodriguez, a three-time Division II national champion out of Adams State College, shocked a world-class field when he ran away from them early and fearlessly to win in a personal best 1 hour, 4 minutes and 9 seconds. Rodriguez was born in Mexico, but grew up in the United States before attending Adams State in Alamosa, Colo., where he still lives and trains. This was his first victory as a professional -- and his first as an American citizen, which he became just two weeks ago.

On the women's side, Nataliya Berkut of Ukraine finally pulled away from American Jen Rhines just past the 10-mile mark for victory in 1:12:21. Berkut represented her country in the 2004 Olympics and is the national record-holder at both 5000 and 10,000 meters. Rhines, a two-time U.S. Olympian, is also the reigning U.S. 15 km road champion.

For more information visit www.baa.org.

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

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 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 5, 2005 - USATF Metropolitan Association Cross Country Championships, New York, NY

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

December 12, 2005 - USATF New Jersey Association 10 Mile Championships, West Windsor, NJ

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