USATF Long Distance Running Notes

10-31-2005

Contact:
Jim Estes
LDR Programs Manager
USA Track & Field
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U.S. Olympians highlight field at USA 10 km Championships

MOBILE - A trio of U.S. Olympians will headline the field at the USA Men's 10 km Championships, hosted by the Food World Senior Bowl Charity Run on Saturday, November 5 in downtown Mobile, Ala.

Dathan Ritzenhein, Gabe Jennings and Jonathon Riley will lead a field of more than 40 of America's best distance runners in the event, which will serve as the USA Men's 10 km Championship for the sixth straight year. The men will be competing for a total prize purse of $30,000, with this year's 10 km champion receiving $10,000.

Considered by many America's best young distance runner, Ritzenhein earned a spot on the 2004 U.S. Olympic team at 10,000 meters and his 2005 racing season includes a victory at the USA Cross Country Championships in February. A former NCAA champion from the University of Colorado, he is also the current American collegiate 10,000 meter record holder with a time of 27:38.50.

Jennings won the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials 1,500 meters with a time of 3:35:90, and is currently making the transition to longer distances. He is also a former multiple NCAA 1,500 meter champion from Stanford University.

Riley was a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic team at 5,000 meters. A three-time USA 3,000 meter national champion (2003, 2004 and 2005), he was also the 2001 NCAA 5,000 meter champion while at Stanford University.

Other top men in this year's field include Brian Sell, the 2005 USA 25 km Champion; 2004 U.S. Olympic trials finalists Matt Gonzales, Matt Tegenkamp; and Clint Verran, who finished fifth at the 2004 Olympic marathon trials.

The women's field will feature 2004 U.S. Olympian Kate O'Neill, Katie McGregor, the 2005 USA Women's 10 km champion, and defending Charity Run women's champion Collette Liss.

The race will also serve as the finale for the 2005 Men's USA Running Circuit, a USA Track and Field road series that features USA Championships from 5 km to the marathon, and attracts America's best distance runners.

The eleventh edition for the men and tenth for the women, the 2005 circuit has nine events for men and seven events for women. Abdi Abdirahman leads the men's circuit with 48 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 USA Men's 10 km Championships and the 2005 USARC visit www.usatf.org.

The Austin Marathon Foundation Announces the Freescale Austin Marathon Development Program

AUSTIN - The Austin Marathon Foundation announced that the Freescale Austin Marathon (February 19, 2006) is implementing a unique and innovative support program for athletes trying to qualify for the 2008 Marathon Trials.

Offering perfect running weather, a supportive race staff and a new, faster course, the Freescale Austin Marathon offers a great opportunity for Marathon Trials hopefuls to attain the qualifying standard early in the qualifying period.

The Elite Athlete Program Staff understands what elite athletes need to succeed and are committed to helping athletes achieve their dreams.

For more information about the Freescale Austin Marathon Development Program, contact Greg McMillan via email at greg@freescaleaustinmarathon.com or call 1-877-478-4265.

For more information about the Freescale Austin Marathon visit www.freescaleasutinmarathon.com.

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 USATF Association Championships

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 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 12, 2005 -USATF Long Island Association 8k Championship and Grand Prix Race, Ronkonkoma, NY

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.