USATF Long Distance Running Notes

02-22-2006

Contact:
Jim Estes
LDR Programs Manager
USA Track & Field
317-713-4661

Masters athletes take age-group wins at USA Cross Country Championships presented by Gleukos

In addition to selecting the Team USA that will compete at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, The USA Cross Country Championships presented by Gleukos featured the USA Masters 8 km Cross Country Championships.

The following champions were crowned in each division:

40 -44

Sarah Krakoff (Boulder, Colo.), 31:27; Patrick Fuller (Eugene, Ore.), 24:52

45 - 49

Barbara Gubbins (Southampton, N.Y.), 31:40; David O'Keeffe (Orchard Park, N.Y.), 26:35

50 - 54

Kathryn Martin (Northport, N.Y.), 31:35; James Robinson (Rochester, N.Y.), 28:21

55 - 59

Carolyn Smith-Hanna (Pittsford, N.Y.), 34:58; Roger Price (Piscataway, N.J.), 29:53

60-64

C. Gail Hunter (Longmont, Colo.), 38:29; Terry Delph (Coopersburg, Penn.), 30:47

65 - 69

Dorothy Little (Hopewell, N.J.), 42:55; Thom Weddle (Minneapolis, Minn.), 35:20

70-74

Verne Carlson (Longmont, Colo.), 39:25

75-79

Kenneth Jones (Larchmont, N.Y.), 43:47

For more information on the USA Cross Country Championships presented by Gleukos visit www.usatf.org.

Freescale Austin Marathon has 24 Olympic Trials Qualifiers

AUSTIN, Texas - The 2006 Freescale Austin Marathon on Sunday, February 19, had 24 people qualify for the 2008 Olympic Trials Marathon. The Freescale Austin Marathon also offered financial incentives for athletes who qualify for the 2008 Olympic Trials Marathon at the race.

Leading the American men, Jim Jurcevich (Columbus, Ohio), ran a personal best of 2:14:28 to finish fourth-place overall. Heather Hunt (Englewood, Colo.) led American women, running 2:42:52 for fifth-place overall.

"Our Elite Athlete Coordinator, Greg McMillan is the reason this entire thing worked,' said John Conley, Executive Director of the Austin Marathon Foundation. "He had the vision. He has the passion. He is persuasive. It's the perfect mix."

Since the beginning of the 2008 Olympic Trials Qualifying period, 27 women and 25 men have qualified for the 2008 trials.

For more information on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon visit www.usatf.org.

Long Distance Running Resources

America's Running Routes

With over 10,000 routes, America's Running Routes allows runners to search all routes in a particular city or to narrow their search to find routes on a specific type of terrain, from hotels, in parks, from trailheads or from running stores. Business travelers can find routes to run from the hotel where they are staying or from local parks.

Visit www.usatf.org/routes

USATF Calendar

Search for long distance running events including national and association championships and grand prix events.

www.usatf.org/calendars/search.asp

Resources for Event Directors

How to organize an event, race sanctions, course certifications, competition rules, how to submit results, championship bidding information and more.

www.usatf.org/groups/EventDirectors