USA Distance Project announces Chevron Houston Marathon as Silver Sponsor

05-10-2006

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

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -USA Track & Field announced on Wednesday that the Chevron Houston Marathon, host of the 2006 USA Men's Half Marathon Championship, has signed on as a Silver Sponsor of the USA Distance Project.

The USA Distance Project, presented by the New York Road Runners, provides financial support for USA Distance Centers and distance athletes around the country. The Chevron Houston Marathon joins The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon as a Silver Sponsor for the next five years.

"Even a casual review of weekly race results over the past couple of years reveals that the training group concept has been tremendously beneficial for U.S. distance runners, said Chevron Houston Marathon Race Director Brant Kotch. "The Chevron Houston Marathon is proud to provide monetary support to the USA Distance Project for these groups and for U.S. distance running in general."

A partnership of the Long Distance Running Division of USA Track & Field and major U.S. events and running-related corporations, the USA Distance Project is devoted to sustaining the long-term development of elite USA distance athletes, enabling them to compete successfully in domestic and international competitions and major championship events. USA Distance Center programs such as Team Running USA, the Big Sur Distance Project, Team USA Minnesota, The Boulder Performance Training Group and ZAP Fitness have made significant progress toward bolstering the strength of U.S. long distance running. The USA Distance Project will ensure that they are supported through the next quadrennium.

With the support of partners such as the New York Road Runners, Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and the Chevron Houston Marathon, the USA Distance Project will provide yearly funding to the existing network of USA Distance Centers as well as support athlete and coaching summits leading to major international competitions. This partnership will maintain a collective commitment to developing athletes through the next Olympiad and beyond.

For more information on the USA Distance Project, visit www.usatf.org.