USATF Long Distance Running Notes

05-17-2006

Contact:
Jim Estes
LDR Programs Manager
USA Track & Field
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Clubs headed to Denver for USATF National Club Marathon Relay Championships

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The third edition of the USATF National Club Marathon Relay Championships will be hosted by the Post-News Colorado Colfax Marathon in Denver, Colorado, on May 21. With $30,000 in prize money at stake, clubs will be competing for national titles as well as unprecedented prize money for a club competition.

Clubs from California, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina and Washington are entered, including both the men's and women's defending champion clubs. The marathon relay event is the first of three club championship events in the 2006 USATF Club Championship Series.

"We are excited about this year's championships and the turnout from around the country," said USATF President Bill Roe. "The goal of this championship is to offer both elite development clubs and grass roots clubs the opportunity to have a road championship which they can focus on each year."

On the women's side, the defending champions, adidas Raleigh TC (N.C.), will be challenged by strong squads from Moving Comfort - Montana (Mont.), Rocky Mountain Distance Team (Colo.), and Team Nebraska Brooks (Neb.).

The men's competition will see the defending champions, Fleet Feet Sports-Brooks (Ky.) facing tough challenges from Boulder Express "BX" (Colo.), Asics Aggies Running Club (Calif.), Boulder Running Company/adidas (Colo.), Club Northwest (Wash.) and Team Nebraska Brooks (Neb.).

For more information on the 2006 USATF National Club Marathon Relay Championships visit www.usatf.org.

USARC Standings

2006 USA Men's 10 Mile Champion Abdi Abdirahman leads the USA Running Circuit (USARC) with 25 points, Andrew Carlson of Team USA Minnesota is second with 21 points and 2004 Olympic Marathon Silver medalist Meb Keflezighi is in a three-way tie for third with 2006 USA Men's Half Marathon Champion Brian Sell and Fernando Cabada, who won the USA 25 km Championship last weekend, with 15 points each.

The women's USARC currently has 2006 USA 15 km Champion Blake Russell tied for first with 2006 USA 25 km Champion Turena Johnson Lane, with 15 points each. 2004 Olympic Marathoner Jen Rhines is tied for third with Melissa White with 12 points each.

The next USARC event is the USA Women's Half Marathon Championships, hosted by the Hospital Hill Half Marathon, on June 3. It will be the third stop on the circuit for the women.

The USARC is a USA Track & Field road series, featuring USA Championships from 5 km to the marathon and attracts the best U.S. distance runners. The twelfth edition for the men and eleventh for the women, the 2006 circuit has eight events for men and 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 2006 USARC visit www.usatf.org.

Former half marathon world record holder Mark Curp joins advisory board of Kansas City Smoke

The Kansas City Smoke has announced that former half marathon world record holder Mark Curp has joined the Advisory Board of USATF Elite Development Club - Kansas City Smoke. Curp will contribute his knowledge and expertise as the Kansas City team seeks to increase its success in American distance running.

"Mark will assist with coaching duties, as needed," said team director, Shawn Love. "We couldn't have asked for a better mentor for this club; his applied knowledge of the sport is invaluable."

For more information on the Kansas City Smoke and the USATF Elite Development Club program visit www.usatf.org/clubs/programs/EliteDevelopmentClubs.

Long Distance Running Resources

America's Running Routes

With over 23,400 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

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

USATF Calendar

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

www.usatf.org/calendars/search.asp