USATF Long Distance Running Notes


Jim Estes
LDR Programs Manager
USA Track & Field

Team USA Minnesota athlete receives post-graduate scholarship

Anne Golden Bersagel, last weekend's USA Women's Half Marathon champion, has been named as a 2006 recipient of the NCAA Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship.

Bersagel plans to pursue a master of public policy degree with a concentration in foreign affairs at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Bersagel, a USA Distance Project athlete at Team USA Minnesota, was a three-time All-American in cross country and a repeat Academic All-America honoree at Wake Forest University. The five-time track and field All-American will compete in the 10,000 meters at the AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Indianapolis on June 22.

Bersagel and her Team USA Minnesota teammates are supported by the USA Distance Project, a partnership of the Long Distance Running Division of USA Track & Field and major U.S. events and 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.

The USA Distance Project is presented by the New York Road Runners and supported by Silver Sponsors, the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and the Chevron Houston Marathon.

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Hobbs wins Everest Award

Nancy Hobbs, USATF MUT Running Council chair, treasurer of the World Mountain Running Association, and executive director of the All-American Trail Running Association, was awarded the Everest Award for accomplishments in the field of trail running at the TEVA Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado, on Saturday night.

Hobbs, an active mountain and trail runner herself, has been team leader for many USA teams to the World Mountain Trophy event. She has been USATF's only MUT chair, coming on board in 2000 when the Council was established. Prior to that, she participated in Women's Long Distance Running, and served at team leader for the Team USA women at the World Half Marathon Championships in 1993 in Brussels.

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