USATF Long Distance Running Notes

07-18-2006

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

Team USA announced for 2006 IAU 100 km World Cup

The Mountain/Ultra Trail council of USA Track & Field has announced the line-up for the team that will represent the U.S. at the 2006 IAU 100km World Cup, on October 8 in Misari, South Korea.

Howard Nippert (Fork Union, Va.), who finished eighth in last year's IAU 100 km World Cup in Hokkaido, Japan, will lead Team USA. Other members include Patrick Russell (Duluth, Minn.) and Greg Crowther (Seattle, Wash.), who also were members of last year's fourth-place men's squad. Joining the three will be Bob Sweeney (Rye Brook, N.Y.); Chad Ricklefs (Boulder, Colo.); and Phil Kochik (Seattle, Wash.).

The women's team will feature Anne Lunblad (Asheville, N.C.), who led last year's gold medal-winning team with a second-place finish at the World Cup. Other top-10 returnees from last year include Nikki Kimball (Bozeman, Mont.), who finished seventh and Tania Pacev (Lakewood, Colo.), who finished ninth. The remaining members of the team are Katherine Koski (Two Harbors, Minn.); Kami Semick (Bend, Ore.); and Connie Gardner (Medina, Ohio).

The Korea Ultra Marathon Federation (KUMF) will host the event under the patronage of the IAAF. More than 300 participants from more than 40 countries expected to compete. The venue will feature a 10 km loop course at the Misari (Motorboat Race Stadium) located 20 km east of Seoul.

For more information visit www.usatf.org.

USATF Adirondack to host Race Course Measurement workshop

USATF Adirondack will be hosting an Eastern Region USATF Road Race Course Measurement workshop at the University at Albany the weekend of July 29-30. The workshop will be conducted by Mike Wickiser, past chair of the USATF Road Running Technical Council and current State Certifier for Indiana.

This workshop is a practical clinic for beginners as well as novice and veteran measurers who want to brush up on their measuring skills. Over a day-and-a-half of lecture and field instruction you will learn and practice the procedures required by USATF to certify a road race course. The general curriculum will include: 1) the fundamentals of course measurement; 2) laying out a calibration course; 3) measuring a road race course; and 4) completing the calculations, documentation, and map required to apply for a USATF Measurement Certificate.

Each participant should bring his/her bicycle mounted with a Jones-Oerth counter or other USATF-approved measuring device.

Special rates for accommodations are available at the Holiday Inn Express at 1442 Western Ave. To make reservations call 518-438-0001 or 1-800-315-2621.

For more information visit www.usatfadir.org.

Long Distance Running Links

America's Running Routes

With over 50,600 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

U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon

One of the most celebrated pre-Olympic events, the 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, will be hosted by two of the world's most distinguished marathon organizers.

The Boston Athletic Association will host the women's event on Sunday, April 20, 2008, the day before the 112th running of the Boston Marathon.

The New York Road Runners will conduct the men's Olympic Trials during the New York City Marathon weekend on November 2, 2007.

For the most recent list of women's qualifiers visit www.usatf.org/events/2008/OlympicTrials-Marathon-Women/entry/eligible.asp.

For the most recent list of men's qualifiers visit www.usatf.org/events/2008/OlympicTrials-Marathon-Men/entry/eligible.asp.

The USA Distance Project

The USA Distance Project is a financial, marketing and promotional partnership for the long-term development of elite USA distance athletes so that they can compete successfully in both domestic and international competitions, including major championship events. This partnership will build on the recent successes of U.S. distance running while maintaining a collective commitment towards developing athletes through the next Olympiad and beyond. The USA Distance Project is presented by the New York Road Runners and supported by Silver Sponsors, The Chevron Houston Marathon and The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.

For more information visit www.usatf.org/about/programs/USADistanceProject.

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