USATF Long Distance Running Notes

08-24-2006

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

Increased prize/bonus money announced for 2007 USA Half Marathon Championships

The Aramco Houston Half Marathon, host of the 2007 USA Half Marathon Championships, has announced an expanded U.S. prize money structure. The increase brings the total payout to $59,500, with $12,000 going to the men's and women's champions.

Race officials also announced a bonus of $4,000 for breaking the existing race record of 1:02:07 and 1:10:55 for men and women, respectively, plus an additional $5,000 for breaking the existing American records of 1:00:55 and 1:07:34 for men and women respectively.

Masters will compete for a total purse of $1,500 per gender, with the champions receiving $750 each.

The 2007 USA Half-Marathon Championships will be held in conjunction with the thirty-fifth running of the Chevron Houston Marathon on January 14, 2007. Two of the top three U.S. finishers will qualify for the IAAF World Road Running Championships to be held in Udine, Italy, October 14, 2007.

The USA Half-Marathon Championships will be the first race on the 2007 USA Running Circuit (USARC), a USA Track & Field road series featuring USA Championships from 5 km to the marathon and attracts the best U.S. distance runners.

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.

A long-time supporter of USATF long distance running, The Chevron Houston Marathon organization has contributed to the further development of U.S. athletes including as a Silver sponsor of the USA Distance Project. The USA Distance Project is a partnership of the Long Distance Running Division of USA Track & Field and major U.S. events and running-related corporations dedicated 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.

For more information on the 2007 USA Half Marathon Championships visit www.usatf.org.

2006 USA 50 km Trail Championships

Bryan Dayton, the runner-up at the 2005 USA 50 km Trail Championships along with former course record holder Scott Creel, leads the men's entrants for the 2006 USA 50 km Trail Championships, hosted this Saturday, August 26, by the Golden Gate Headlands 50 km. USA 50 Mile Trail Champion Nikki Kimball leads the women's field.

The championship, which will be held at the Golden Gate National Recreation area and Mt. Tamalpais California State Park, follows a scenic and brutally hilly 50 km trail run in the coastal headlands of the Golden Gate National Recreation area and the Mt. Tamalpais California State Park. Seven major hills in the race add up to a cumulative climb of over 7,000 feet.

For more information visit www.usatf.org.

Wild Oats signs on as local sponsor for 2007 USA Cross Country Championships

Boulder 2007, the local organizer for the 2007 USA Cross Country Championships presented by Gleukos. has signed Boulder, Colo.-based Wild Oats as a major local sponsor. The championships which will serve as the U.S. team trials for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, will be held February 10, 2007 at Flatirons Golf Course in Boulder.

"We set out to make this the best USA Cross Country Championships ever," said race director Pete Julian. "Boulder is home to some of the best distance runners in the country and having a locally-based, national company like Wild Oats so eager to support the event is a major enhancement to that effort."

Local organizers will also be hosting a road race on September 4, and a golf scramble on September 8, to support the administration of the event. For more information visit www.boulder2007.com.

Long Distance Running Links

America's Running Routes

With over 62,000 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

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