USATF Long Distance Running Notes

08-29-2006

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

Semick, Dayton win 2006 USA 50 km Trail Championships

Bryan Dayton, 33, of Boulder, Colo., and Kami Semick 40, of Bend, Ore., captured the respective men's and women's titles at the USA 50 km Trail Championships on Saturday, August 26, at the Golden Gate National Recreation area and Mt. Tamalpais California State Park. Semick's win also earned her the masters title.

Semick recovered from a fall early in the race before going on to win her first USA title in a course record 4:25:15. Semick's four and a half minute win broke a seven-year winning streak for her North Face Racing Team teammate and 2006 USA 50 Mile Trail champion, Nikki Kimball.

Patience paid off for Dayton, twice the runner-up at this event, as he passed the leader, Ben Nephew, 31, of Mansfield, Mass., as they completed the final climb from the Tennessee Valley, the last of seven ascents of 1,000 feet.

Dayton's downhill speed and a sprint to the finish, following the last descent, earned him his first USA title and a 3:59:53 finish for a 39-second win over Nephew.

The men's masters winner was Cliff Lentz, 41, of Brisbane, Calif., in third place overall with a time of 4:13:34.

In the senior masters (over 50) Californians, Joe Schieffer, 55, recorded a 5:10:39 while Jeri Howland ran a 5:20:38.

For more information visit www.usatf.org.

Culpepper to make ING New York City Marathon debut

U.S. Olympian Alan Culpepper will run his first ING New York City Marathon on November 5, 2006, the race announced Monday.

Culpepper, a two time U.S. Olympian, finished eighth in the inaugural NYC Half-Marathon Presented by NIKE on August 27, with a time of 1:04:07. After a stellar track career that included representing the United States in the 2000 Olympic 10,000 meters, Culpepper has gradually made the move up to the marathon distance. He is currently fifth on the World Marathon Majors Series leaderboard after his fifth-place finish at the Boston Marathon (2:11:02) in April. Culpepper made his marathon debut in 2001 in Chicago, tying Alberto Salazar's American debut record (2:09:41). He won the 2004 U.S. Olympic Men's Marathon Trials (2:11:42) in a sprint finish against eventual Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi, and he finished 12th in the 2004 Olympic Marathon, the second-highest U.S. finish in 20 years.

Culpepper join's a men's field that includes defending champion and marathon world record-holder Paul Tergat of Kenya and American Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein for the 37th running of the ING New York City Marathon.

For more information visit www.nyrr.org.

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

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