USATF Long Distance Running Notes

09-07-2006

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

Chevron Houston Marathon hosts "kick-off" event

(HOUSTON, Texas) - The march to the 2007 edition of the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon begins tomorrow with a press conference in Houston.

Houston Mayor Bill White will deliver opening remarks and present a check totaling $660,000 on behalf of the Chevron Houston Marathon Committee to the charities associated with the 2006 "Run for a Reason" charity program.

Race Director Brant Kotch will also recap the success of this year's race, as well as introduce 2006 USA Half Marathon champion Brian Sell as they present the details regarding the 2007 USA Half Marathon Championships which will feature the top U.S. men and women. The race will offer an expanded U.S. prize money structure with a total payout of $59,500, and $12,000 going to the respective men's and women's champions.

For more information on the USA Half Marathon Championships and a complete prize money breakdown visit www.usatf.org/events/2007/USAHalfMarathonChampionships.

On Monday the marathon will host a "Charity Day Party" to introduce runners to the charities associated with the 2007 Run for a Reason program.

A long-time supporter of USATF long distance running, The Chevron Houston Marathon organization has contributed to the further development of U.S. athletes by signing on 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 Chevron Houston Half Marathon visit www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com.

Keflezighi hoping third time's the charm in New York

After two consecutive top-three finishes at the ING New York City Marathon, Olympic marathon silver medalist Meb Keflezighi of the United States will give the 26.2-mile course through New York's five boroughs another go on November 5, 2006. Keflezighi's plan to participate in the 37th running of the ING New York City Marathon was announced Wednesday by race director Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners. Keflezighi joins a professional men's field that includes defending champion and marathon world record-holder Paul Tergat of Kenya and fellow Americans Alan Culpepper and Dathan Ritzenhein.

Seventy days after capturing the 2004 Olympic marathon silver medal in Athens, Keflezighi finished as New York's runner-up with a time of 2:09:53. Last year, he posted a time of 2:09:56 to place third behind Tergat and Hendrick Ramaala. His marathon debut was at the 2002 New York City Marathon, where he placed ninth in a time of 2:12:35.

"I am very excited to come back for the ING New York City Marathon," said Keflezighi, a resident of San Diego. "It will be my eighth marathon and the fourth time in New York City. The ING New York City Marathon allows me to perform on a world stage against the best marathoners in the world. I am looking forward to competing against the announced field and I know there will be more great runners added in the near future."

Keflezighi, 31, is currently tied for fifth on the men's 2006-07 World Marathon Majors leaderboard. He ran the series-opening Boston Marathon in April where he turned in a third-place performance with a time of 2:09:56.

For more information visit www.nyrr.org.

Team Nebraska Brooks expands coaching staff

Dr. Kregg Einspahr has been named to the coaching staff of Team Nebraska Brooks, a USATF Elite Development Club based in Omaha, Neb. Einspahr will work with current Team Nebraska Brooks coaches Ann Ringlein and Will Lindgren to provide oversight and consultation on training to both the male and female athletes in the program.

In addition to coaching for Team Nebraska Brooks, Einspahr is the head men's and women's cross country and track & field coach at Concordia University in Seward, Neb., and a professor of biology. As a head coach for 15 years, his athletes have claimed 12 individual national titles in addition to numerous All American and Academic All American awards. Einspahr was named the 2005 Great Plains Athletic Conference women's cross country coach of the year and 2005 NAIA Region 3 men's cross country coach of the year.

Team Nebraska Brooks is dedicated to the support of USATF's efforts to develop nationally and internationally competitive athletes by increasing and enhancing the number of year-round training environments available to post-scholastic and post-collegiate U.S. athletes so they may further improve in the sport.

For more information visit www.teamnebraska.com.

Long Distance Running Links

America's Running Routes

With over 70,000 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