BOSTON, Mass. - Defending champion Katie McGregor (Minneapolis, Minn.), 2006 USA Outdoor 10,000 meter champion Amy Rudolph (Providence, R.I.), and the Kara Goucher (Portland, Ore.), the fastest U.S. women at 10,000 meters this year, will lead the field for Monday's USA Women's 10 km Championship. The Championship will be hosted for the 12th time by the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women.
Having won last weekend's TC 10 Mile for the fifth time in a Minnesota state record time of 53:51, McGregor heads into the race with a great strength base from her preparations for her marathon debut later this fall at the ING New York City Marathon.
McGregor's main competition will come from Goucher, who ran the third fastest 10,000 meters ever by an American woman last July at the GE Money Grand Prix in Helsinki, Finland. Goucher finished third in a time of 31:17.12, while McGregor was fifth in 31:32.17.
Looking to add the road title to her outdoor title will be Rudolph, who ran 15:41 to finish second at the USA 5 km Championships in Providence, R.I. on September 17. Also looking to capture her first USA championship will be NCAA Division I 10,000 meter champion Victoria Jackson (Tempe, Ariz.).
The USA Women's 10 km Championships is the final race on the women's 2006 USA Running Circuit (USARC). The USARC is a USA Track & Field road series, featuring USA Championships from 5 km to the marathon and attracts the best U.S. distance runners. The twelfth edition for the men and eleventh for the women, the 2006 circuit has eight events for both men and women.
The first ten U.S. runners earn points at each USARC race (15 for first, 12 for second, 10 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1), with a final $12,500 grand prix purse ($6000, $4000, and $2500) for the top three men and women point scorers overall. The USARC points at the USA Marathon Championships are doubled.
Marla Runyan currently leads the circuit with 45 points, with Zoila Gomez in second with 40 points and Turena Johnson Lane in third with 36 points.
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.
For more information on the 2006 USARC and USA Women's 10 km Championships visit www.usatf.org.