USATF Long Distance Running Notes

11-22-2006

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

USATF High Performance Division to host Middle/Long Distance Podium Education Project

The High Performance Division of USATF is hosting the third annual Middle/Long Distance Summit in Las Vegas, Nev. Nearly 40 of the very best middle and long distance coaches will be on hand December 14-16 to exchange and share the most current and effective coaching/training methodology and science for middle and long distance runners. This very high qualitative and quantitative event is open to all interested coaches who would like to attend at their own expense, but without a registration fee.

"The Middle/Long Distance Podium Education Project is to bring together some of the best and most advanced minds and thinking about middle and long distance running," said Brooks Johnson, USATF High Performance Chair. "We have a special emphasis on those who have achieved success at the podium level."

Presenters will include Dr. Fabian Polo, Dr. Joe Vigil and Coaches Robert Gary and Terrence Mahon. Topics will include the areas of science, and coaching such as biomechanics, altitude training and peaking.

The event is organized around several concepts and objectives, including the identification of the Critical Zones and Critical Factors that impact performance in the areas of: Biomechanics; Overtraining and Peak Performance Markers; and Foot and Lower Leg Function and Strength.

The Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino is offering a hotel rate ($35.00 per person, per night) while rooms are available. Call 1-800-800-2981 for reservations before November 27.

For more information or to reserve space, contact Amanda Payne at Amanda.Payne@usatf.org; or Jim Estes at Jim.Estes@usatf.org.

For a complete schedule visit the Coaching Education section at www.usatf.org.

Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot/Seagate 5K attracts World Class Field

SAN JOSE, Calif. - In only its second year, the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot 5K/10K and its companion Seagate Elite 5K road race, to be held Thanksgiving morning, is expected to draw 3,000 participants and a superb field of world class and nationally ranked distance runners who will vie for a prize purse of more than $22,000.

The men's field includes three Olympians, an NCAA (collegiate) 10,000-meter national champion, and more than a dozen athletes who have run under 14 minutes for the 5 km distance. The women's race features several of the most promising young distance runners in the world, one Olympian, and national champions and medalists.

Blake Boldon, 27, a coach at Iowa State University, returns to defend his men's title. Boldon will face the likes of 2004 Olympian Dan Browne, 31, of Beaverton, Ore., and 2006 USA 20 km champion Ryan Hall.

The women's elite field is also packed with top talent, including Sara Hall, who won the USA Women's 5 km Championship in Providence, RI in 15:40; Magdalene Mukunzi of Kenya, who brings a 5 km best of 15:38 to the field. Also joining the fray will be Jenelle Deatherage, 29, of Team USA Minnesota; and Romania's Adriana Pirtea brings a personal best of 15:36 to the race.

The top three men and women will earn $2,500, $1,500, and $500 respectively. $5,000 bonuses are up for grabs for the male and/or female who tops the current U.S. 5 km road records. The current U.S. records are held by two Californians: Marc Davis (13 minutes and 24 seconds set in 1996), and Deena Kastor (Drossin) (14:54, 2002). This year's race will also host the Pacific Association/USA Track & Field Open Men's 5 km Championship presented by Santa Clara Valley National Bank.

Long Distance Running Links

America's Running Routes

With over 88,500 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 New York Road Runners will conduct the men's Olympic Trials during the New York City Marathon weekend on November 3, 2007.

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.

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

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