USATF Long Distance Running Notes


Jim Estes
LDR Programs Manager
USA Track & Field

America's Running Routes hits 100,000 routes

America's Running Routes, the largest searchable database of running routes in the United States, already boasts more than 100,000 unique routes after just over one year in existence.

Introduced at the 2005 USA Track & Field (USATF) Annual Meeting, America's Running Routes uses cutting edge technology provided by Google Maps. A revolutionary service developed by USATF, America's Running Routes, allows runners to map and measure their favorite running routes and then save them to a searchable database of running routes.

America's Running Routes provides the running community with an array of functionality and shows USATF's continued commitment to offer runners of all ages and abilities information and services to enhance each running experience.

Ever wonder how far your run was? Just visit America's Running Routes, map out your run using satellite views, and the distance will be displayed, including mile markers along the route. Think others might enjoy your running route? Click the "save" button, and your route will be added to the database for others to enjoy.

America's Running Routes allows runners to search for routes in a particular city or to narrow their search to find running routes from hotels, parks, schools, trail heads, or running stores. Business travelers and vacationers can now find running routes near their hotel or other destination.

To learn more about America's Running Routes, visit, and then click on the America's Running Routes icon.

America's Running Routes - Run It. Map It. Share It. - A Database of America's Running Routes

USATF High Performance Division Middle/Long Distance Podium Education Project Podcasts available

The High Performance Division of USATF hosted the third annual Middle/Long Distance Summit in Las Vegas, Nev., on December 14-16, 2006. Nearly 40 of the country's top middle- and long-distance coaches were on hand to exchange and share the most current and effective coaching/training methodology and science for middle and long distance runners. Four Podcasts highlighting from the event are available here.

Podcasts feature information from Dr. Joe Vigil and Coaches Robert Gary and Terrence Mahon, with topics including the areas of science, and coaching such as biomechanics, altitude training and peaking.

The event was 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.

For more information visit

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America's Running Routes

With over 100,000 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.


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

For the most recent list of women's qualifiers visit

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

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