USATF Long Distance Running Notes

02-14-2007

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Jim Estes
LDR Programs Manager
USA Track & Field
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Top American Distance Runners to Race in Central Park at the 2007 USA Men's 8 km Championships

NEW YORK – Olympic and American distance running standouts Adam Goucher, a 2000 Olympian at 5,000 meters, Abdi Abdirahman, a two-time Olympian at 10,000 meters, and 2005 champion Jorge Torres have entered the field for the 2007 USA Men's 8 km Championships in New York City's Central Park on Saturday, March 17, 2007.

The race course will cover the last eight kilometers (4.97 miles) of the route that will be used when the New York Road Runners host the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Men's Marathon on Saturday, November 3, 2007.

Torres, 26, of Boulder, Colo., returns as the reigning USA 8 km Champion, having won the title in 2005. An NCAA cross country champion at the University of Colorado, Torres was also the 2006 USA 10,000-meter champion.

Goucher, 31, of Portland, Oregon, will be running the USA 8 km Championships for the first time and has his sights set on breaking the American 8 km record of 22 minutes, 4 seconds, which was set by his coach, running legend Alberto Salazar, in 1981.

Abdirahman, 30, of Tucson, placed fourth at the 2006 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon in 2:08:56, the second-fastest U.S. time for the year.

NYRR is putting up a prize money purse of $35,000 including a first place prize of $10,000. Additionally, a $25,000 bonus will be awarded to the winning athlete who breaks the current 8 km American record.

For more information on the USA 8 km Championships visit www.usatf.org.

Olympians, American Record holders lead USA 15 km Championships field

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Meb Keflezighi and Deena Kastor lead a field of Olympians and former champions who have committed to run March 10 in the USA 15 km Championships in Jacksonville, Fla. The championships are hosted for the 14th time by the Gate River Run 15K.

Keflezighi, the 2004 Olympic Marathon Silver medalist and five-time USA 15 km champion will face serious challenges from USA Half-Marathon Champion and American Record holder Ryan Hall, who recently made his half marathon debut, winning the USA Half-Marathon Championships in an American Record time of 59:43.

2004 Olympic marathon bronze medalist and 4-time USA 15 km champion Deena Kastor will face two-time 15 km titlist Jen Rhines and others.

Race officials also announced that race entries are up more than 25% over this time last year, with nearly 7,000 entries to date. Last year's record was 10,200 entries with 9,050 finishers.

Officials also announced that prize money has increased to a total of $65,000 plus a $5,000 Equalizer Bonus for the first man or woman to cross the finish line. The women's race will begin 5 minutes before the men.

Hansons-Brooks Distance Project to Return to Boston Marathon

BOSTON - With the Boston Athletic Association hosting the 2007 USA Women's Marathon Championship as part of the 111th Boston Marathon on April 16 and the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Women's Marathon held the day before the 112th Boston Marathon, the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project women's team is now set to make their official Boston debut.

The team's five women - Desiree Davila (debut), Yolanda Flamino (2:45:19 PR), Dot McMahan (2:43:27 PR), Kelly Stewart(2:58:21 PR), and Melissa White (2:39:21 PR) - will be competing for overall Boston Marathon prize money and a separate prize money purse for U.S. women.

The team will be visiting Boston on February 15-17 to train on the traditional Boston Marathon course, and to tour the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials route, which consists of multiple loops in Boston's Back Bay and into Cambridge.

At the 2006 Boston Marathon, men from the Hansons program took Boston by storm, placing fourth, 10th, 11th, 15th, 18th, 19th and 22nd. The Hansons team was a large part of an American resurgence at last year's Boston Marathon, where five Americans placed among the Top 10.

As a part of its American Development Program, the B.A.A. is devoted to assisting top American marathoners to visit Boston and train on the courses where they will soon be competing for the 2007 national championship and the 2008 U.S. Olympic team.

Long Distance Running Links

America's Running Routes

With over 105,000 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 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