INDIANAPOLIS - Greg Crowther (Seattle, Wash.) will head to Madison, Wisconsin this Saturday to defend his title at the 2008 USA 100 km Championships. The championships will be hosted for the second time by the Mad City 100K.
The distance, 100 kilometers, is just over 62 miles, where 37 competitors will run a scenic 10-kilometer course around Lake Wingra ten times, providing support crews and spectators many opportunities to see the athletes during the event.
Crowther will have his work cut out for him as Michael Wardian (Arlington, Va.), makes his first appearance at the 100 km championships. Wardian won the USA 50 km championships last month, setting a championship record of 2:55:05.
Age-group aces Kevin Setnes (Eagle, Wis.) and Roy Pirung (Kohler, Wis.) are also entered in the men's field. Last year they finished third and fourth respectively.
Leading the women's field will be Carolyn Smith (Milwaukee, Wis.), third in last year's championships. Smith is a frequent competitor in international ultramarathons, in 2005 she finished 11th in the world at the 24-hour run championships, helping the U.S. win the team bronze medal.
Joining Smith will be U.S. national team member Connie Gardner (Medina, Ohio), who finished 5th among the women in last year's national championship race in Madison. Gardner has also recorded national championships wins in the 100-mile run in 2003 and the 100-kilometer run in 2002.
Former 2-time national champion Ann Heaslett (Madison, Wis.) will also compete in the championship. In last year's national championship, Heaslett finished as the 4th-place woman in a time of 8 hours, 45 minutes, 27 seconds.
At stake are spots on the U.S. team going to 100 km World Cup race in Tuscania, Italy, on November 8, 2008. Guaranteed spots on the team will be offered to the first male and the first female in the USA 100 km championship race. Additional athletes may qualify if they run 7 hours, 20 minutes or faster for men, or 8 hours, 40 minutes for women.
A prize purse of $9,650 will be awarded to the top six U.S. male and female finishers in the championships division with the champions taking home $2,000.
For more information on the 2008 MUT circuit visit www.usatf.org.