INDIANAPOLIS - Molly Huddle (Providence, R.I.) returns to Boston to defend her USA Women's 10 km title Monday at the 2010 USA Women's 10 km Championship, hosted by the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women.
Huddle, who set the American record for 5,000 meters this summer at the Belgacom Memorial van Damme and won last month's USA 5 km title, will face seven-time U.S. road champion Katie McGregor (Saint Louis Park, Minn.) as they both seek a third crown for the 10 km road championship. McGregor won the USA Women's 10 Mile Championship Sunday in Minneapolis.
Also in the hunt for the title will be three-time Olympian Jen Rhines (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) and Renee Metivier-Baille (Boulder, Colo.), who finished second behind McGregor last week in Minneapolis.
The USA Women's 10 km Championship will be webcast live in cooperation with RunnerSpace.com at www.USARunningCircuit.com beginning at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
About the USARC
The USA Women's 10 km Championship is the ninth stop for women on the 2010 USA Running Circuit (USARC).
McGregor currently leads the women's standings with 45 points, while her Team USA Minnesota teammate Antonio Vega (Minneapolis, Minn.) finished the year on top of the men's standings with 44 points.
The USARC is a USA Track & Field road series, featuring USA Championships from one mile to the marathon and attracts the best U.S. distance runners. The circuit features ten events each for men and women.
The 2010 USARC will once again see a record amount of circuit prize money for a non-Olympic year with total prize purse of $623,850 offered by host events. U.S. athletes will also have the opportunity to qualify for various Team USA events, including the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships and the Chiba International Ekiden.
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 ($6,000, $4,000, and $2,500) for the top three men and women point scorers overall. The USARC points at the USA Marathon Championships will be doubled.
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 $6 million dollars to U.S. distance runners.
For more information on the 2010 USA Running Circuit, visit www.USARunningCircuit.com.