Team USA Team USA Minnesota was founded in 2001 and is based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Over the years, the Distance Training Center has developed an Olympian and achieved 19 national championships in distances ranging from the 1500 meters up through the marathon, achieved 62 top three finishes in U.S. Championships and placed a number of athletes on U.S. World teams. The team has also forged a strong presence in the Twin Cities community, and fostered ongoing relationships with sponsors and contributors, both locally and nationally.
To date, Team USA Minnesota has played a significant role in improving American distance running and plans to do so throughout the foreseeable future. The Team’s mission since 2001 is to:
• Provide an opportunity for talented distance runners to train in an environment that will prepare them to compete on a level with the best in the nation and in the world, including Olympic competition.
• Raise awareness of the sport of distance running through promotional and marketing activities.
• Participate in related community outreach programs, such as clinics, camps, school programs and speaking appearances, in particular working with youth to inspire and motivate them toward healthy lifestyles and goal setting.
• Serve as a focal point for distance running in Minnesota and the nation, a sport that attracts thousands of participants for fitness, exercise and competition.
Team USA Minnesota provides the following to selected athletes: Coaching, monthly stipend, training facilities both indoor and outdoor, health club memberships at Life Time Fitness, assistance in finding a part-time job with a flexible work schedule (if possible in a career field), access to a designated medical team that specializes in runners, assistance with locating housing, travel and lodging support for competitions, among other resources. Athletes are also able to arrange their own shoe company contracts.
The training center can accommodate up to 15 athletes, both male and female, who have the talent, drive and determination to be national, international and Olympic caliber distance runners. Post-collegiate athletes are selected through an application and review process (see Athletes). To request an application form, contact Pat Goodwin at email@example.com.
Team USA Minnesota is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has a coach, a medical team and a 14-member board of directors. The coach is Dennis Barker (see Coach).
Through sponsorship and pro bono arrangements, the medical team consists of two team doctors who specialize in sports medicine; two physical therapists; a trainer at Augsburg College where athletes meet for workouts; two chiropractic clinics with a range of services; Life Time Fitness facilities with pools, treadmills/weights, Alter-G; ACCUA underwater treadmill facility; blood testing and analysis; and massage therapy.
The Team USA Minnesota Board of Directors is a volunteer group comprised of experienced runners who are involved in a variety of ways with the sport of distance running. Their professional experience includes marketing and promotion, fundraising, finance, management, technology, research, healthcare and coaching.
Community and Promotional Activities
Team USA Minnesota athletes participate in selected community outreach activities, such as clinics, seminars and speaking appearances, with an emphasis on health, fitness and motivation. In particular, the athletes focus on youth running programs with several coaching high school cross country and track teams.
In addition, Team USA Minnesota helps raise awareness of the sport of distance running through a variety of promotional and marketing activities, including weekly news releases and sponsorship appearances.
Team USA Minnesota has an ongoing fundraising effort to provide support for the training center athletes. Individuals, organizations and businesses are invited to participate in this program. For corporate sponsors, Team USA Minnesota will work to determine the best opportunities to match both budget and marketing/community relations needs. Sponsorship levels include: Gold, Silver, Bronze and Support Crew (see Sponsors).