Team USA Minnesota News

Antonio Vega Finishes 23rd at World Half Marathon

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Oct. 19, 2010 - Team USA Minnesota's Antonio Vega finished in 23rd place and second American on the five-man U.S. team at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Nanning, China, on Oct. 16.  His time was 1:03:37 (winning time was 1:00:07).  The U.S. men's team was sixth out of 11 teams.


"I ran pretty much the entire race with Sean Quigley (who finished first American in 1:03:23)," said Vega.  "The two of us worked together to try to pick people off throughout the race.  Towards the end of the race you could see that a lot of people were falling apart due to the heat.  I feel like I just kind of ran out of room to try to catch people.  If I could go back, I would have put myself with the chase pack in order to give myself a better chance to finish in the top 15.


"It was really hot and humid during the race.  The temperatures were in the low 80's with a lot of humidity.  The race was a lot slower because of the hot conditions.  I went out a little bit more on the conservative side because of the heat.


"Making my first world team was a great experience.  The race was well organized and I had a lot of fun representing the USA in my first major competition."


The IAAF World Half Marathon Championships will next be held in Bulgaria in 2012.


About Team USA Minnesota

Team USA Minnesota is based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Formed in 2001, the purpose of the training center is to improve the competitiveness of post-collegiate American distance running and to develop Olympians.  The athletes are coached by Dennis Barker, head cross country and track coach at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.  Team USA Minnesota's major sponsor is Life Time Fitness ( and its silver sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion (  It is also supported by the New York Road Runners and the USA Distance Project along with a grant from Running USA.  For more information, visit the team's web site at




Pat Goodwin